Chiang Mai and hostel life

Twins against twins playing UNO

Traveling for a year changes you. And it changes your budget as well. That is to say downward unless you become a millionaire in the meantime!

In Chiang Mai, where the best places to stay are in the old city, hotels are expensive – so we booked a family room in a hostel. It was the first time the girls had experienced a hostel on our travels, and it was different – lots of young people spending time together or just enjoying each other’s company.

Small people playing domino with big people

Games are played, random thoughts and travel advice are shared freely. I realised that the more stars a hotel has, the higher are the privacy barriers in the unwritten social code. Here in the hostel, young travellers accepted the twins as domino and card game partners, and my little people could hardly wait every afternoon to go back home from sightseeing to play Uno with their new “adult” friends.

Zoe chilling out

In the mornings, the girls were clearing and washing breakfast dishes just like everyone else. I watched on, happy and proud. They naturally took responsibility for their own parts in this new environment – so different from the hotel culture where a small contribution would have to be squeezed out of them and then might be politely commented on by a fellow guest as being cute.

Bottom line: Cheaper accommodation not only lets us travel longer – it will help the girls to learn a bit more about life

We were staying in Dozy House, which has great location – inside the old town but on quiet street and only few hundred meters away from Sunday night market.