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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 10th 2013

You will see why I have put question marks after the title of this blog soon, or you may just have a very good guess as to why. So today is my last day in Thailand. I have decided to make my way to Laos. I didn't actually book the outward journey with a company as I thought I would leave it up to myself and all I have to do is get a bus to Chiang Khong then cross over the border into Laos via boat. The evening before while having a BBQ with everyone at my hostel, Nina (the crazy sip sip lady) advised me that the buses were at either 10am or 12pm the following day. Happy about this, I enjoyed my evening, ate food and had a few beers. The next morning, ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 9th 2013

What a cracking long weekend! The accommodation we found on friday morning was ok during the day and we spend an extremely hot afternoon reading in the communal area which was very chilled an friendly. We travelled by tuk tuk to the night market which runs every night from dusk to midnight. The size of the market was quite overwhelming. The original market (indoors) was fairly quiet, well laid out and lit very prettily. By contrast, the street vendors that spilled out in every direction outside were chaotic and very lively especially later into the evening which is obviously when things really get going. Now, very briefly i will explain how the accomodation worked for us that evening (then i will be happy to never think about it again)... on return we realised that the place ... read more
A small part of the waterfall

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 9th 2013

After a day of chill time on the 8th, I needed to get out and do something active so I booked myself a trekking day trip. It was a group of 11 of us. 5 from Hong Kong, 5 from Spain and myself. Their was a language barrier, however, everyone was so kind and to start the day off, one of the Chinese girls bought me a red bull and shared their fruit with me on the tuk tuk to the bus. The first thing on the itinery was a visit to an orchid farm. From there we had a fair old drive to a rain forest where we were let loose to trek up to the waterfall. I was so happy. Exercise, freedom and beauty. I also had a bamboo walking stick! The trek had ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 6th 2013

Getting up early for our flight at 10.30am, we packed our bags and got a lift to Phuket airport, had a subway and made the 2 hour flight to Chiang Mai. I had already booked our guesthouse, so all we had to do was get a taxi. It took a while, as per usual the drivers do not have much of a clue where they are going. I gave him the contact number and he finally found it. Guesthouse was very nice, it had a small swimming pool and a couple of deck chairs outside and we shared a dorm room with two other girls from the West Midlands (funny enough). Sarah and I made ourselves a bit more at home and then as it was such a nice sunny day decided to go and lay ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 5th 2013

On evening one in Chaing Mai we spotted a 3 Chang promo for b159 and settled in the evening. Later we ate at the same place for b120. This soaked up the drink a little which is well premium at 6.2% and sold in litres. Not a great nights sleep at the hostel on night one after spotting the lizard in the room and bed crawling with bugs but no problems - we can be out of a place as quick as we can check in and next morning we moved to the bar from the night before after noticing how clean and tidy the whole place was. Across the road from our new hostel is the funky dog cafe. This is a family run, home cooking, hippie welcoming, own coffee roasting, shoes off at the ... read more
Thai yellow curry
A poem about Funky Dog

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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 3rd 2013

On the evening of our last full night in Bangkok, we had planned to go for one last pad thai down the 'local' but instead wandered in a different direction and come across a series of, what appeared to be, more local eateries. We chose one quickly (any would have done) and endeavoured to scan the menu for more recommendations we had been given. We tried the 'fish cakes' along with another Tom yam kai and rice and shared the lot. Tom yam kai was as good as last time and fish cakes nice although we both struggled to taste the fish. More like deep fried scrambled egg with herbs and spices - a lot of flavour. Not much to speak of for the next day. We spent some time chilling in our favourite spot in ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 3rd 2013

I was really curious how our train journey to Chiang Mai would look like and if the train would be anything like the hardsleeper I travelled with in China. Well… I have to give credit to the Chinese I’m afraid as my first impression about the Thai railway wasn’t the best. First of all the train looked pretty old and on top of that our carriage didn’t look like a sleeper at all! After a first quick glimpse around I thought that maybe we were in the wrong carriage! But then looking closer at the big compartment above, well… That was one bed then! We still needed another one though… After having a closer look at our two seats, well… I guess another bed could’ve been made out of them as well. One thing that was ... read more
beautiful girl at the Long Neck Karen village
Chedi Luang temple
before the fight...

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 1st 2013

As my Thailand trip is coming to an end it is good to look back and wrap up things in my mind. Now, in a trip of 3 weeks or so a lot of things happen and a mind can get overwhelmingly busy with elaborating all the experiences into a coherent picture of what a destination is like. As for me, there is one particular experience which I want to share with the world and those who have the patience to read my blog. After some days in the ping pong capital Phuket, THH was heading back to Hong Kong while I decided to spend my last 5-6 days in the Northern city of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai does have a good reputation for elephant riding and trekking (two things I did not do), and so ... read more
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai June 24th 2013

Today we had a slower start, thank goodness, and enjoyed a lazy breakfast in the villa gardens which was great. They have this amazing home cooked cinnamon french toast with grilled banana .. it is to die for! It has also been my standard order since arrival! Dylan and Scott have enjoyed the Pancakes ... which are also fantastic, but I have converted Dylan to the french toast after he tried mine yesterday! Anyway, we told our taxi man (same one from Saturday) that we wanted him again today ... but planeed to call him when we were ready to be picked up. BUT when we had finished breakfast he was here waiting for us already! KEEN! So we quickly got organised and left soon after ... headed for the famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (translation ... read more
View from Wat Prathat Doi Suthep
In temple in front of Golden Pagoda
A Monk blessing again ...

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai June 24th 2013

Landed at Bangkok airport and took a taxi speeding down the 'Gran Turismo' style freeways into the neon-lit city centre, staying at the friendly Baan Boran guest house (with free fruit and iced tea !). Next day headed to the impressive Grand Palace, every surface of its temples and palaces either carved or gold-gilded, and with carefully pruned topiary decorating the gardens. A brief stop for a magnum ice cream provided temporary respite from the heat, before I caught a boat down the polluted river with a mixture of run-down shacks, ornate temples and upmarket hotels lining the banks. A stroll through Chinatown revealed an eclectic mix of stalls and shops (selling everything from toys to guns to lawnmowers), and led back to Wat Pho, home of a giant reclining Buddha (the biggest in Thailand). Later ... read more
Wat Phra Kaew 2
Lots of gold...
Ugly Statue




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