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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai May 20th 2014

Good evening readers I hope you are well ************* you may needed to edit this before passing to mum! ************** So today's blog is about my experiences with tigers and lady boys (I put tygers as a homage to the Tygers of Pan Tang for those of you who know them, so it's not a spelling mistake lol) A group of us took the opportunity to visit Tiger Kingdom where you get to interact with the big cats one on one. You can choose big, medium, small and very small. We took a tuk tuk which is big enough to take 8 of us, so not like the ones I'm used to. When we got there two of the girls opted to go and see the snake show about 10 mins ride away as one of ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand May 20th 2014

Good evening everyone, I thought I would up date you on yesterday's event as i know younare eagerly waiting to know the next instalment of my travels lol. 6 of us decided to visit the elephant park there was me, Alex, Charlotte, Kico Amanda and Evan and along the way we picked up an mother and son who I think were from possibly South America or possibly Spain or even Portugal, they didn't speak much English so it was hard to find out. Our guide for the day was an amazing lady called Joy and she was a Joy to have around. She spoke very good English and was so enthusiatic all day and never lost focus on us. She was funny caalinf us superman and super girl and asked us which country she was from ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai May 18th 2014

Hi everyone Welcome to,the latest instalment of my travels. Yesterday I left Bangkok and we headed to Chiang Mai via the hop,on hop,off bus. I said my goodbyes to my host and caught taxi to the stray pass office over near the Khoa san road area. I left with no breakfast so with time to,spare I visited the trusty and reliable Burger King, I ordered an omelette breakfast complete with hash browns and i think,it was a burger tea and OJ. All,very healthy not. I then just nipped round the corner to the stray pass office. On the first leg our journey there were 13 of us, unlucky for some but lucky for us. We are a mixed. Unch, one got from Brazil, two girls from Canada a couple from Canada who had Ben working in ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai May 4th 2014

Arrived in Chiang Mai on the 26th, smooth flights ,no hassle. A huge assault on the senses compared to Koh Lanta. Modern, highly populated and the traffic is something else. My hotel is sheer luxury compared to the volunteer accommodation, hot shower- heaven, first time I've felt clean in weeks. The water used at the center was rainwater and quite brown. Got an air conditioned room too bliss!. I'm just round the corner from the famous night market, hundreds of brightly lit stalls, a shoppers paradise, couldn't have picked a better spot. Took a tuk-tuk around the city to see some of the sights and the driver was great, pointing out all the landmarks, even stopping at the temples and waiting for me, all for 200 baht (roughly about £4) Left for the Elephant Park on ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai April 28th 2014

It was about noon when my flight started its descent into Chiang Mai. When I heard the landing gear come down I looked out the window. I could see that perfect square formed by the red brick walls of the old city on my right. I closed my eyes, sank back into my seat and waited for that reassuring butt thump of wheels meeting tarmac. The plane suddenly accelerated into an emergency climb. The stewardess in the rear-facing jump seat at the front of the plane was wide-eyed. Her necklace levitated off her neck. She hung suspended by her 4-point harness as the climb continued, engines screaming bloody murder until the pilot banked hard left and leveled off. A British dude, white as a cloud, sitting next to the window opposite mine started yelling; "Did you ... read more
Just So You Know That There's A Burger King Here
One Of The Myriad Of Eco-Tour Booking Offices
Sweet Spicy Pork Salad


Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai April 25th 2014

After being informed that I was going to have to remain in Chiang Mai a week longer than I had planned, I started talking with a Kiwi who works for an NGO in the Chiang Rai area. I asked him if he had been to Pai, Thailand recently and he said that he had. In fact; He was there just last week. I asked him how the town was and he replied, "Parched." Sounded good to me. Chiang Mai's a good spot but it does have some air quality issues though they're not as bad as Bangkok's are right now. I was in Bangkok on Sunday. When my plane landed we couldn't see the ground until we got below 500 feet due to all the engine exhaust the city produces. The air in Bangkok is extremely ... read more
My Ride; The Public Bus
My Buddies
The Lap of Pai Luxury

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Dao March 27th 2014

After Doi Inthanon it was time to revisit Doi Chiang Dao. As I mentioned before, I had been here in 2006 and had always intended on returning but never did. This is still the only place that I have ever got well and truly lost, having to sleep out overnight in the jungle, so fun memories. The impetus for this return visit was that I wanted to try to add one more pheasant to the trip list. There is a site on the mountain there called Den Ya Kat where the Mrs Hume's pheasant lives, along with the giant nuthatch. Pretty much every birder who goes to northern Thailand goes to Den Ya Kat to find these two birds. I had attempted it in 2006 without much luck. But I decided to give it another go, ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand March 21st 2014

First stop on my way back to the anonymity of being a non-travelling nobody was Doi Inthanon National Park in northern Thailand. My primary reason for deciding to go up there was that Phayre's langur was on the species list for the park according to various internet sources. When I got there I was told “no” so I guess it is found there but not in the areas around the roads and trails. I had been to Doi Inthanon once before, waaaay back in 2006 on my first trip through Asia. At that time I had been under the impression that the park was not very do-able by backpacking (which, I had found out for this trip, is completely inaccurate!) so I had teamed up with an ex-pat Belgian birder named Gilbert who I had met ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand March 12th 2014

Pai is an obligatory stop on the Northwestern Thailand tour. It has the reputation of a hippie town, with a lot of dreadlocks, marijuana, and chilled-out vibes. The town is very small, with just a few main streets. A lot of the accommodations, including the hostel known as "K.K. Hut" which I stayed at, are a short walk out of town. I had my own private bungalow there, making it a great place for some R&R. But I was only there for 2 nights, so wanted to make sure I got out and saw some things. Pai would be easy to chill out at for a week, if you had the time to kill. I'm traveling solo, and usually have an easy enough time meeting people to do things with at the hostels I stay at. ... read more
Thai Tatoo would be preferable
Big Buddha on the hill
Ferris Wheel

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 9th 2014

Chiang Mai is the biggest city in the Northwest of Thailand, and is popular with Western visitors. It runs at a much more reasonable pace than Bangkok, and is overall homier than that urban jungle. The old town is stacked full of small restaurants, bars, coffee shops, street food, markets (day and night) and of course, massage parlors. As far as I could tell, it has most of what Bangkok has to offer, just maybe not at the same scale, density or variety. It lacks skyscrapers, The prices are a bit cheaper, e.g. you can find main courses at restaurants for 40 baht ($1.25), espresso for 25 baht ($0.75), and nice managed (multiple cleanings per week, gated) apartments for $150-$200 per month, depending where and what size. I was only planning on staying 3 nights here, ... read more
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