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Published: March 26th 2008
Well it's now Wednesday and we are in Chiang Rai - what a nice town - Very laid back and easy to get around. It only has a population of 55,000 so it is very nice after the the amount of people in Chiang Mai. A little cooler (low 30's) so much more pleasant.
The bus trip took 3 hours passing through some very beatifull hills and country side - very pleasant indeed although with our butts being the size they are a little cramped due to the size of the seats on the bus. 5 across a normal sized bus.
Found a very nice little guest house in the back blocks of the town, only 300 baht a night ($10). So we are very happy. Turned out the owners Steve and Awe are just the nicest people who are only too happy to give you directions and advice.
Stroled around the town in the afternoon and then decided to have dinner and wait for the Night Market to start at 7pm. A storm was brewing and within a very short time had the locals running - covering their stalls as the rain started. Rained for about 15 minutes and then the locals went back to setting up their stalls but within 1/2 hour the rain came again - heavier this time as it was obvious that most gave up for the night and started to pack up their stalls.
Ian did manage to buy a cute little set of Opium Scales. All packed in a wooden box with a set of weights as well for 600 Baht ($20). Much better than the inital asking price of 1500 Baht. .. We will keep looking for the real thing. We wandered a little further and bought 2 DVD's at 150 Baht each, so very good value and too boot, good copies and not released in Australia yet.
For some reason we have been following many of the steps that the Emerald Buddha has made around this neck of the woods, so today we are off to see another Wat that has been home to the little blighter.
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