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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 27th 2019

The night bus took me to Chiang Mai in 10 hours. Half way it stopped, so we could get some food. I didn't really know how it worked, so I just got in line with some others. When it was my turn I could choose a drink. Then I went to the food counter, but they signed that I already used my ticket. I saw the girl that sat next to me in the bus, so I tried to ask her. She didn't speak english, but she got what I meant. She walked with me to the drinks counter and probably explained the guy I didn't know the system. I gave back the drink and he gave me back the ticket. Then I had to walk to the food counter where I got noodle soup (there ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 20th 2019

So now it’s everyday life at BaanSongJum , which means House of Memories in Thai, with sisters Nui and Kong. They’ve both retired from previous jobs and lives and now run this guesthouse in the old family home, where their grandparents lived. It’s a little time warp and haven from the busy world of the city outside. Around the wooden house on stilts there’s a jungle of plants, carefully tended by Nui, attracting birds , lizards and squirrels and there are three gentle welcoming dogs, Lanna, Frankie and BamBam. A constantly changing multi-cultural and inter generational set of guests who stay in the eight little rooms around the main house are made to feel at home. There are so many interesting stories to hear and thoughts to exchange every day, or you can just retire to ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 12th 2019

Thailand is known for its elephants and after Shelby went on an elepant craze in Cambodia (elephant pants, elephant shirts, elephant paintings, elephants, elephants, elephants), it only seemed right that we spend a day interacting with elephants. In Chiang Mai, it turns out elephants are in large supply and many companies provide ample tours. Our hostel owner Som informed us that most of the parks in the north of Thailand are very good and reputatable. They don’t allow riding on the elephants, they have handlers who work specifically with an elephant to ensure they understand basic commands (eat, good, stop, back, etc.) to provide a safe environment for tourists, and mostly they roam free. This is not the case in all places in Thailand or around the world so do your research first. Most elephants who ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 11th 2019

It was a good flight from Sydney to Bangkok, and I arrived late afternoon, with plenty of time to sort out my onward flight to Chiangmai at the Bangkok Airlines office at the airport before setting off in a taxi to find my air bnb “apartment with rooftop pool” near Pra Kanong one of the sky train stations. It’s sometimes difficult to follow the instructions for how to get into an air bnb apartment ( as Eunice and I had experienced on a trip to Japan) Many of the air bnb listings are in apartment blocks that prohibit the sub letting or letting like this. You can imagine why -noise, security.... lots of issues for the other residents . So the ‘secret ‘ check-in can be a nightmare when you’re tired and have to negotiate some ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 28th 2019

On Wednesday, January 23rd, I took the 6PM direct flight from Mandalay (Myanmar) to Chiang Mai (Thaïland) where I arrived about 8PM. The flight had been with Air Bangkok and this flight operator was surprisingly good. Both airports are pretty small and I can’t say that that bothered me. :-) In Thaïland I was a bit nervous to cross the border because my passport is almost full (2 1/2 pages left) and I was hoping the immigration officer would be nice and put the stamp on one of the pages where there is still some free space but even though she was nice, she put it on the half page where I had hoped would fit my stamps of Laos and Cambodia ... Well, we’ll see how far I can make it with my passport... ^_^ ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 28th 2019

Mittwoch, den 23. Januar habe ich den 18h Direktflug von Mandalay (Myanmar) nach Chiang Mai (Thaïland) genommen, wo ich dann gegen 20h ankam. Der Flug mit Air Bangkok war überraschend gut gewesen und diese Fluggesellschaft ist wirklich gut. Beide Flughäfen waren ziemlich klein und überschaubar, was mich absolut nicht gestört hat! :-) Ich war ein bisschen nervös in Thaïland die Grenze zu überqueren, denn mein Reisepass ist fast voll (nur 2 1/2 Seiten frei) und ich hoffte der Beamte am Schalter wäre nett und würde den Stempel auf eine Seite tun wo noch Platz frei ist, aber auch wenn die Dame ganz nett war, so hat sie den Stempel dann doch auf die 1/2 freie Seite gesetzt wo ich eigentlich gehofft hatte Laos und Cambodia stempeln zu lassen... Naja, wir werden sehen wie weit ich mit ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 24th 2019

Jan 24th, This morning we had a meeting to evaluate the trip. One important part of Thai culture is “saving face,” so we were told ahead of time to only give positive feedback (even if they kept pushing for us to tell them things we didn’t like or thought they should change). Our teacher, then, is supposed to email them privately with any ideas for changing the program for next year. This is soooo different from American culture, where everyone feels more than welcome to speak their mind. I do, however, have to say that I wouldn’t like not knowing what people are actually thinking. This cultural preference also prevented us from being able to freely talk about our ideas and give and suggestions or critiques to improve the program. After the course evaluation meeting, we ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 23rd 2019

Jan 23rd, Today, we were given a free day until our farewell party in the evening. We chose to spend the day relaxing after a very busy few weeks. The morning started with our request to have brunch at 10:00am instead of having to wake up early to breakfast like we usually do. After brunch, we got our suits on and headed back to the lake for the afternoon since we had such a nice time the day before. We got there and laid out on the grass and spent the afternoon talking, reading, and drinking smoothies. We also got lucky enough to stumble upon a litter of the most adorable puppies. When we got back to campus to get ready for the farewell party, we realized we had ALL overdone it on the sun. Oops. ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 22nd 2019

Jan 22nd, This morning started out with a nursing conference between our college and several colleges in the Chiang Mai area. Three of our group members were chosen to present at the conference on the selected topic of Domestic Violence. Each group did a presentation on this topic, and it gave us the opportunity to compare rates of domestic violence in Thailand versus America. The biggest take-away from the conference was understanding that a desire for power is the common denominator amongst perpetrators of domestic violence. The conference and the lunch following provided a great opportunity for us to mingle with Thai nursing students and get to know them better. After the conference, we were given a free afternoon. We chose to spend our time at a lake. A few of my friends and I rented ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 21st 2019

Jan 21st, My experience getting a Thai massage is the inspiration behind the title of this blog. This morning, we paid 250 baht ($8) for an hour and a half massage. Sounds like pure bliss, right? Wrong. Thai massages, as I mentioned before in a previous blog, focus heavily on pressure points and stretching. Fifteen minutes into my massage, I almost handed him the 250 baht and ran out because I was in so much pain. Fortunately, after the intense pressure point part was over and the forceful stretching of my non-flexible legs, the remaining part of the massage was pretty enjoyable. With that being said, I felt an aching pain in my hands and feet the rest of the day and even into the night. My group and I have come to the conclusion throughout ... read more
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