Thailand: Making Good Use of our 45 Day Visa-Free Stay

Thailand: Making Good Use of our 45 Day Visa-Free Stay
Matt and I at the White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

We hope you’ve had a good start to the new year and didn’t feel too blue this Blue Monday! Our January has had a few ups and downs so far, but overall we feel immense gratitude for being able to travel.

Where we’ve been

We’ve now been in Thailand for five and a half weeks, making the most of our 45 day visa-free stay (thanks Thailand). We spent the first 7 days in Bangkok (mainly recovering from our visit to India). We then went on to Ayutthaya (2 nights), Kanchanaburi (3 nights), Phitsanulok/Sukhothai (3 nights), Chiang Mai (7 nights), Pai (6 nights) and then back to Chiang Mai again for another 7 nights.

We’re currently in Chiang Rai, where we intend to spend 6 nights in total.

For Matt’s birthday, we were in Chiang Mai and spent the day at ChangChill, an ethical elephant sanctuary (no riding, bathing or feeding). It was magical!

We also enjoyed the popular Sunday Night Market & went to Rad Rabbit, our favourite vegan restaurant in Chiang Mai (and there’s a lot of them to choose from). Rad Rabbit serves amazing pizza and pasta!

If you want to see more stuff from our big trip around Asia, the best place is our Instagram, where we’ve created some story highlights for those who want to catch up!

Where we’re going next

Next up, we’re crossing the border into Laos (by land). From there, we’re planning to get the slow boat down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang. We haven’t got all of the itinerary sorted yet, but we know we’ll also visit the capital Vientiane and Vang Vieng at least.

We’re open to any suggestions you may have on places to visit in Laos! Please do get in touch!

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Until the next one,

Jade and Matt

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