It’s my birthday in April which is also the hottest month in Thailand. 40+ degrees isn’t nice but i’m getting about on the moped which is keeping me cool.
Saturday morning I had to sort out something with my bike. Afterwards, I did the usual tourist thing and headed to the markets in the city. When I first came to Chiang Mai I didn’t spend long enough at Wat Chedi Luang so I went there for a look about. It’s an old crumbling stupa with some surrounding buildings and it’s nice to just sit and chill out.
I’m getting used to Chiang Mai by now, i’ve been and done everything in the city. I went on a ride out of the city up the nearest mountain; Doi Suthep for a laugh. The road is steep and windy which was a good fun going up on the moped.
Doi suthep is just a standard tourist place but riding up, you can stop off at lookout points. The view over Chiang Mai wasn’t nice, all you can see is haze. There are a load of waterfalls up the mountain, but they are all dry because Thailand is supposed to be in a drought.
This month i’ve been riding about on the moped without a Thai license. I haven’t had any problems with the police all month. Until the weekend of my birthday when I get pulled over twice. The first time I had to pay a 500THB (£10) bribe to the police. The second time was on my birthday and they wanted 1000THB and I managed to haggle him down to 400THB. Nothing better than paying the police bribes for my birthday.
I Had A Chilled Out Birthday
Instead of going up a mountain on my moped I decided to just spend the day in the swimming pool in the 38 degree heat. Not a bad way to spend my birthday. Getting stopped twice in a weekend isn’t good. Now i’m sketching out about going out too far on the bike. In the evening I was planning on going out to a robot sushi restaurant but it’s a bit far to go on the bike. I decided to just go for sushi in somewhere closer instead.
I had a chilled out birthday and now my month in Thailand is almost up. I know you can extend your stay at the embassy but 40+ degrees every day isn’t nice. I’m going to Bangkok for a few days on the weekend then off to Malaysia on the last day of my 30 day stay in Thailand.