- Published: Monday, 02 November 2015 10:29
- Written by Lyrica Zhang
After a business trip in Taiwan, a press conference and a world class race, I knew I needed a relaxing vacation and wanted to travel with only the closest friends. As a Thai food addict myself, I suggested Thailand immediately to Yu when I knew she was looking for a travel buddy at the same time.
Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand with a peaceful ancient town and delicious Northern style Thai food was the perfect fit for us. My friend Yu checked hotels and guest houses immediately and sent a treehouse link to me. I knew at the moment it was going to be a perfect week.
Yu arrived on the same day but earlier than me and after wondering around the old town by herself for a day she came to the airport to pick me up with our guest house’s tuk tuk driver which made my 3.5 hour delayed flight so much better. When Yu and I walked out of the crowd at the arrival gate, a local man grabbed my suitcase. I was startled and trying to hold on to my luggage, thinking “this is not a safe place! Is he trying to get me to rent his car? But I’m looking for the guest house’s driver,” then heard my friend from behind laughing and said “He is the driver!”
We tried our best to chat with our friendly and helpful driver on the way and learned some basic Thai, like “kob khun ka” (for women) means “thank you”. From there, we started to use “kob khun ka” along with other simple Thai like “Sawaddee ka” (hello), “Town rai ka” (how much is this?), etc. on our trip.
We arrived at Baan Boo Loo, the guest house around 10:30pm, before I knew it the driver carried my luggage again and handed it to the staff there. I remember we said plenty of “kob khun ka” that night. I couldn’t see the garden clearly at that time but I instantly felt relaxed walking towards the tree house and having different nature sounds, trees and warm dim lights around me.
The tree house itself was already amazing. Everything looks so natural at first sight but all has so many details when you take a closer look.
I had the best sleep in a long time there. I felt wide awake at 7 in the morning without any help from alarm. I got out of the tree house and finally took a better look at the garden. It was beautiful! I could see how much effort the owner and the staff put into all the plants, flowers and decorations that are surrounding all the guest houses. Then we were welcomed again by the staff, fresh fruit on the table and the hot breakfast.
I would surely recommend Baan Boo Loo to friends who want to have a relaxing holiday or just want to get away for a long weekend.