With Seerung’s Australian Citizenship still a work in progress we are only allowed outside of Australia for three months out of every year. As a result it was time to bid farewell to Thailand and head back ‘home’.
Ever since Air Asia started direct flights from Ubon Ratchathani to Chiang Mai I had wanted to take the girls to go and see the Chiang Mai Zoo. For one reason or another it had never happened until now. While researching tickets back to Darwin, Australia I discovered that Silk Air had direct flights from Chiang Mai to Singapore which linked up well (four hour stopover) with the connection through to Darwin and they were the same price as flying out of Bangkok. Tickets to Chiang Mai were the same price as flights to Bangkok so I figured a trip to the Chiang Mai Zoo on our way home could finally happen.
At the last moment we decided to ask my niece Bow if she wanted to come along. Bow is studying at Ubon Ratchathani University and had a few days off and having never flown before jumped at the opportunity.
We had just under 48 hours in Chiang Mai and apart from visiting the zoo did not have anything else planned. My next few blog entries will report on the zoo, our hotel and the trip back to Australia.