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Saved: September 3rd 2018
He can be found at Wat Muang Mang, Chang Mai
Checked out Ayuthuya and some of the temples there but they didn't seem to be up to much,
especially as the Burmese took offence at some point and decided to go postal on the majority of the Thai monuments leaving a lot of the Buddha’s headless which according to Buddhist’s happens to be the most spiritual point of the body.
Next we (Me, Phil, Dan, my Brother and his Girlfriend Dee) headed of to Khon Kaen which is like a stop off point before heading to Laos or so we though actually the stop off point before Laos is Nong Khai. So we took a six hour train journey (to the wrong place) which to say the least was uncomfortable as its built Thai style, no one above 5 ft, so after unfolding myself out of the seat we arrived.
Now this is where we spent another six hours looking for somewhere to stay as no one speaks a word of English because not tourists come here for good
reason too, I tried to ask this cross eyed guy for directions but he didn't have a clue, he pointed in the direction of China and I thanked him and
went on my way, think I’ve hit the Deep North here Thai Chainsaw Massacre style, no white people here apart from the ones swinging from meat hooks (I’d only been traveling a week so wasn’t aware that screw ups are what make traveling…….well traveling). Needless to say we decided to move on the next day without Matt as he seemed to feel responsible for us and it got stressful for him and
Where next? we decided on Chang Mai a good choice too.
On the other hand we had to get there by bus which happened to be 12 hours on Psycho Tours, the were three drivers alternating and as far as I'm concerned, competing to see who could get there the fastest.
Whipping round winding roads with crevasses on the sides, hammering down hills to keep the momentum going to get up the other side, while the driver takes two minutes to find each gear. Needless to say I didn't get any sleep, I preferred to be awake for my death, you know look it square in the eye and all that.
We arrived safely in Chang Mai with the drivers had completing a new record
so everyone was happy. Got straight into a hotel for £1.30 a night and spent the next day checking out the temples and Wats (over 300 in Chang Mai) the city has a lot of connection to its past but also quite modern, with plenty of Cultural attractions. Loads of Buddha’s striking his various poses but they all seem to have a common theme of looking like they're totally wasted on weed.
Got smashed again last night with a guy from Chicago called Nick and spent today looking around the various markets filled with works Art, clothes, sculptures, jewelry, food and if you fancied it maggots and crickets........I didn't.
Saw the waterfall outside of Chang Mai and went up to the highest point in Thailand and walked through the forest there, which eternally rains as the moisture in the air condenses around the trees, meaning its all luscious green, also they had a wooden walkway with ropes to hold it all together, I was expecting some Ewok to pop out, unfortunatley no sign of Leia.
Also went to Doi Suthep which is a very sacred temple, with 306 six steps leading to the top, instead of a banister
you get Nagas which all adds to the charm, so after 306 six steps I felt
like it would be a good time to quit smoking again and contemplated the thought over a cigarette. The temple itself was under renovation but we saw most of it and the wonderful views it has over Chiang Mai City and learnt a little more into the culture and history of Buddhism.
Heading off later for Pai and then across the border to Laos.
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