Hero Material and I made our way to the airport — this time Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort arranged for it — and got there in one piece and with plenty of time to spare. Phuket airport is one of the worst I’ve ever been to, alas. It’s nowhere near as nice as Bangkok, Incheon or Narita.
One thing I suggest that people do is eat before boarding. This time we flew economy, and the food was horrid. I can’t stand mayonnaise — I hate the smell of it, the color, the taste of it, the texture — and it was in all their food. So I couldn’t eat anything. By the time we landed in Chiang Mai, I was extremely hungry and was getting a nasty headache from the low blood sugar.
Chiang Mai airport is much better than the one in Phuket. The Airport Taxi company was very good, and we were able to get to Le Meridien Chiang Mai for just 120 baht (less than $4).
I really liked the main entrance.
And the elephant fountain just looks awesome.
The hotel appeared very new and modern.
And of course, our room (the most important thing!):
Le Meridien Chiang Mai also gave us a nice platter of fruit with a memo from the general manager congratulating us on our marriage. I have no idea how they knew I love eating. LOL. Fruit in Thailand tastes awesome. Crisp and juicy and sweet. *bliss*
The hotel also has a lovely pool.
Since I was starving, we decided to go out and walk around and find a place to eat. This is what it looks like outside our hotel.
After we ate something — I think it was some kind of curry or whatever…I can’t even remember to be honest because I was that hungry, and my head hurt too much. But afterward, I felt so much better, so Hero Material and I decided to walk around some. We found some interesting street shops.
And look what we found!
He’s only four years old. We got to feed him some sugarcane. He wasn’t chained, and his owners didn’t use sticks or anything to make him move around, and it was obvious that he wasn’t being abused. It cost me 20 baht to feed this little sweetie. :wub:
After that, we got a foot massage at a place called Let’s Relax, on the second floor of the big McD building you saw above.
Around 9-ish or so, we returned to the hotel and asked our concierge about going to the elephant camp. We thought about doing a group tour, but decided against it because we didn’t want to be at the mercy of whatever schedule the tour company decided on. The concierge recommended that we take a taxi out there. He made our reservation and everything. Yay!
Day 6 — (BIG) elephants here we come…! W00t!