Thursday, October 29, 2015

#ChiangMai - The Arrival

It's been a while since I back from my short trip from Chiang Mai! I was too obsessed with the International Chopin's Competition and I was ''chopinized'' after that, and practiced my Chopin piece like a crazy pianist. Only today, I feel like taking a night off from my practice, I'm certainly not a sane woman am I not?

A few clips from the competition for you if you're interested! 

Alright, back to my Chiang Mai trip! We were taking AirAsia, and we paid additional 165 MYR for one luggage (20 kg) seat and a set meal. 

Ordered this meal online beforehand! 12 MYR for Mee Mamak and Teh Tarik if I'm not mistaken.

Just so so, it was tastier before.

Self in-flight entertainment- Running Man!

Upon arrivals, we were greeted by this friendly guy from We rented a Toyota Vios for our 4D3N trip in Chiang Mai! It was only 990 THB per day, by far the cheapest that I could find. We made the booking on their website before our trip, then paid deposit of 5000 THB and handled him a photocopy of passport and Malaysian's driving licence when we meet. 

Tadaa! Our ride for 4 days!

Car inspecting is the guy's thing, I suppose.

The feedback of the car? 

New and good condition car of course, but it doesn't have a reserve sensor! The only cons of the car is the tint, the car were overly heavy tinted which made our night drive difficult. We had to window down to drive at night cause we could barely see! It was too dark!! 

We settled our first meal in Chiang Mai with a random restaurant outside our hotel.

The meal was quite a disappointing one, nothing much to talk about.

Move on to our first night stay in Chiang Mai!

Victoria Nimman hotel.

Love their welcome drinks- Mango juice.

We booked the hotel at Agoda with only 70.44 MYR/ night without breakfast (after tax). 

One double bed + one single bed.

I only expected a double bed, the single bed was an.....extra? The bed is quite soft and comfy, and it's much spacious than we expected. 

A huge closet with a large mirror.

Perfect for #ootd pic.

Bathroom is basic, and simple.

The living room is a bonus for us!

TV is rather small....

The hotel provides a plentiful of car park space!

Frankly to say, the hotel is beyond our expectation, given the amount of money we spent. Enough of car park space, spacious room, comfy bed, bathroom with heater, etc. They have two blocks and a swimming pool which I didn't have the time to swim due to our tight itinerary! For the first night we barely have time in the hotel so our requirement is rather basic, clean and comfortable are the two things we were looking for.

108 Soi 17 Nimmanhaemin Sirimanklajan T.Suthep A. Muang, Nimmanhemin, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200.

Cons of this hotel? 
  • a little inconvenient for travellers who don't drive, it's located in city, but restaurants and convenience store are not in walking distance
  • no kettle is available in the room, even after we requested for it, they sent a huge boiler to us instead

Travel tips:

  • Book vehicle online if you plan to drive, it's so much cheaper. The airport charge at 1430 THB for the same Vios.
  • Request for vehicle with reverse sensor and lighter shade of tint, if you're having issue driving with dark mirror at night, or if you plan to drive a lot at night.
  • Better let a very experience travel buddy to drive in Chiang Mai, the wheels in the city is no fun! I wouldn't dare to drive at all.
  • It's very difficult to get a proper place for parking in the Chiang Mai city! The road is sometimes very narrow too! Again, please don't drive if you're not an experience driver.

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