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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep March 23rd 2018

We ended up staying up until 2am last night at the hostel talking to a group of fellow travellers from Canada who have given us a bunch of useful advice. They told us from first hand experience, the ones who con us are mostly European living out here scamming young travellers for a living. The bastards. Today we explored the old town in 36 degree heat. Ice smoothies are a god send out here. They literally chuck a bit of fruit into a blender with ice and charge 30 baht which is around 70p... it’s bloody heavenly. I’ve even managed to get Dean to invest in some colourful Thai pants to cover his knees when visiting the temples. There are just over 300 Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai. We’ve come across one every 50ft that date ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 22nd 2018

We’ve headed north to Chiang Mai the only way backpackers should; the 14 hour sleeper train. I’m convinced this train is over 60 years old. It’s infested in creepy insects and is certainly a duster virgin. Although it’s a little cramp and rusty, there’s a real authentic feel to this style of Asian transport; we feel like true hipster travellers now. Thailand has military looking railway police officers who patrol the carriages keeping us youths in order. After a broken up 4 hour sleep I got up at 5.30am and waited for the sunrise. I couldn’t take my eyes off the scenes of Sukathai, it looks like the animation from jungle book... I’ve never seen the world look so beautiful. We’ve only just arrived in tranquil Chiang Mai where we’ve set up base for a few ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 20th 2018

Woolly says – After a restless night where my mind was more focussed on our next part of the journey rather than our current location, it seemed so easy to let Jo plan the day, hoping she had learnt from her previous disasters we set off to the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city around 3 km south of Chiang Mai's city centre. Built by King Mangrai around the latter part of the 13th century it had served as the capital until repeated flooding meant a move to safer ground in the fifteen hundreds. For many years it was thought that the old city had been lost, until 1984 when the Department of Fine Arts discovered remnants of it and excavation was begun. Our uber dropped us off at a fine ... read more
Up close to the doorway
Ancient Ruins
Temple of the Kings Spirit

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 19th 2018

Woolly says – Having had a full day of rest, (well except for the four hours spent sorting trains and buses out for our next part of the trip) I felt ready to find out more about Chiang Mai. Having studied the map the women had decided that it would be pleasant to have a stroll along the river and see what we could find, somehow, I didn’t think it was going to be quite what they envisaged! From my point of view, it meant that I could shout out PING as many times as I liked! The Ping River was once used for goods and wears to arrive in the city and was a thriving river, now it was used for the odd tourist boat to meander along. A few minutes’ walk from ... read more
More elephants
Ping River
Making the smallest pancakes

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 17th 2018

Woolly says – Our flight into Chiang Mai had been easy and in less than half an hour we were cleared through immigration, had collected the backpacks and were in a taxi to our digs. A good night’s sleep left me ready to take on the old city, the former capital of the kingdom of Lan Na (1296–1768) being this old I somehow expected it to have small cobbled streets and a certain quaintness, it doesn’t, but it has a whole heap of Wat’s. We had decided not to go anywhere in particular for the day and just see what we found, I set off eager to investigate. Our accommodation was just out of the older part of town and having walked a mere two minutes we had already found Wat Chomphu a gilded stupa with ... read more
First Wat of the day
Gold elephants
Wat Chomphu

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 14th 2018

Chiang Mai was our first stop in Thailand, but first there was the small matter of negotiating Bangkok Airport security. We think we have pretty much got the process well rehearsed by now, but Pip got stopped and her bag opened. The target was her fold away travel scissors, about an inch long. She told the guy that she had done 20 to 30 flights with them but the guy's response was "this is Bangkok" and away they were taken. Chiang Mai, in the North of Thailand, is an old city surrounded by a moat with a large expanse of urban sprawl around it. It is famed for its wats (Buddhist temples) and street food, and outside the city for its elephant experiences - which get a very bad rap for their treatment of the beasts ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep February 2nd 2018

Well, it has been a crazy return since last Friday. I definitely need a few days to relax, but I haven’t really given myself that opportunity. Maybe, I am crazy! Friday night, I had family over for food, gifts, and pictures. I had to complete about four hours of homework for my Saturday clinical and was unable to go to bed until 1am. I had to wake up at 5 in order to leave in time for my clinical session in Gettysburg which was from 9-4:30. I quick ran some errands afterward, and soon after met up with my boyfriend for dinner. Fortunately, I have had a little bit of time to reflect on my two objectives I created before this course began. I had two objectives coming into this trip that I want to quickly ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep February 1st 2018

Well, I don’t think I have too much to say about today. It was extremely chill. We started off the morning going to breakfast at BCNC and then headed over to the coffee shop nearby the school called Maliwan. We had past it many days and always got back to the school after its open hours. It was everything I loved: Ferns. Thai tea. Good conversations. Calm early mornings. Friendly greetings. Strawberry shirts. Sunshine. Cat figurines. Wooden tables with fine, clean lines. I could go on and on about how happy I was at this coffee shop. It seems so simple, but sometimes the smallest and simplest things bring us the most joy. After this I was able to go back to BCNC and have independent devotional time, which was most needed. During my devotional time ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 1st 2018

Today is our last full day in Chiang Mai. I’m feeling very nostalgic. This morning as I was doing devotionals on the third story porch, I watch Melissa and Jha spend some time chatting and sharing gifts. This is the first time it really hit me that we were soon leaving our beloved friends. I’m not sure why I feel so sad other than that I will really miss them and that I really love our Thai friends. Love is such a weird thing because we cannot really pinpoint it, something I love to do when self-reflecting. It’s extra tough because I feel split between here and home. There are people at home that I miss dearly and cannot wait to see, but there are also people here I do not want to say goodbye to. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep February 1st 2018

Yes, I’m a little delayed in my journal writing. Yesterday, was the 25th and our last day in Thailand. We spent the morning doing evaluations and talking with the staff about our time in Thailand. I thought that things came off harsher than I would have liked them to sound, and I felt slightly annoyed by the complaints that were being made, given that we had already talked to Debbie about most of them. I recognize that I make cultural mistakes all the time, but it is frustrating to me that people continue to push American ideas and reactions onto situations even after already talking about how to do things better and more respectfully. At least evaluations are over. I am hoping that next year goes just as smoothly as our year. I was extremely bummed ... read more




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