This morning we enjoyed the resort especially the amazing views, it will be very sad to say goodbye to this place! We prefer locations like this as opposed to beaches.
Once we checked out we stayed a while around the pool where we managed to get a lot done, booked UK flights to get us to Leeds / Bfd, decided on exactly which Andaman Islands to stay on and booked the accommodation. Did some research on boat transfers and flights to Krabi. Then, with a heavy heart we headed to town on our scooter in good time for our bus departing for Chiang Mai at 4pm. We had time for one last visit to Chew Xin Jai, also saw a couple of lovely temples. We wandered around some shops and I bought mango and sticky sweet rice from a stall – it’s too good to just walk by!
Returning the scooter
Then on to our bus where we felt the twists and turns a more today. The driver was on a mission and played Thai music non stop all the way! We arrived at Chiang Mae bus station about 19:15 and were approached by a Songthaw driver….I think he ripped us off by 100 baht for a ride to our hotel but we were too tired to care, the journey from Pai had taken it out of us a bit…or maybe it was just the thought of leaving wonderful Pai!
We arrived just in time to catch Gianiji leaving the Gurdwara for a little outing so we collected our bags from the Gurdwara and popped to Baan Chonpakorn next door to drop them off. I then went off in search of more lemon Ritz biscuits, yes i am addicted to them! I returned a short while later at which point we popped downstairs to negotiate a discount on our room on the basis that we were planning to stay 3 extra nights. We managed to get our rate down to just over £17 (usual rate £20). Then we wandered down Charoenrat Road in search of a nice coffee shop. After popping into Chez which had a very cute puppy, we ended up at Cafe Regina which is an unusual place, full of bric and brac and cats of all shapes and sizes! The owner has ten in all, 5 of which are very young kittens. I enjoyed playing with them but something seemed to scare them off! After a peppermint tea for Sangeet and a coffee for me, we had a stroll back to the hotel then sent some emails and did some research before bed. Gurdwara programme at 7.30am tomorrow…..