We woke a couple days ago and realized that our Thailand visa was almost up. I have been trying to find the best way for us to get out of the country and get a new stamp and come back. We finally decided on Burma (Myanmar). Even though we live only about 3 hours from the closest point of Burma, it is over 7 hours away to the closest checkpoint for us to cross over to renew our visas. We almost took our mopeds, but I think my butt is still sore from our trip to Chiang Mai. So I was going to book us bus tickets, but then I realized that there is so much fun stuff to do up in Northern Thailand by Chiang Rai, so we decided to rent a car so we could explore and make a fun trip out of it.
It took us 6 hours to get to Chiang Rai today, on our way in we saw there was a mall. Where there is a mall in Thailand there is a Pizza Company-one of our favorite western restaurants in Thailand! (there was even one in Laos). We popped into the mall for some yummy food and to let the boys play on the indoor playground to get some energy out. We also picked up Peyton some shoes since we lost his only pair weeks ago and we were trying to not look too homeless. It was so nice to be in the A/C in the car and in the mall. There are no restaurants or stores in Pai with A/C and our house does not have it either (only 7-11 does so we get lots of slurpees).
We are staying at a family resort, and didn’t really know what to expect. We were so excited when we got here, there is so much to keep us busy, a pool, playground, and lots of board games. I think this is going to be a really fun 4 days. We have already settled in and have our belongings spread from one end of the house to the other. One of the days we will have to drive 1 hour to the Burma border and walk over and then walk back to get our visas stamped for 60 more days, I am hoping it is a simple and not-too-painful affair.
I just read there is a monkey cave nearby and I have heard about a beautiful white Temple that we want to visit. There is only internet in the lobby so I guess I will have to head to the local Starbucks (oh yeah baby!!!!) to upload pictures to the blog tomorrow. Iced Caramel Macchiatto here I come!