It was our last day in Chiang Mai, my first birthday since I’ve started this single dad blog, the mid-point of our 2 weeks in Thailand.
We woke up early, brewed some coffee, and sat at a table in the middle of the garden where tiny rainbow-colored fish wiggled in a pond.
The guesthouse owners arranged a taxi for $5 to the airport and flew back to Bangkok. From there, it was $10 per person to hop on a bus and we were off to Hua Hin.
The bus from Bangkok Airport to Hua Hin is found on Level 1 next to Gate 8.
The buses were clean, comfortable, and stacked with a free bottle of water.
We had plenty snacks and sandwiches from 7-11, and as I took my first drink of a Chang, I noticed a sign saying there was a $300 fine for drinking alcohol on the bus.
Oh well, it was already open. And I’m a single parent blogger, I could use a break.
Five rumbling hours through rain later and we pulled into the bus stop outside of the city center.
A mini-bus was waiting to take us to our hotel. Having forgotten to change money or withdraw any Thai Baht that day, we simply had to take a sustained look of disdain along with an upcharge to take us to the money changing place before our hotel.
It was dark out by the time we got to our hotel, so we ate, and promptly went to sleep half way through our 2 weeks in Thailand.
The next week was rather uneventful because that’s how I planned it!
We stayed in ‘Angel Room’ at Hin Ngam Condo, a lovely, relaxing resort with two kids’ pools for Auburn.
She loved the slides, zero-depth entrance, and jet tub. There were squirt guns, pool toys, and the trees next to the pool would drop big leaves in that Auburn loved to collect.
It was easy to let her swim all day while I relaxed and read a book in a lounge chair.
Honestly, the whole week was like this. We had no reason to go anywhere in Hua Hin.
The room was super comfortable; the pool was a fantastic place for Auburn to play, and, frankly, I didn’t want to do anything besides relaxing all week long, happy 31st to me 😀
There were a few food stalls outside the resort that we liked to eat at in the evening. One night they served us something that we weren’t sure what it was.
I saw it again recently in Hong Kong.
It was lung.
A soup full of lungs.
And we ate it.
All of it.
Great news: you can make it at home.
After the *refreshing* week in Hua Hin, and roughly 2 weeks in Thailand, we were back to Bangkok for a few days.
We took a full day to explore The Grand Palace. The Grand Palace costs around $15 per person. It’s beautiful there, and scary.
There’s an incredible temple, massive, golden statues with peaceful faces, and immense murals depicting everything from death to debauchery.
You can enter an old arsenal there. It’s a display of an array of flesh-severing pikes and bone-crushing maces.
Some of them are easily recognizable from movies and TV; others are frightening to see for real. Their shapes give a vicious indication of what they do to a person.
If you’ve made it this far into The Grand Palace, you’re probably hungry by now. So be smart, open your backpack and eats the sandwiches and snacks you brought along.
There are 1,000,000 instagrammable spots in The Grand Palace, I recommend you find them.