After the 12 hour long train ride through the night we finally arrived in Chiang Mai. Taking the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai definitely gave us extra baht to pay for our taxi to the Mae Ping Home Stay Hotel. There are only 6 rooms at this home stay. Jamie and I reserved a nice room overlooking the rice fields with 2 queen beds. For our first day here in Chiang Mai we decided to just relax and explore the local area. We settled into our room for the next few days and then decided to explore the home stay and meet the other guests and owners. We took our time relaxing in the pool for the majority of the evening. We also went out to the rice fields to do some exploring and fruit picking at the nearby fruit farm. We finished our day off with some local Thai cuisine that was prepared by the home stay chef. This pretty much concluded our first stay in Chiang Mai. Here’s just some information on home stays. Home stays are basically when a guest stays in someone else’s home. Thailand home stays are in rural areas where guests have opportunities to learn about Thai culture, including local handicrafts production and rural Thai lifestyle. It is also an inexpensive stay and a great experience.