We’re going home.
The final stop on our trip: Hong Kong.
It has been a long winter. So glad that’s finally spring.
We had a strangely difficult time deciding what to do in Chang Mai. I originally wanted to go to the Elephant Nature Park but hadn’t made reservations in advance and it was all booked up. It was impossible to tell what would be a fun and novel experience and what would be a tourist trap built to exploit local tribes and animals. In the end we visited a tiger breeding place that sends tigers to zoos around the world. Still not sure if it was exploitive or a beneficial thing (not poaching tigers from the wild) but it was definitely a fascinating experience.
Tiger Kingdom just outside of Chang Mai.
We escaped Bangkok for a day and headed an hour north to Ayutthaya. Lots of ruins, Buddhas and confusingly dyed chicks.
Ice cream tastes particularly good on an exceptionally hot day.
At the Grand Palace in Bangkok we were encouraged to touch just about everything for good luck. I’m expecting to have quite a lucky year.
Bangkok may have been the one place on our trip that we wouldn’t do over. The combination of heat, humidity and chaos was exhausting. We managed to do a bit of exploring but every 15 minutes or so, I would get desperate for some shade or something cold to drink. I did have the best thai iced tea of my life while there but my standards were probably fuzzy from the dehydration.
I did a lot of research for the trip so I was prepared to pay for our visas when we arrived in Bali. When we were leaving Bali, I was surprised to discover that there is a 2nd charge for leaving the airport. Apparently, it’s an airport tax.
When we were leaving our hotel, the IZE Seminyak, the hotel owner/manager was also going to the airport and kindly offered to give us a ride. We weren’t prepared for the airport tax but had exactly enough cash because we got a ride to the airport instead of taking a taxi. It was all very fortuitous.
At our Seminyak hotel, the IZE Seminyak.