Where is the relaxed, smiling, friendly Thailand of the past?
We were always looking forward to the north west corner of Thailand. Cooler climate, hill tribes, less touristed.
We've now made it to a bungalow style retreat outside of Chiang Dao, set in temperate jungle, below the striking Chiang Dao mountain, 35km from the Burmese border, quiet, peaceful, spacious, pool (cold!), table tennis...and we've now realised just how restrictive the continuous run of tight urban environments have been to the kids. They can finally run and play! They're not bickering. Mum and Dad can relax.
Asia is demanding.
Tom picked the place we are staying at - Chiang Dao Nest.
The western a la carte menu is a bit of a killer for our budget. We're off to explore a local monastery in the morn, followed by Chiang Dao cave and then some local hot springs later on.
Shane, Helen, Rosie and Tom