After having rode the motorcycle the day before we planned to go again, but the weather did not cooperate with us so we went with plan B which was to explore the city a little in the morning & catch the night bus to Bangkok. After getting our bags packed we went to the reception area to check out & buy our VIP bus tickets. However, while trying to checkout we got a surprise, we were accused of breaking ash trays that were in our room. Well for one thing neither of us smoke & for another we only had one ash tray in our room, which as we told the lady she could check on in our room. Eventually we talked our way out of this which was good since we hadn't did it. After that we were able to find out about the "VIP" bus to Bangkok. The price was the same to book it from here & we got transport included to the bus from the hotel so we booked & paid for that.
After that we were able to focus on the days #1 priority..getting massages! We had been trying to do this for several days if not weeks, but it seemed like every time we had it planned something would come up or we would be too tired to do it. We had been scouting the town & went to a place that had looked busy at different points. Once inside we negotiated the correct rate for our basic massages. We were told that the ladies needed to be called to come in, but that we could use the Internet for free while we waited, so we did. Once there the 2 women took us upstairs & had us get on mats that were on the floor. We were right next to each other so we talked some during the massage. Thai massages are rougher than in a lot of places, but the woman I had was not overly tough on me. I think I enjoyed the massage from that place more than Nina & did feel more relaxed when I was done.
Since we had the major objective from the day done we could move on to the simpler things, with a relaxed mind set. We did not know that when we went to Wat Ou Sai Kham we were in for our second monk chat of Chiang Mai, but that was cool. First off let me tell you a little about the temple. Wat Ou Sai Kham hands out literature in English that tells about the beautiful murals the have around the inside, "They tell the story of Vessantra. He is basically the final incarnation of the Buddha before he actually becomes the Buddha". It goes on to tell you the story of each mural which helps even more to understand the informative murals. Also the Wat has a sweet Jade Buddha replica, which they made in the last few years. As if that was not enough the monks of this Wat were amazingly friendly, telling us about (in English) themselves, their ways & Buddhism. It was a lot less formal than the first monk chat we had did & this monks English was better. I enjoyed both but got more out of what he told us, since I think he was used to talking to tourists. After getting done talking we did some shopping for souvenirs. I only bought one bead bracelet for my wrist, but Nina went bead crazy buying several different things for people back home.
After we were done talking & buying at Wat Ou Sai Kham, we walked
back to the hostel, seeing a few more temples on the way. Once back
we got our free transport to the bus which was set to leave at 6:30pm.
We were there early enough that we got to choose our seats which allowed
us to be on the bottom floor, in the very front (more leg room) &
to have seats together for the long ride. We even had time to get a
few things for the trip from the gas station which was were the bus