Sunday, May 10, 2015 to Monday, May 11, 2015
The bus from Wat Rong Khun took us all the way back to Bus Terminal #1, which is where I needed to catch my bus to Chiang Khong, BUT, I needed my bags. So after a quick walk to the hostel and back, I made it back to the bus station for the 2pm bus to Chiang Khong (bus leaves every hour between 6 am and 5 pm).
For a two-ish hour bus ride, I thought 65 baht (~2 USD) was totally reasonable. The bus ride was beautiful with the rolling mountains in the background. I took over 50 photos, but since the bus was not only moving quickly, but finding every bump in the road, there was only one photo that I liked…
See the shadows of the distant hills/mountains? So beautiful, I don’t think my camera was able to capture the true beauty, but you get the idea 😉
Eventually as we were getting closer, the lady who collected our money, started looking at us (the foreigners, me and two other boys), and saying, “Tuk Tuk Tuk Tuk”.
So I know what a tuk tuk is, but according to my hostel I could easily walk from the bus station, so I kept nodding my head “No”, trying to make it clear that I did not need a Tuk Tuk. Unfortunately, there was a giant pile of miscommunication because I got dropped off at the wrong bus station. Thinking I wanted to cross the border (to Laos) right away, ‘The Bus Lady’ urged me to get off at the bus stop by the border exit rather than the bus stop near my hostel.
With no bus, no hostel, and tuk tuk drivers who knew almost no english, I was a little nervous/stressed.
Eventually, one of the tuk tuk drivers thought he recognized the hostel I was talking about, so for 100 baht (more than the 2 hr bus ride…) he agreed to drive me there. Pulling up to what he thought was my hostel I immediately knew it was not right. The name was definitely close, but not right. LUCKILY, the hostel had WIFI 🙂 Pulling up the website for my hostel, I was able to pull up a picture and show it to my driver. HE RECOGNIZED IT! YAY! 5 minutes later we were at the correct hostel, BaanRimtaling Guest House!
Once again, future travelers, make sure to have your final destination in THAI (or whatever the language is). It will make communicating a LOT easier!
Overall, the tuk tuk driver was so nice and so patient, and I am truly thankful for his kindness 🙂
The hostel had BEAUTIFUL views of the Mekong River, BUT amenity-wise, this was way different than any hostel I had previously stayed in, almost the complete opposite of Happynest Inspiring Hostel. My room was very clean, but only had a fan and a semi-screen door. Unlike my bedroom that was bug-free, the bathroom was bug heaven. During my entire shower I was on edge, constantly thinking something was crawling on me. ugh.
O, well. I personally think everything else this hostel had to offer trumped the slight bug issue.
Also, there were some pretty cool cats 🙂
This one was playing with a lizard. The cat would catch the lizard, let it go, catch it again, let it go….poor lizard
and these cuties..
Overall, the guest house staff was beyond nice, my room was clean, I had “ok” wifi, and the food was delicious. What more could I need?
Oh, the food.
Dinner: Pad See You
Breakfast: Thai Breakfast with Omelette
If you want a place to rest your head for a decent price and excellent hospitality stay at BaanRimtaling 🙂
Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette