In July 2015 my friends and I decided to visit the Northern part of Thailand including Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Bangkok.
We travelled with Air Asia from Bankgok Don Meung to Chiang Mai airport. The flight was a quick one of 1.5 hours. The service was good, clean and the staff were very friendly. We visited Thailand for 6 days. Being July the weather was hot and dry as well as very humid.
We visited and stayed with friends in Chiang Mai. We moved around from place to place either with a scooter or on a tuk tuk.
Their transport services were excellent, on time (of course depending on the traffic), quick and reliable.
One of the highlights of my trip to Chiang Mai was to go and visit Tiger Kingdom. In this place you could go and not only see the different types of tigers they had in captivity but you were also able to touch,hug and take a photo with them. At first the tiger maintenance staff told us what not to do and if danger was to occur what to do then. So as we entered the cage we were excited but mostly frightened.
The experience in hugging and caressing the tiger was amazing but also the feeling of seeing them in captivity was sad. There were tigers, white tigers and baby cubs that you could caress and play with.
We had heard about a great waterfall near Chiang Mai that was only 20 minutes away but after 2 hours we ended up to another waterfall that did not have a big quantity of water due to being the dry season but we made the most out of our 2-hour ride. We brought lunch with us and sat on the rocks in the middle of what was supposed to be the big waterfall. We relaxed, walked around the waterfall and ate. It was great as there was no one around, it was just us, so the time I spent with the friends was very enjoyable.
We then travelled from Chiang Mai to Hua Hin on a train. It was the first time ever I took a train in Asia after living in Vietnam for 3.5 years.
We travelled in a 4-berth cabin. The train was clean and the food was great, the only downfall was that it was a night train so you did not get to see the scenic view on the way to Hua Hin.
Hua Hin is very small but very beautiful and more beautiful in summer. We arrived there and it almost rained all the 4 days we were there.
We stayed at a German owned Bed and Breakfast. The service was great, it was clean and breakfast was a European Breakfast. What amazed me was how many expats had moved there to live!
There were German, Greek, Italian, French restaurants and more! The people were amazing, gerenous and happy to assist us when we needed directions.
The B&B was in the city centre and so we were in a great location and we managed to walk everywhere.
We went to the beach and sat there and kept quiet admiring the beach and listening to the waves crashing. We also went to the night market which was fun and we ended up in a little pub at the market that had live music playing.
The Northern Part of Thailand is beautiful and there is so much more to see. Once you go to Thailand, travel and see how much you can in depth and you will never want to leave.