After waving off my parents back to Bangkok, we had a few more days in Chiang Mai waiting for our Indian visas to arrive. Having had enough excitement for one week, we spent the time relaxing and arranging the next leg on our journey: Chiang Rai.
With relaxation very much the order of the day, Karen found a great place 30km or so west of Chiang Rai called the Bamboo Nest (or Bamboo Nest de Chiang Rai to give it its full title). We arrived in Chiang Rai by bus at about 4pm and were picked up by the owner, Noi, in his small 4x4, squeezed in like sardines beside the incumbent Kiwi couple. We knew the place was up in the hills but weren't quite prepared for quite how steep the approach was. Lucky it wasn't raining!
When we finally arrived, shortly before sunset, we were not disappointed.
What a location!
|What a view! That's our hut, by the way|
At night you’re protected from the local wildlife by a mosquito net, but unfortunately our soap wasn't protected and got stolen twice by the local rat or mouse population – I'm not sure exactly what it was (or why they needed soap) because I never quite caught them at it, despite a 3am torch hunt one night!
|Catching up my blogging. I'm not hogging the hammock (sounds rude) - Karen can't use them because they make her seasick|
|Biting kittens is very tiring|
|As is being bitten by dogs|
In the evenings, the guests would gather in the main reception area for dinner and chat (that's talking, not a French cat). The food was good and so was the company – there was a middle-aged Kiwi couple, an Aussie couple, a Northern Irish couple (who we are still bumping into in Luang Prabang!), a Thai couple, an Israeli family, a lone English girl and a Malaysian mother and daughter – quite a cosmopolitan crowd!
|From the left: Petra the German Kiwi, Aussies Tim and Kim, and Karen|
To be honest, we could have spent longer there, it was a perfect location and really cheap, but we were as relaxed as we could get and I had a pile of blogs to upload, so it was time to move on. We said goodbye to the dogs (the cats ignored us) and Nok gave us lift down the hill, back into Chiang Rai and to the bus station.
There was just time for one final, wistful look at the beautiful view.
|View from the reception/dinner area|
Current location: Luang Prabang until tomorrow
Next stop: Vientiane