Thailand is a country that I personally never thought I would visit, or needed to. However, when my husband and I found out how cheap it was to visit Chiang Mai Thailand from Hawaii, we had to take the opportunity to go. It was a very last minute trip, but we planned it out in just a month and made it happen when he got back from deployment.
Airlines and Hotels
We booked through AirAsia, and it was honestly the worse experience we ever had with flying and my husband, and I travel…. a lot. So if you’re considering taking this airline, don’t. Invest the few extra hundred in a better airline; IT WILL BE WORTH IT. If you are okay with crappy food and seatings on an airplane, and would rather save money, then stick with AirAsia.
For our hotel, we booked our stay at Hotel Mayu, and we were happy with their service, the room and the breakfast. The room was so clean; the shower was terrific, the bed was comfy, oh and all the food options were to die for! Fresh eggs on request and so much more, it was overwhelming (in a right way). Plus, all of this was just $301 for the whole week. So cheap!
Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand is an elephant sanctuary. It’s one of my favorites of the trip. We got to feed the elephants, walk along side of them, and watched them bathe. This was by far the highlight of our trip!
Investing in a cooking class is a must when you come here, and it was so incredibly cheap! I loved getting to go to the local market and pick fresh herbs from the garden out behind the school. The food we cooked was so delicious and we even got to keep the recipe (peanut stir-fry).
Chiang Mai Thailand
– Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary
– Doi Inthanon National Park
– Cooking Class
– Night Bazaar (the food options are unlimited, and we ate there twice because we wanted to go back a second time for more)
– Temple Exploring in the Old City
– Night Safari
– Download the app “Grab.” It’s like Uber, and it’s cheap and easy
– Count your cash in person or leave your purse out (obvious)
– Don’t be afraid to negotiate prices (if they sell for .50 baht, say you will take it for .30)…etc. This goes for taking taxi’s too
– Do not eat at food trucks that have cats, dogs, flies, etc. hanging around it. Odds are, it’s terrible food. This goes for the local markets too. (SO MANY FLIES ON THE MEAT)
– Don’t forget to pack long pants and shirts because all the temples won’t let you in unless you are covered well