2 bathrooms. Chili-based-diet insurance.
Not a bad gig we have here in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
House Sitting in Thailand
Kelli and I are doing a 2 month house sit in a large home bordered by Doi Suthep National Park, in the hills surrounding the city of Chiang Mai.
Cool nights, a quiet community and friendly Thai neighbors make for a fun, fascinating experience here.
Peep the 10 reasons.
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1: Tokay Gecko Living Below the Roof
Seems like an odd lead off but you know by now…..I am odd.
Tokay geckos are basically little crocodiles that sound like rampaging elephants as they sprint across the roof, eating everything that’s a wee bit smaller than them. Like:
- little lizards
They are ferocious predators, laying waste to any sentient being within their size range. Kelli and I saw a Tokay chasing down and tearing up large moths in Bali a few years back.
I have yet to see the guy here in CM, but have heard a Tokay under the roof.
Tokays are sometimes called the “F*ck You” lizard (because their song sounds like them saying…..eff you….eff you….eff you…..eff you), emitting a bizarre-sounding call I mistook for some night bird, for the first year of our SE Asian trip.
Combine this exotic, outright weird call with the fact that – as I read once online – the Tokay’s eyes look like that of Satan’s Little Helper, and toss in that these chaps can reach over a foot in length, and add in the tropical, spotted, eye-catching coloring of the guy and you have a fascinating roommate. And a kick ass, savage exterminator.
2: 2 Bathrooms
Heavy chili pepper usage in Thailand = 2 bathroom minimum for a couple with functioning digestive tracts.
3: 2 Bedrooms
2 bedrooms. 1 hard bed. 1 soft bed.
1 cool during the evening. 1 cool during the day.
If Kelli and I want some solo – because, ya know, YOLO – we head to our respective bedrooms. Me of course choosing the less comfortable room at the time.
Yoda is the #1 reason why I love being here. Even if he pops up at #4.
Our little French Bulldog friend is, literally, the reason why we are here. House sitting to watch Yodes.
Cute, game, stout, adorable, ditzy, persistent, powerful, big ears, buggy eyes, and as good as gold….this guy LITERALLY looks like the 700 year old Jedi knight.
Whether we’re playing catch or rough housing, Yodey is a barrel of monkeys.
5: Living Beside a National Park
The backyard? Doi Suthep National Park. Not a bad view. Not a bad vibe.
Trees, mountains, exotic birds and blue skies as far as the eye can see.
So what if a cobra sneaks onto the property once in a while? He was here first. I am the farang.
6: Fast WiFi
Facebook Live videos! 1080 p video uploads! Picture uploads. All uploads. Netflix. Fire Stick. Mad up time.
We are blessed with – by Thai standards – a lightning fast internet connection. By US standards this means pretty damn fast. Which explains why I am wrapping up the first season of Iron Fist now.
7: Thai Style House in a Thai Neighborhood
I have inhabited farang style and Thai style dwellings over the years. I dig both but tend toward Thai style cribs. Because it feels…right.
More open air. More images of monks. More altars. More offerings.
This ain’t da Old City, folks! Nor a hotel or apartment in town. Chilling in a sleepy, peaceful Thai village creates an authentic experience. A relaxed, genuine experience. I gaze upon an old Thai lady making dinner in a small lodging – in a non creepy way, I hope, hiding behind blinds – every day. Fun stuff.
8: 14 Minute Motorbike Ride from Buddhist Veggie Restaurant
14 minutes to mondo vegetarian.
Kelli and I are but a 14 minute moto ride from our favorite Buddhist vegetarian restaurant, which sits a few minutes outside of the old city. 1 highway, an extended ride up a popular road in town and we enjoy our vegetarian feast. 6 days a week.
9: We Are in Thailand
Thailand is a fun place to live. Mad culture. Monks on alms runs. A revered royalty.
But you’ve conveniences too. In more populous spots, at least. Wonderful mix.
Fun people. Nice people. Face saving culture. Drop dead gorgeous beaches. Plus, I write in 2-4 word sentences – at times – when living in Thailand.
10: Blistering Heat
We hit 100 degrees every day as the summer/dry season slowly wraps up now.
Meaning we sweat like pigs. Meaning my water weight drops like a brick. Meaning sharper features on my meat suit. From jaw line to abs to delts, me is more chiseled these days.
Are you house sitting now?
What do you love about Thailand?
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