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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » San Kamphaeng December 10th 2011

We walked around the city trying to find a good guest house and finally settled at a quiet place for 300 bhts a night (£6). It had WiFi and a TV too which made a nice change. We had not slept much the previous night so decided to grab some lunch and take a walk around the area we were staying in before having a cat nap later in the afternoon. That evening we found the main area of town where the bars, restaurants, massage (legit) places were and also a night market. Spent a couple of hours wondering around the market but the items on sale were pretty much what we had already seen in Bangkok. We stumbled across an indoor food market selling all kinds of different hot dishes. I tried a yellow curry ... read more
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Terry had no fear whatsoever
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » San Kamphaeng August 13th 2011

Evidently on this trip we are incapable of arriving anywhere with a moments time to spare, and as per usual were cutting it fine unable to even cram in a snack shop on the way. It took us ages to try and find a way into the station after we found the entrances at the front were locked with iron chains and bars and the homeless settling down for the night in each door-way. We did manage to sneak in through the back door in KFC and later realised there was a side entrance with no doors on at all! To top it off we then had to weave our way past all the doughnut and cake stands to board for departure with me tagging behind hoping Scott would turn round and notice me drooling, waiting ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » San Kamphaeng August 3rd 2011

So not much to report for today, we got up at 12pm slept like logs, I think the heat and travel have finally caught up on us! We went to the "Thai 1 on" bar for breakfast, G got a wopper bacon sandwich it looked yummy I got granola and fresh fruit which was sooooo tasty :) Then we had to sort out our accommodation for the next 2 days. We went to a place that was highly recommended on tripadvisor, but they were full and sent us down the road. Place looks ok but we are a bit scooby dubious! It is half the price of where we are staying now and looks much the same so what is there to lose! We looked at doing some tours got, some prices, now we need to ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » San Kamphaeng July 18th 2011

Got up at 7.30 am and quickly took the breakfast as we were supposed to be picked up for the day tour at 8 am by the tour guide. really enjoyed the half day tour of yesterday so were expecting a more adventurous day. Met with the guide named Mr Egg at hotel lobby and had other 10 group members in the van by next 45 minutes. basically we took a combination tour of elephant ride, jungle trek to waterfalls and bamboo rafting. two French and an Aussie couple , two girls from England and a couple of thai girls were in the group. went directly to the elephant camp which was like 40 minutes from Chiang mai and had our elephant ride for an hour. Track consisted of a jungle hill and water canal so ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » San Kamphaeng July 11th 2011

We had our first day at the orphanage today and it was lets say an experience! So the day started with a rather early wake up (we're still adjusting to the time difference! Especially seeing as on Sunday we didn't get up til midday!) and breakfast of black yellow leaf tea and what Hannah described as a chocolate version of a pink panther biscuit! Then we met prachit and walked over to the bus stop where a yellow and green truck type thing with no doors picked us up and took us the 40 (yes 40!) minute journey to the Viengping Orphanage! On arrival all volunteers (of which we've met one - who is from Finland and is very friendly) sign in and passports are scanned etc. The orphanage is built on a massive stretch of ... read more


Hi Everyone, So we finally made it to Chaing Mai after two rather hot and busy days in Bangkok! Our hotel room is lovely and the weather up here, although much wetter, its much cooler (28-30 degrees unlike Bangkok which was BOILING at a steady 34-36 degrees ALL THE TIME!!). We have never appreciated the coolness of English weather so much before! Bangkok, although a rather dull and dreary city at first glances, is actually full of life and injections of colour! These people value the state of their temples and massive golden buddas above and beyond anything else. Every other temple we went into was having restorations of some sort done (including the temple of the sleeping budda where we managed to get lost...inside the temple!). Thai culture is very calm and friendly (even though ... read more


I am sure there are "authentic" hill tribe villages out there, at least in terms of their rustic appearance: thatched roof houses with mud floors and people adorned in colorful apparel. (But we did see a few people traditionally garbed and gathering mushrooms in the forest while carrying their children in little baskets on their back). However, it is perhaps no surprise that I have mostly seen such hill tribe tradition only in photographs, travel blogs, at museums or (in terms of dress) around places where tourists congregate. (For example, I see more people dressed up in various hill tribe gear in Bangkok and Chiang Mai in tourist zones than I have ever seen going around the countryside, but I haven't spent that much time in the countryside yet.) On my recent trip driving Honda scooters ... read more
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Solar power!! But no electricity otherwise.
The best of hilltribe based agriculture

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » San Kamphaeng December 29th 2010

Christmas in Chiang Mai From Seoul to Bangkok, Angkor Wat to Halong Bay, and Luang Prabang to the jungles of Laos, it is safe to say that we have had an amazing first half of our journey. Our return to Thailand was met with enthusiasm and eagerness as we began the second half of our great adventure. Coming down from our high of The Gibbon Experience, we crossed the Mekong River thus crossing from Laos into Thailand. We were pleasantly surprised when we found that our new friends Nate and Caitlin from Tree House 3 were not only on our mini bus to Chiang Rai, but also had plans to stay there for a couple of days. For us, Chaing Rai became a place to reconnect, even though we were only gone for a few nights. ... read more
Thai entertainment
Hike to Khunkorn Waterfall
Hike to Khunkorn Waterfall

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » San Kamphaeng December 19th 2010

our last 2 days in Chiangmai we decided to spend trekking through the jungle so we booked - got picked up at 9:30am put in a truck with 7 other people and off we went. first stop was a Market for fresh supplies for our lunch/tea.......then drove for about 45 minutes up through the countryside the views were amazing. then we came to an elephant farm where we all got taken on elephant ride through the forest and across a river.....we bought some bananas for our elephant Mamun, and she was one hungry elephant- her trunk kept reaching up for more......so we gave her the whole lot......there was one baby elephant walking with us that was scared to go in the river but once it was in was loving it- it kept flinging itself around in ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » San Kamphaeng December 19th 2010

time for another update........... right so since I spoke to you last we've been hanging out about in Chiangmai riding bikes and seeing lots of Buddhist monks wandering around...and drinking more beer and eating the most amazing food I've ever tasted- I am in love with thai food!!! so much so I'm going to do a cookery course so I can eat this way when I'm back home!!! the night after our last post we walked into town thinking we were being clever taking a shortcut and got completely lost......and didn't have my trusty map either.....so we ended up wandering around for well over an hour all the time we were saying 'I totally recognise this place - the main street is just round this corner' nope still not....just round this one....nope aaaahhhhh totally lost!!!! we ... read more




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