So now we have been six hectic days enjoying location independent in sunny Chiang Mai. We have done plenty of things in order to transform ourselves into the local lifestyle, such as acquired a local prepaid sim card into my iPhone, opened a Thai bank account (the whole process needs an own blog post itself) with a local debit card and visited a dentist – twice (nobody likes dentists but man’s gotta do what man’s gotta do).

Dental 4U Clinic

Dental 4U Clinic

Chiang Mai Women's Correctional Institution

Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution

In addition, we have had two massages, one wonderful, one mediocre, have eaten delicious local foods, Khao Soi, Pad Thai and Massaman Curry, in countless cozy restaurants like Aroon Rai, Cooking Love and Taste in Heaven as well as have ridden around the beautiful city with our rented 99-baht-per-day (approx $2,8) motorbike.

At the Barber Shop in the Old City

At the Barber Shop in the Old City

Oh yeah, I had also a visit again to a familiar barber in order to get a haircut and shaving. I’ve had an 80 bath ($2.25) haircut there every time we’ve been in Chiang Mai.

Location independent celebrations

Loi Krathong festival was also held in the beginning of this week. This year’s festival was more peaceful than usually because the longest reigning living monarch in the world, the King of Thailand had passed away earlier this Autumn after 70 years on the throne. That is the reason why there was only held one parade during the three days festival and handful of sky lanterns released in the sky. According to Wikipedia, Loi Krathong festival comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.

Loi Krathong Festival decorations

Loi Krathong Festival decorations

It was time to get back to the basics after the Loi Krathong festival. I have been working a lot during these days in Thailand in order to get this blog flowing. Additionally, I have one eCommerce store, own internet marketing company and some freelancing stuff to be taken care of so you can imagine we haven’t had any vacation time here yet 🙂 Still, I managed to get the first sale from the eCommerce store so persistence pays off and hopefully there are countless more to come.

Changing the accommodation

ZZ House Chiang Mai

ZZ House Chiang Mai

It was also time for us to change a guest house because everything didn’t run as smoothly as we have planned in Viraporn’s Place. From the previous visits in Chiang Mai, we knew few pretty good places to stay but which were also fully booked when we first arrived. Now, the famous ZZ House at the East side of the city and managed by a flowing spirit called Boyd, had one room available which we had to take advantage of. We have never booked a room for 10 days at once but now we do. The reason for that obviously is that we can trust the accommodation and service we will get. ZZ House might not have the best location or rooms but the host Boyd and the atmosphere within guests are maybe the best we have seen in the whole Southeast Asia.

During the following weekend, we will get some company to location independent Chiang Mai when two of our friends arrive in the town. More on that and other traveling stories will follow soon.

Some of the pics taken during the week:

Life's getting stable in the North Thailand
Getting to Chiang Mai