Chiang Mai with Kids: The Road Trip to Chiang Mai & Odd Things You Will See

Chiang Mai With Kids Roadtrip

Ah, I know we are in the midst of fall and yet I still have many great memories I want to share from our family trip to Thailand. We had a great time riding BTS in Bangkok, relaxing in Saraburi, and enjoying family time in Koh Samed. But we had another family trip that I have yet to tell you about.

The Road Trip to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai With Kids Roadtrip van

One of the family trip we did in Thailand was a road trip to Chiang Mai. Typically, if you are visiting Thailand and plan a trip to Chiang Mai, it’s recommended to fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. It’s fast and affordable.

But when you travel with your whole family and extended family, it’s more fun and cheaper to rent a van. You can rent a van with a drive for about $60-100 per day (plus gas). It’s another great alternative for traveling in Thailand with children.

My brother-in-law has been to Chiang Mai numerous times so we were in a good hand. He was our driver and personal guide for the whole trip. And no, he is not for hire. :)

The route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai was pretty straight forward and easy to do. The roads are all highway but the condition of the road was much to be desired. Let just say that if you don’t want to rearrange your internal organ, try to sit in the front!

We left really early in the morning to beat the traffic. Along the way, there were many roadside stalls that I can guarantee that you wouldn’t find it here in America.

Odd Things We Saw on Our Road Trip to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai With Kids Roadside Shops

It’s very typical to see several man-made stalls along the way to provinces in Thailand. You will see people sell everything from fruits to hand-made products.

Barbecue Anyone?

On this trip, one of the shop we saw made us stop on our track.

Chiang Mai With Kids Roadtrip Gecko

From a far, we saw several bags hung from the pole. As we got closer we notice that those bags held something that moved. I don’t know exactly what they are but my guess would be that they were the cousin sor distant relatives of gecko.

Chiang Mai With Kids Roadtrip Toads Frogs

And on the ground, we saw a few bucket filled with toads (or were they frogs?).

Chiang Mai With Kids Roadtrip Barbecue Toads

So if you are hungry, you can pick up the barbecue toads Thai style here.

No, we didn’t try any of these. We are the Q Family Adventures but we are NOT that adventurous.

More Odd Thing Along the Way

Chiang Mai With Kids Milemarker

As we got closer to Chiang Mai, I couldn’t help but snap this picture of probably one of the largest mile marker I have ever seen. I’m sure my friend at Go Big or Go Home would be thrilled to check it out.

There are many more interesting stops along the way but with the pressing in time we could only drive by with no stop.

So what are interesting things you have seen during your road trip?

This post is a part of the latest blog carnival by Lonely Planet BlogSherpa around unique customs, which will be hosted by La Tortuga Viajera and going live on November 17th

See other Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.

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About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

Comments

  1. wow – i would not want to eat the geckos or the frogs. yikes!! i love visiting other cultures, where you truly are a stranger (esp signs in different languages). you make me want to go!!

  2. Great post. I saw all kinds of things like that during my time in Thailand. My favourite had to be watching the kinds of things people managed to carry on mopeds – an entire shop’s worth sometimes!

    Did you visit the Chiang Mai Cookery School?http://www.thaicookeryschool.com/
    That couple on the home page are friends of ours – we were all there on the same day!

  3. Oh.. The things people carry on their little motorcycle is amazing. But I think Vietnam has us beat on this front. :)

    We didn’t have enough time to do cooking school. I love to eat more than to cook. ;)

  4. I want to do a roadtrip in Thailand! What a great idea. And I’d love to see photos of the people in Chang Mai – the tribal groups are so beautiful. I hope you’ll share!

    • It’s one of the most popular for us to travel in Thailand. Given us more opportunities to stop and visit places as we go. You will love it, Beth. I still have yet to check out 1,000+ photos we took in Thailand. :) Definitely will share if I come across the.

  5. That is definitely the largest mile marker I’ve ever seen! I wonder why they made it so big? Is it because people drive by so fast that they wouldn’t see it otherwise?
    So if you didn’t eat the toads on a stick, what DID you eat?! :-)

  6. According to me Thailand is the best place for traveling , Because their are many places in Thailand for traveling . And I like travel by road from Thailand to Chiang Mai. Because The route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai was pretty straight forward and easy to do. And also condition of the road is so good . And Their are many stalls along the way. I really like this rood trip.

  7. I think Thailand is the best place for traveling , Because their are many places in Thailand for traveling . And I like travel by road from Thailand to Chiang Mai. Because The route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai was pretty straight forward and easy to do. And also condition of the road is so good . And Their are many stalls along the way. I really like this rood trip.

  8. I think Thailand is the best place for traveling , Because their are many places in Thailand for traveling . And I like travel by road from Thailand to Chiang Mai. Because The route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai was pretty straight forward and easy to do. And also condition of the road is so good . And Their are many stalls along the way.

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