We decided to have a short road trip to Chiang Mai recently. In the beginning we actually planned to return to Singapore as it was girl girl's school holiday. But we decided not to as the flights were expensive and it will be a rushed trip. Moreoever, we plan to visit SG during Chinese New Year in a few months time. Another reason we chose Chiang Mai instead of other places (such as Bangkok) is because I need to check on my condo over there. It has been 3 or 4 years since I saw my apartment and I need to take a look at its current conditions.
I didn't plan any itenary this time as I know it will be havoc having 2 kids on board :P. So its just drive there, check into the hotel and decide later. Seems like the decision paid off as it was more relaxing then the one we had in Singapore. And also less dissapointments as the one in Singapore (planned so much but in the end only visited the zoo and birdpark :P).
The drive to Chiang Mai on the 1st day was actually pretty smooth. We woke up at 7am and took off around 8. Boy was half awake when we carry him to the car and he slept all the way on the entire journey! He was sleeping even at the pit stop in Mae Suai. Girl was a bit excited but doze off later. I don't even need to turn on my ipad. hehe. Wife spoke to me all the way while I was driving to keep me awake :P. It's actually my first time driving there and she's a bit worried. The actual distance is about 300km (less than that actually) but it took us 3 hours (including a 15min break) to reach our hotel in Night Bazzar area. The roads were good compared to Mae Fa Luang (also mountain road) which we frequent so it was actually quite easy for me. Road to Doi Tung is actually more challenging even though its nearer. At around 11pm we reached the hotel. Wife and I was dead tired but the kids woke up and ready to go for some action.... :S Can't sleep anyway so we went out for lunch at the Fuji restaurant at Pantip plaza just around the corner. After the meal we took a nap in the hotel... well, my missus did actually while I entertained my kids. :( Evening we drove to the Airport Central Plaza to have a meal and shopped a bit before I screamed I can't take it anymore and need to sleep. hehehe Finally had my beauty sleep around 9pm. End of Day 1.