Chiang Mai has turned out to be a wonderful experience! After a few days of introductions to staff, learning about our role, and other training things, we likely would have headed down to Mae Sot. Instead, we are here for nearly an extra week waiting for our work permit to clear. We have a one year visa currently, but it requires you to cross a border every ninety days. This is typically very easy in Mae Sot, where we’re just kilometers from the border, but that border crossing is currently closed (and has been since the elections in Burma). So, we’ve gone ahead and applied for our work permit in Thailand, which should be able to be signed for and picked up next week.
Until then, we’ve had the weekend free! It’s been a great opportunity to rest, read, and spend some time together. We were also lucky enough to be here for the Flower Festival, which is held the first weekend in February each year. Just a few yards outside of our hotel, we got to enjoy the parade, markets, and flower displays.
All in all we had a really wonderful day and enjoyed seeing the Thai’s so proud of their country. Glad we caught this Saturday in Chiang Mai!