House Sitting Chiang Mai

House Sitting Chiang Mai

House Sitting Chiang Mai

Twelve months ago, I wouldn’t have believed we would be house sitting in Chiang Mai. Thailand was to be a stopover, catch up with a friend followed by some relaxation time at a resort. However, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it”. Gone was the resort replaced by a ten-day house sit in the suburbs of Chiang Mai. Albeit, house sitting Chiang Mai would be a far cry from a hotel resort on the beach it would allow us to experience the Thai culture as a local. This was a major lure of house and pet sitting to be able to soak up the local culture. Throw in a kitten and a dog for good measure we headed to Chiang Mai in 40°C+ temperatures.

house sitting chiang mai tuktuk travel is sweet

Although, we knew very little of Chiang Mai sometimes experiencing firsthand the eccentricities of a place is a great way to learn. Facts we learnt from house sitting Chiang Mai, some of which did surprise us. Chiang Mai sits approximately 700km north of Bangkok. Has an estimated population of 131,091 (2017). It is 310 metres above sea level and has been extremely hot (36°C – 40°C +) during our stay April-May 2019. There are lots of markets, tourists and traffic which is consistent with the rest of Thailand from what we have seen. There are plenty of sightseeing spots to visit within close proximity of Chiang Mai, Mae Sa Waterfall (see blog) for one. Furthermore, if you love to shop for bargains the array of markets will suit you down to the ground. Just remember to haggle with them for the best price.

House Sitting Chiang Mai Nubbins

To begin with we knew that house sitting Chiang Mai was going to have its challenges. Namely Nubbins(Nubs) the Thai dog. We had been informed that he was very timid around new people especially men. This we found was to be an understatement, to say the least. While Nubs warmed to Carolyn in a short period of time, it was not the case for me ☹. I love dogs and usually bond very quickly to them, but Nubs was going to take some time and patience. Resorting to all the tricks I know from getting down on the ground to his level, not looking directly at him. Offering him treats, doing the morning feeds still nothing would work. He would run away as soon as he saw me. After day five I was able to pat him for a short period of time. Halleluiah a breakthrough.

house sitting chiang mai nubbins travel is sweet

Day six brought a remarkable change in Nubs. Having run away as soon as he saw me too coming over for a pat and by the end of the day lying beside me on the lounge. To say I was chuffed would be an understatement. I had finally gained his trust and from that moment on he was like my shadow. He would jump up into bed next to me, sit by my side and the most amazing of all allow me to take him for a walk. We knew he had accepted both of us when he would do his “zoomies” run around the house. In fact, what started out to be a challenging situation turned out to be a wonderful experience.

house sitting chiang mai nubbins relaxing travel is sweet

House Sitting Chiang Mai Claire

In contrast, Claire the kitten bonded to us immediately. Never have I seen a cat that had so many doggy attributes as Claire did. She had a very loving nature, wanting to be with you 24×7. She would sit on Carolyn’s lap but sometimes would have to be moved. Carolyn would say go to Andrew and up she would get and come and sit on my lap. It was very fun to see her do this, not something we have seen in a cat before. However, she still was a kitten and mischievous was her middle name. She was not allowed outside except on a harness, but that didn’t deter her from trying. Stealth pussy cat she was and so darn quick. Needless to say, we were on high alert every time we would open an external door.

house sitting chiang mai claire travel is sweet

Overall, house sitting Chiang Mai had its challenges, it also had great rewards. Having gained the trust of Nubs was the highlight of our stay. Also, having survived the heat was a plus. Heat and I don’t mix well, Carolyn also found the heat challenging. Talia was a wonderful host and showed us all we needed to know for our time in Chiang Mai. So thanks to Talia, Nubbins and Claire for making house sitting Chiang Mai a memorable experience.

house sitting chiang mai claire relaxing travel is sweet

Join Us

We would love for you to follow our exciting journey by joining our friends list here on our website and following us on our social media pages below.

If you have any comments or questions we would love you to leave them below or email us.

Take care

Andrew & Carolyn

Travel is Sweet (Dream It, Experience It, Treasure It)

Home » Thailand

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
Disclosure: "Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission."

Booking.com
Super Star Blogging
Register Your Domain Name
Live Chat Software
Mae Sa Waterfall Thailand

Mae Sa Waterfall Thailand

Mae Sa Waterfall Thailand

Heading out from our airconditioned room with a forecast of blistering 40°C day ahead. I wonder if it is such a good idea as heat and myself have never gotten along well! Nevertheless, we start out towards Mae Sa Waterfall about 40 minutes north of our dwelling. Traffic is very light this morning, usually it is clogged with all modes of transportation. Makes the commute to Mae Sa Waterfall quite acceptable. Turning off the highway we pass several animal tourist attractions. Tiger Kingdom, Siam Insect Zoo and Maerim Snake Park are all located on the road to Mae Sa Waterfall. Therefore for anyone wishing to spend a day out, this stretch of road could be your answer. Arriving at the gates into the waterfall we realize there is an entrance fee. While not exorbitant they do charge foreigners more than locals which seems strange.

mae sa waterfall map travel is sweet

Having handed over our cash, we head to the car park. My suggestion is you drive all the way to the end of the road. This brings you to the top (or 3rd) car park which is closer to the higher cascading falls. There are shops here to grab water, food and souvenirs. Navigating the paved paths upwards towards the different cascades you can hear and see the water meandering peacefully through the valley. Along the way, there are tables and seats at each cascading fall that if busy may all be taken. So as with most tourist attractions arriving early will help ensure you get car parking, tables and seats. Also, there are great spots for setting up and having a picnic by the cool pools of water below each fall. Mae Sa Waterfall comprises ten separate cascading falls, all which can be reached via the paved pathways.

mae sa waterfall shops travel is sweet

Mae Sa Waterfall My Favourite

Albeit, having seen only Mae Sa Waterfalls (4,5,6, and 7) my favourites were five and six. Five had small cascading water dropping under fallen branches and flowing over water-smoothed rocks.

mae sa waterfall double travel is sweet

mae sa waterfall smooth travel is sweet

While six had a large shower like fall that would be brilliant to stand under to get cool while also being gently massaged by the falling water. Also, there was a pool under this fal,l great for all ages to paddle and stay cool. Although the water was free flowing it would be amazing to see in the rainy season. With more water flowing the cascades would be a truly awe-inspiring sight. 

mae sa waterfall travel is sweet

mae sa waterfall side view travel is sweet

Mae Sa Waterfall is located approximately 22 kilometres north of the Old City of Chiang Mai. Head north along Hwy 107 from Chiang Mai. Turn left onto Hwy 1096, follow the road until you see the turnoff to Mae Sa Waterfall on your left. You will come to the entrance gates and will need to pay your entrance fee, For foreigners, it is 100 baht ($4.40 AUD) each and for a car its 30 baht (80 cents AUD). While it was a tad more than I expected to pay it was worth it for the lovely waterfalls. Overall, I had a great time scrambling over rocks and crossing flowing water to capture some lovely pictures on Mae Sa Waterfall. I would highly recommend spending a day out here if you are visiting Chiang Mai Thailand. 

mae sa waterfall twin travel is sweet

Join Us

We would love for you to follow our exciting journey by joining our friends list here on our website and following us on our social media pages below.

If you have any comments or questions we would love you to leave them below or email us.

Take care

Andrew & Carolyn

Travel is Sweet (Dream It, Experience It, Treasure It)

Home » Thailand

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
Disclosure: "Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission."

Booking.com
Super Star Blogging
Register Your Domain Name
Live Chat Software
De Rose Hotel Review

De Rose Hotel Review

De Rose Hotel Review

Driving down a small lonely backstreet street in a city you have never visited can give you mixed feelings of dread and anxiety, should we be going down here?  You hear stories of foreigners going into an area and never being heard from again. Could this happen to us today, were the thoughts dancing back and forth across the neurons of my mind. Hypothetically yes it could, but logically no it wouldn’t. Thankfully the latter prevailed as we turned into a lovely boutique Thai hotel in Chiang Mai named De Rose Hotel. Realistically I had let my mind run away with me, the street was no different to the plethora that surrounded us. Pulling the car into the provided parking space we were greeted enthusiastically by the owners of De Rose Hotel. Even though we were just guests they made us feel like long lost relatives.

de rose hotel street travel is sweet

de rose hotel local street travel is sweet

Having heard about the Thai hospitality, it was shining through in amazing rays of light by these three lovely people that greeted us. The two young men helped us with our large bags up to our rooms. Furthermore, they explained where everything was and how it worked. Noy was a lovely hostess, friendly, attentive and very welcomingly. They offered to take us into the Sunday night markets and suggested we go to the café at the end of the road. After we had settled in, we walked down to the café and had a refreshing cold Italian strawberry soda water and a bowl of fries. Having not yet acclimatised to the heat having spent five months in Europe before arriving in Thailand. We headed back to the De Rose Hotel to cool down in our room before heading to the markets.

de rose hotel cafe travel is sweet

de rose hotel cafe outlook travel is sweet

De Rose Hotel Location

De Rose Hotel is situated approximately eight kilometres south from the walking markets in the Old City of Chiang Mai. Also, about six kilometres south of Chiang Mai Airport. The area is safe and if you like to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is perfect. It cost us 139 Baht (approximately $6.20 AUD) to catch a Grab (similar to Uber) from the walking markets. Having a car would be an advantage, but definitely, not a requirement as getting into Chiang Mai is easy enough. Also, they have offered as a ride to the airport for 160 Baht ($7.16 AUD) when we stay next week before leaving Chiang Mai. De Rose Hotel contact details are supplied below.

de rose hotel walking markets travel is sweet

de rose hotel walking markets shops travel is sweet

The accommodation was excellent, the room was airconditioned, contained a fridge with cold drinks (decent prices), free cold bottled water and some snacks (decent prices). Furthermore, the room was very clean and the bed was fairly comfortable. Breakfast was included in the price of our room, it comprised of scrambled eggs, toast, two different types of meat not sure what they were but tasted fine. As well as including coffee or tea and bananas. Also, the service was amazing, making sure we had plenty of food and we were happy with everything. Overall, De Rose Hotel turned out to be an amazing place to stay. We can highly recommend it if you are ever in Chiang Mai. To emphasize how impressed we are, we have booked our last night in Chiang Mai here.

De Rose Hotel Rating

Location: *****

Staff: *****

Service: *****

Room: *****

Address: Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100

Phone: 087 173 1895

We would like to thank Noy and her associates for their incredible service and kindness during our stay at De Rose Hotel.

Join Us

We would love for you to follow our exciting journey by joining our friends list here on our website and following us on our social media pages below.

If you have any comments or questions we would love you to leave them below or email us.

Take care

Andrew & Carolyn

Travel is Sweet (Dream It, Experience It, Treasure It)

Home » Thailand

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
Disclosure: "Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission."

Booking.com
Super Star Blogging
Register Your Domain Name
Live Chat Software
Pha Charoen Waterfall

Pha Charoen Waterfall

Pha Charoen Waterfall

Waterfalls are a favourite of mine to visit, admire and not least photograph. With this in mind, we always try to locate waterfalls in the vicinity of where we are travelling. Therefore, our time in Mae Sot Thailand is no different. Hence, I turn to google to find waterfalls within close proximity. Pha Charoen Waterfall pops up in the search results and looks worthy of a visit. While making specific travel plans to visit waterfalls may not be everyone’s cup of tea, both Carolyn and I love them. Although we have visited some amazing waterfalls around the world, finding hidden treasures lights up our being. Albeit, Pha Charoen Waterfall may not be the jaw-dropping spectacle of many others, it does have a peaceful calming aura about it. The soothing sound of water cascading gently over weathered rocks will continue drawing us to waterfalls.

pha charoen waterfall travel is sweet

Pha Charoen Waterfall Location

Pha Charoen Waterfall is situated in the Namtok Pha Charoen National Park. From Mae Sot we take route 1090 south (otherwise known as Death Highway) approximately 40 kilometres (45 mins) turning left into the national park. We follow a paved road approximately 1 kilometre to a parking lot that has about 50 spaces. The waterfall is an easy 100-metre walk from the carpark, along footpaths albeit not exactly level. Reaching the base, we are greeted to a multi-levelled slow cascading waterfall. However, I believe during the rainy season this would be flowing considerable faster and stronger. In between the lower sections of the falls, there are small pools ideal for taking a quick refreshing dip to escape the hot temperatures.

pha charoen waterfall entrance travel is sweet

pha charoen waterfall carpark travel is sweet

Left to the base of the waterfall you will notice stairs approximately 100 that will take you to the top. You will get some different views of the falls but I believe the best are from the base. During the rainy season these stairs may be very slippery, and caution would be needed. However, if you like a bit of an adventure you could navigate the steep rocky trail to the right of the waterfall. Although, very arduous and I wouldn’t recommend it for those that are of the senior years or less active, like me 😊. I was quite surprised at the facilities provided here. There is a café serving coffee cold drinks and some cakes, clean toilet blocks and an undercover area to sit. The only negative we found was a couple having a bath in the rock pools.

pha charoen waterfall pathway travel is sweet

Pha Charoen Waterfall Photography Tips

Locals frequent this area so arriving early would be best. Thus, if you wish to get some lovely photographs you will not have to contend with people being in your shot. Furthermore, the sun will be low and not cause issues with high contrasting areas. In addition, if you wish to capture silky water movement you will need a tripod, shutter release cable (or set the camera to self-timer). Allowing you to use a smaller aperture and slow shutter speed. Some of the photographs in this blog have been captured with this equipment plus filters and some on Samsung phone. As we arrived later the sun was not in the best position. If you would like some tips on aperture head over to my article for more information.

pha charoen waterfall peaceful travel is sweet

Park opens at 8 am and closes at 6 pm and is free to enter. If you are in the location of Pha Charoen Waterfall it is well worth stopping in and having a look. Would be very interesting to see in the rainy season.

pha charoen waterfall hard trail travel is sweet

pha charoen waterfall pool travel is sweet

Join Us

We would love for you to follow our exciting journey by joining our friends list here on our website and following us on our social media pages below.

If you have any comments or questions we would love you to leave them below or email us.

Take care

Andrew & Carolyn

Travel is Sweet (Dream It, Experience It, Treasure It)

Home » Thailand

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
Disclosure: "Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission."

Booking.com
Super Star Blogging
Register Your Domain Name
Live Chat Software
error: Content is protected !!