I’ve been in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the past month or so. One of the reasons I came here was to get outside into nature and enjoy the tropical climate. The condo I rented however, is in the city, and not very close to any parks. As much as I love the condo and the part of town that it’s in, I decided to take a short vacation from my vacation, and stay at a hotel about 20 minutes outside of the city by taxi so I could enjoy the jungle.
Upon arriving, the very first thing I did was accidentally step in a busy line of big, red, fire ants. Two of them bit me right away, and I knew I had indeed arrived in the wilderness.
The hotel grounds were beautiful, with trees and grass everywhere, as well as some tropical flowers, and sounds of birds and other animals I’d never heard before. The air was much cleaner and smelled a lot nicer than the city air I had been breathing. I didn’t smell the slightest hint of exhaust, cigarette smoke, or even cooking meat.
Once in my room, I found a lovely little private patio with a table and chairs. I wanted to keep the door open to let all of that wonderful fresh air in, but unfortunately there was no screen. The hotel had opted for a solution much cheaper than putting screens in all of the rooms; a sticker on the patio door advised guests to keep the door closed in order to keep insects out. By this point, I had noticed that there were definitely a lot more insects out here than there had been in the city, so I reluctantly heeded the sticker’s advice.
There were actually so many insects that I did not feel safe putting my feet in the grass for too long. I was bitten by mosquitoes about ten times over the course of my two night stay, but luckily did not contract malaria that I am aware of. I noticed a gecko in my room on the first night. He probably helped to keep the indoor bug population down a bit. Who knows how many times I would have been bitten without him around.
At night there were several different animals making sounds that I had never heard before, and I honestly couldn’t begin to imagine what these animals looked like. One of the animals made a sound like someone was tapping on my patio door, which was a little disconcerting until I realized that it was an animal, and not an actual person tapping on my patio door.
This hotel had the most gorgeous, epically huge salt water pool ever. It was the best pool I have ever been in. I think salt water pools are the standard in Thailand, which is great. I really think more people in the US should have them. I don’t understand the idea of swimming in chlorine… why would you want to do that?