Chiang Mai is the largest city in the North of Thailand. It is the capital of Chiang Mai Province and one of the most visited cities in Thailand. If a crowded and noisy city doesn’t interest you at all and you’d rather be in a relaxed city surrounded by nature, Chiang Mai would be the best place for you.
I was privileged enough to travel to Chiang Mai this year to join a field trip as part of our school’s extra-curricular activities. Luckily, everything was free for me including the flight fare, accommodation (tents), food, etc. Because this trip wasn’t a trip I arranged myself, I didn’t explore the place like how I usually do when I travel to a new place. I want to share how the trip went and the activities that I did while in Chiang Mai.
It started upon our arrival at Chiang Mai International Airport from Bangkok very early in the morning. Our flight was at 6 in the morning so we had to wake up at 4.00 A.M. which was a struggle for me. I was impressed of Chiang Mai airport though it was nothing like the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok in terms of size. It was a small airport but a busy one. Lots of tourists and Thai people were busy doing their own thing. People are coming and going.
Then, we rode a bus which was already reserved for us to Chiang Dao, a subdistrict in Chiang Mai where we were going on camping. It took about 1 hour and a half to reach Chiang Dao. Once we were there, we set our tents and tried our best to survive without lights and internet. This was a nice experience for the students. They had to cook their own food using the ingredients given by the campsite staff. It felt like we had to go back to the life of the past and it was difficult at first.
For one, the temperature could drop to less than 10 degrees Celcius at night. Considering that I was not used to that kind of weather, it was tough for me at night. I would wake up and tried to sleep again. My feet would go numb of cold even with socks on it.
The second point was that there was no internet nor cellphone signal. With the current lives that we’re living in, being dependent on our phones and internet dominated our once simple lives. But because there were no distractions, I was happy to be spending my time talking and making new friends.
Lastly, what I loved the most on this trip were the outdoor activities that we did. Being surrounded by nature, we easily appreciated and enjoyed the view around us. Aside from the basic life skills that I learned, it also gave me the experience to try other things especially the rock climbing activity. It was very exciting for me to climb an actual rock with different formations. I am proud to say that I did try almost all of them on my first real rock climbing experience.
This Chiang Mia camping trip is one of my favorite camping experiences that I would say I felt as I was back to the past life. This trip taught me to appreciate the little things more and be happy with the simple life that you were given.
What is your most memorable camping experience?