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Living outside of town in a small Thai village

accommodation at Bautong Lodge Farm Bo Sang Village

Day 13: Living in Thailand

Not a lot going on today just another day in Chiang Rai, a quick trip to the river where I like to go hang out when I need to get some air. With lots of time and a small budget finding inexpensive things to do that get you out and about becomes very important.

  • Gas 50 Baht - $1.70
Total for the day: 50 Baht $1.70 - Total Remaining: 3,415 Baht

daybreak at bautong lodge farm temple just outside of Chiang Mai sala and pond at bautong lodge farm

Living in Bo Sang umbrella village Chiang Mai
My original plan before leaving was 30 days here then 30 days somewhere else, etc. So after a month in Phuket I hopped on a plane and headed up to another place I had found on line before leaving, 9k out side Chiang Mai a little village called Bo Sang. One thing I have found in Thailand is every single place I have found on the Internet makes the rooms look awesome "think photo shoot" not one has ever come even close to resembling the photos on the web.

The first thing to consider, is if you have just arrived in Thailand your Thai is going to be nonexistent as mine was, this place is in the middle of nowhere, language is going to be a huge barrier, just finding food is going to be difficult. Internet risks been awful, as it was at this place "this has since been corrected" everything that comes easy in Phuket is going to be very difficult in a place like this, just finding somewhere to get clothes washed took 2 days. In Phuket everything is geared to catering to westerners, getting clothes washed is as easy as opening your eyes and you will see a sign offering the service for a few dollars. Lastly when you factor in the plane ticket you just added another $75 to the month.

I am yet to find anything online in Thailand that represents excellent value when compared with what is actually available in the same area but not advertised online, the saying "if it looks to good be true, it probably is not" takes on a whole new meaning when related to accommodation in Thailand.

Knowing what I know today this type of accommodation has its place. A similar type of setup can easily be had for somewhere "between $30 - $60" a month. I lasted a few days and quickly figured out this type of accommodation was not going to work for me, and returned to Phuket.

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