Chiang Mai University (CMU) and the International Center would be home for a little over a month. We arrived to the International Center a little later than expected. It was close to midnight by the time we made the trek from Lampang. Our bus driver even got pulled over and got a ticket trying to get us to campus! Having spent 1 year in the dorms in the US, it was a little different being at a dorm at CMU, but like most dorms it was minimal. Since we were in the International student center, I think we got a little more luxury items than most college kids at CMU.
The first night at CMU was spent walking around and learning the lay of the land. We came across a bar, that we frequented often, which played a lot of American songs. The song that always sticks out is Signs by Snoop Dogg. The bar had an interesting atmosphere, there was a pretty nice restaurant in the front and in the back next to a bar was a small room for the dance floor. It was mostly full by the time we got there so we weren’t able to find a table next to the bar, and sat close to it on the restaurant side of the place. It was our first experience with table service, and believe me, it should be in every bar and nightclub in the US! No waiting in line to get drinks and the ability to have multiple bottles of booze, soda, and ice buckets was a nice surprise. Heineken was surprisingly the beer of choice for the bar, but having only had Heineken and reluctant to try the local beers I settled for the Mekong Whiskey. All in all a great night!
Chiang Mai, for those who’ve had the experience of going would be my ultimate destination in Thailand. You can have your beaches and Bangkok, I’ll take the jewel of the North. There is so much to do in Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas, that in the 3 months I lived there, I didn’t scratch the surface! Which is said, because we went some place new every day!