On our fourth day we woke up bright and early, ready to start exploring Chiang Mai right away. We headed downstairs for breakfast at the hostel and were met by a girl we had met the previous day at the pool. She had a few hours to kill before her bus to Pai so we invited her to walk around town with us. The hostel we stayed in was actually quite nice, although it wasn’t very luxurious. If you’re wondering where to stay in Chiang Mai, you can learn more here. If you can afford a hotel, I would highly recommend one over a hostel.
She went off for a Thai massage and we turned around to find a fish spa, but not before stopping in to look at a few temples along the way. One thing I can tell you for sure: there is no shortage of temples here in Thailand.
We found a “beary fun fish spa” at the top of the road that also doubled as an internet cafe. They really maximize on their space here.
You may be wondering what a fish spa is and I think that guy was too. You stick your feet in a fish tank and all the little fish chew at your feet, eating away the dead skin. I wish it didn’t sound so gross because it was the best experience ever. I know, bold statement.
It was a little ticklish at first and I had to pretend fish weren’t biting me to stop laughing but once you get used to it, it just feels like your feet are surrounded by bubbles. You can only feel it when the really fat ones chomp. And at the end your feet are as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
We ate at Cafe du en-amor per a suggestion. The food was good but the menu was a bit limited. And as you can see, despite how adventurous we are trying to be, we just can’t give up ordering spring rolls.
We quickly wrapped up lunch and headed to, you guessed it, the pool.
It was the perfect way to relax before dinner, which we had at Rachadamneon Kitchen. A little sick of Thai food, we opted for a good ol’ cheese pizza and carafe of wine. Don’t worry, we also got spring rolls. The restaurant was a bit hot so the weather decided to do use a favor and pour down rain. Although we were sitting under cover, our table and food got soaked.
That is not condensation on my wine glass, but rather the side effects of a leaky roof. Given the rain we hopped in a tuk tuk back to the hostel to change before heading out.
Many bars have been closing early for the curfew so instead everyone just met at the Garden where they had a live band. Most of the travelers we meet seem to be British so add together cute boys with British accents and you can imagine it’s instant love. We all sat around an unlit bonfire until the curfew brought things to an end. Tomorrow we will be heading off to the temples in the mountains for our last day in Chiang Mai and after that we are off to Pai for some waterfalls!
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