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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai February 1st 2015

How daft am I I knew I was going to Thailand but in my head thought I was just getting connections to Laos. So a stop over for 3 days came as a bit of a shock so moral of the story read the trip notes before you go mmmmm! So with a couple of days to spare I booked a days sight seeing and found myself with a great mix of people whisked here there and every where around the outskirts of Chiang rai in the north of Thailand about six hundread miles from Bangkok. We went to seven Sites on a !o ng old day from 8.30 til 9 pm Jeez was I knackered but we covered lots. Sadly my phone battery died around 3pm so the last few hours are in my memory ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 1st 2015

Péntek este érkeztem a szigetröl Bangokokba, a chiang mai-i éjszakai vonat jobb helyei már rég elkeltek. Kipihenvén a másodosztályon, javarészt embriópózban aludnipróbálva töltött 15 órás vonatút fáradalmait, ismét otthonra leltem Chiang Maiban. Egy éppen Indiában utazgató srác szobájába kvártéjozódhattam be ugyanabban az épületben ahol a Rosemary, Kelly, Nuria és Ramon is lakik. Az idö egy részében velük cserélek eszmét és kezeléseket a craniosacralis biodimamikáról, a délutánok, esték pedig afféle városi hippiskedéssel telnek, melyek odáig fajulhatnak, hogy korábbi terveimmel ellentétben nem is megyek vissza a tengerpartra egyelöre, mert hamarosan kezdödik egy Shambala nevezetü japán zenei fesztivál Chiang Dao-ban, ami egy közeli hegy falucska, gyönyörü természeti adottságokkal. Mostanában egy Tien nevü 50 éves, eredeti... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai January 26th 2015

I have never experienced freedom such as this. After phitsanulok I took the train to Chiang Mai. I stayed in a popular guesthouse and met some fantastic people within minutes - there was such a strong social vibe there. We went clubbing a couple of times and I had a few too many Chang beers. We also chilled with some locals and hippie types outside a clothing store. Had some really interesting conversations. I spent the rest of my time in Chiang Mai exploring, eating the most delicious (and cheap!) vegetarian food and lounging in one of the most beautiful city parks I have ever had the pleasure of going to. I also chatted to a couple of monks beside a temple. They hold 'monk chat' sessions which are designed to give monks an opportunity to ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 25th 2015

Woke up with a terrible hangover! so had a bit of a later start to the day 1xblack Russian and 3xpina coladas later - what a light weight oh dear!! So after packing bags and a hearty breakfast felt much better and walked to another temple ( this one was recommended by Adam and Sarah - the aussies ) this one was very gold and ornate similar to the others but had the ruins of an older temple - which had been bomb damaged behind it, which was interesting to see. The old town of Chiang Mai is lovely, we walked around looking for gifts for Michelles family and while doing so i had a 15 min fish foot cleanse and Michelle had a full body massage. We had an early dinner and caught a taxi ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 24th 2015

Early start today as being picked up at 8.30 for an hrs ride out to the elephant sanctuary. An open backed pick up truck arrived on time and we got to share the route out of town with a couple from Ireland, a couple from Australia and a chap from Germany - all lovely people who we could all chat fluently with, so that was really nice. We stopped off first at PooPooPaper Park where they hand make paper from elephant poo - very ingenious! Brought a couple of bits and we headed off to the sanctuary. It was a whole day to learn how to command an elephant, to ride and bathe them and make their daily meds. So we pulled into the sanctuary, got changed into blue overalls and met one of the elephants ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 23rd 2015

Today was like getting up for a shift!! alarm went off at 4.40! ouch!! for a 7.30 flight north to Chiang Mai - so got a taxi to the airport ( a 40 min ride costs 6 pounds!) but got stung by Air Asia for a extra fee of 20 pounds for excess baggage!!! wont be doing that again! An hrs flight and we landed at Chiang Mai for 9am so got to the hotel, had a bit of a nightmare with being offered a dirty room with someone elses clothes left in the wardrobe ( wouldnt of minded if they fitted!) so got upgraded. Headed out to the river ping and met a very nice american chap called Mike who offered to walk us up to a market - run by thais for Thais where ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 3rd 2015

I dragged myself out of bed, the only problem with sleeping so well the night before was it took me forever to get to sleep last night. I packed up my stuff and headed out to Thanin market for some breakfast. I went to a different stall and I ordered a red curry omelette. They used the term omelette very loosely, as in reality, it was just red curry, rice, and a fried egg on top, not what I had envisioned in my mind, but it tasted great. I, then, headed back to the hotel to check out and leave my bags in reception. The ladies were so sweet, they told me to get back before eight, so that they could get me a tuk-tuk to take me to the airport. I then headed into the ... read more
Wat Lam Chang
Wat Lam Chang
Wat Lam Chang

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 2nd 2015

I had a glorious lie-in today, I woke up at 10:45, and I think I could have happily slept longer, but I had lots to see and do. I decided to head to Sunee restaurant, which I had been to a few days ago for breakfast, but when I got there it was shut. I headed to Thanin Market, which I was going to go to anyway. I wish I had had the time to discover this place earlier! In front of the market, there was a massive food court, filled with stalls. Too much choice! I walked around the outside for a bit, but all of the signs were in Thai. I entered the food court, most of the tables had menus in both English and Thai. I ordered a pork omelette from Rungnape. It ... read more
Suandok Gate
Suandok Gate
Suandok Gate

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai January 1st 2015

Zunächst einmal ein gutes Neues Jahr Euch allen. Ich wünsche Euch, dass es Euch so gut gehen möge wie mir. Wie einige von Euch wissen, ist mein Neffe Sascha momentan in Thailand und wir hatten einige gemeinsame Aktivitäten vor. Eine davon war, Neujahr weiter oben im Norden in Chiang Rai zu verbringen. Das ist dort, wo man sich schon ziemlich nahe am Goldenen Dreieck zwischen Thailand, Burma und Laos befindet und wo früher immense Mengen an Opium angebaut wurden. Eigentlich wollte ich mit Sascha und dessen Kumpel mit dem Auto nach Chiang Rai fahren. Da Letzterer allerdings mit einer Thailänderin verheiratet ist, wuchs die Anzahl der Mitfahrenden dann um ein paar thailändische Familienmitglieder, so dass für mich kein Platz mehr war. Da ich ohnehin schon länger einmal vorhatte, die Fahrt per Motorroller zu machen, setzte ich ... read more
Chiang Rai Hinterland

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai January 1st 2015

I was up at the crack of dawn, 5:50 am to be precise. It was still pitch black outside. I ate the pork bun, that I had bought at Seven Eleven. It was rank, sweet, bleurgh! I made it downstairs just before seven, and the security guard told me that they wouldn't arrive to pick me up, until 7:30. Well, he knows his stuff, as it was after 7:35, when they arrived. Everyone was pretty miserable in the van, maybe it was the early start on New Year's Day and lack of sleep. We picked up some more people after me, and once the van was full for we drove for an hour and a half. Today was going to be a long day of driving. The rest stop we stopped at was billed as a ... read more
Crappy Hot Spring
White Temple
White Temple




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