Road Trip

Last week we were told by the school that a large number of Thai under 20 athletes would be visiting Loei for about two weeks for some sort of sporting event. As such our school is being used (with 4 others in the area) to house the athletes during this time. Thus we have two weeks off!


We’ve decided to go to Chiang Mai. The other people we’re living with are at different schools and don’t have the time off. Zoe is going south for a full moon party, and as that’s not our scene, we’re going north-west.

We had a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to get there from Loei, but we’ve secured seats on a coach tomorrow that will take us to Phitsanulok, which is a historic city in lower-northern Thailand. It’ll take us about 4 hours to get there and we’ve booked a budget hotel to stay in overnight.

On Thursday we’ll get a train from Phitsanulok up to Chiang Mai which will take roughly 7.5 hours. We’ve booked a private room in a hostel for the first night as we’ll arrive approximately 9pm, and then if we like the hostel we’ll book more days there or shop around.

We plan to be in Chiang Mai until the following Wednesday morning before travelling back to Phitsanuok and then onto Loei on Thursday.

Having just double checked online, it looks as though we have perfect timing as the Loi Krathong festival is due to take place in November with celebrations taking place in Chiang Mai from the 10th-18th. So expect lots of photos!

Chiang Mai is a big tourist destination that doesn’t feature the usual beaches and full moon parties. We’re hoping to visit the elephant nature park and visit Doi Suthep, and possibly visit the zoo.

Chiang Mai was also the place that we initially researched before coming here. If we hadn’t decided on an internship, we most likely would have tried to find work there. So it’ll be interesting to visit for different reasons.

After we return we have a few days before going back to school on the Monday. We’ve both started to enquire about private tuition for extra cash so that’ll be our next focus in December. Having these two weeks is a real boon as we probably won’t get chance to travel like this again until after the internship in late March, and since we want to see the islands, Chiang Mai probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise. So we’re pretty pleased we’ve been able to find a way to get there!

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  4. helen lacey

    Hi Sam,
    sorry didnt get to see you before you left. I think you are brave to move to a strange country and do a job you have never done before. Have read your blogg and it sounds like you are having a great adventure and following your dreams. Will keep reading your blogg Helen

    • Hi Helen,
      It’s very strange when I think about it like that – going to a foreign country and doing something new – we’ve been talking about doing something like this since 2010 so to us it was always on the cards, it was just a matter of when and how. There’s quite a bit of culture shock though, my main problem is getting used to people surprising us with events and school closures and important things such having to sort out our visas, but only being told about it a day before at most! I like planning and organising so living in a place where that doesn’t appear to be the normal way of doing things can be quite frustrating, lol.
      We’re getting used to it though and time is moving very quickly at the moment – I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! Soon we’ll finish the internship and have to think of what to do next.
      Hope you have a nice xmas and say hi to the boys from us. xx

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