Guide to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the third largest city in Thailand, and a lovely representation of the northern Thai culture. Chiang Mai was one of my very favourite parts of the country; it has the fun of a big city, without the intimidating air that Bangkok has. We stayed in the Old Quarter, and didn’t really venture out of it, with no regrets. Here’s a breakdown of what your stay in Chiang Mai may cost you, provided you are budget travelling:

The Vibe

Accommodation: Hostels here range anywhere from 5-20$ for something reasonable (or maybe with lizards in your vents – but they’re harmless). Ian and I are able to share private rooms since the cost for each of us comes out to about the same as if we each payed for a hostel bed. We stayed at  Tommy Huts, which cost 13$ per night, or 6.50$ each. This got us a private hut with air conditioning, at Thai style bathroom with shower, and a bed. Pretty good deal!

What to do in Bangkok

Did you know Bangkok is the most visited city in the world? Bangkok is a bustling city that can seem too intimidating to navigate and explore at first; it’s made up of several regions, all with their own individualities. However, with a little research and knowledge of the city, it’s a charming place with many local amenities. Here were my favourite things to do in Bangkok.

What to do if You’ve Lost Your Passport Abroad

Losing your passport while travelling can feel like the most stressful thing ever – I know from experience. My passport was stolen in Hanoi, Vietnam, along with all my ID, credit, debit card, and all of my cash. On top of this, I had a dead phone with no charger, because it had, by fluke, broken that very same day. It felt like drowning. Everything that kept me going away from my home country was removed from possession. Luckily, Ian was with me, and so I didn’t have to worry about ordering a credit card to my hotel, or getting a cheque sent to me – what a mess that would have been. (If you are in that situation, though, notify your bank right away, and they can send you new cards. I’m with CIBC, and they covered the costs of international calls for fraud. Check with your bank – they likely do the same).