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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep November 10th 2015

So, here I am sweating on my nice little balcony in Chiang Mai, Thailand, drinking tea and eating fresh bananas. After a 36 hour trip by bus and plane, I arrived here last night, with my bike. This is it, an old dream coming true. However I feel like a newbie, not really knowing yet how I am going to manage to find my way in foreign countries with foreign alphabets, on my bike, and how my old body will cope, but at least I will give it a try. Even if the trip just started, I already have a few small adventures to tell. The first one happened as I was still in Montreal... I guess I was so focussed on getting my bike on the plane and finding out how much United was going ... read more
From my balcony
The damaged box

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 10th 2015

Some people say travelling will change you, my dads wise words were I would stop wearing make up and shaving my body hair........ This is not the changes I'm talking about. Yesterday whilst in Chiang mai I faced one of my biggest fears(this being after quitting my job and buying around the world ticket) booked a zip line in the jungle. There were over 40 zip lines and the largest one being 850 metres above the jungle. Along with free falls (which terrified me). We were also doing them superman style...... The day prior we went to an elephant sanctuary where we Trekked with elephants and guides and managed to have a baby elephant sit on me..... 100kg, terrifying initially but an amazing experience All these things I never thought I would one have the opportunity ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand November 10th 2015

Well of all the places we decided to visit Chiang mai gave us the biggest surprise! The city is beautiful and so chilled compared to Bangkok, but up to now has shocked us repeatedly. So before the elephant trekking we decided to grab some breakfast, much to our dismay on the way back from Wallee, we saw a guy on a motorbike in brown leggings which had (lets just say) a peep hole for his sausage and mash! Luckily we had eaten breakfast so wasn't hungry😳 Then last night we went to Zoe & yellow where we met up with Darcy from China (pro surfer) and the Irish boys, and the girls from Essex. After copious amounts of alcohol and cutting a rug up, none of us wanted t meet the midnight curphew that Chiang mai ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son November 10th 2015

สวัสดี S̄wạs̄dī - Hello from Pai, Thailand! What a perfect day of riding! Today we departed Mae Sariang in route to Mae Hong Son. Our first stop along the way was a visit to a World War II museum named the Thailand-Japan Friendship Memorial. Here they showed us a movie (propaganda) about how great it was for Thailand to be occupied by Japan during WWII. Hmmm.... Anyway, by mid-day, we arrived at the Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, the first temple of Mae Hong Son. The entire way from the beginning of the day to this temple was traveled on narrow, twisty, curvy roads. In fact 1,864 curves to be exact. When we arrived at the temple, we were greeted and presented a certificate from the Governor of Mae Hong Son, for completing the journey ... read more
Mountains  of Myanmar (Burma)
Winding Curvers
Winding Curves

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 9th 2015

Today, we kicked-off our ten day motorcycle tour around northern Thailand. I am part of a twelve person group that includes our Thai tour guide Noah, two couples from Australia, three individual riders from the United Kingdom, a couple from China, and an individual rider from Germany. As the day progressed and everyone got to know each other, it was interesting hearing the different stories of adventure, places everyone has traveled, and where they are going next. One of the ladies from Australia was teaching nursing in the neighboring country of Laos. After finishing her teachings, she and her husband decided to take a couple weeks and tour Thailand by motorcycle before heading back down under. One of the individuals from the U.K. is on a six week journey traveling through the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and ... read more
Vachiratharn Waterfall
Vachiratharn Waterfall
Doi Inthanon National Park

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 6th 2015

So I finally got a chance to take in some Muay Thai fights; something I never got around to last time I was in Thailand. The bouts included a mixture of female matches as well as teenagers, and adults. From what I was told, they sometimes even have dwarf matches. But I think my favorite had to be the blinded matches. They blindfolded four young fighters and let them loose in the ring. The fights took place at the Thapae Boxing Stadium right behind Thapae Gate on Moonmuang Road. Because of its central location in Chiang Mai, fights are often fought before a well-packed crowd of mostly foreign tourists. Click the READ MORE text to see a couple short videos of the fights. ... read more
Muay Thai Fight 002
Muay Thai Fight 003
Muay Thai Fight 004

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand November 6th 2015

We left lovely Chiang-mai and caught the minibus to Pai, costs 150 baht (a local,cheaper bus also runs once a day but takes longer). So they call it the long and winding road to Pai,boasting 762 turns and you feel everyone of them! We stopped for a break half way and some people were throwing up, Phil was made of harder stuff and got tasty fish on a stick and we both fueled up on coffee :). We stayed in a beautiful place in Pai, called Canary guesthouse, right on the river, in our own little bungalow. The owner was the sweetest woman who made a cracker of a breakfast! I got coconut french toast with banana and cream (not to be missed!). We had free tea and coffee which is every cheap ass backpackers dream! ... read more
Our home sweet home
yay free coffee
so chilled

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 4th 2015

So we took the sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, it is advised to book this well in advance as the tickets sell out really fast (especially for the train leaving in the evening). We got the train at half two and it cost 1200 baht for the two of us for a second class ticket. Well it was an experience I can tell you! The windows are open so you get a lovely cool breeze and see some wonderful sites, including the monkey temple, mountains and sunset but you also get mosquitoes (do use deet,especially if they love you as much as they love me!) I swear I'm like a delicacy for them or something lol! The dining was an interesting experience, street vendors hop on at station stops and sell everything from full ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 4th 2015

A big warm S̄wạs̄dī (hello) to the pretty city of Chiang Mai. This place is like a breath of fresh air (literally) after Bangkok. Take note that there's no public buses here but there are sŏrng·tăa·ou (pronounced sing tow), these are fancy pick up trucks with benches in the back and they take you round the city for about 20 baht. However, they go in a random direction, picking up other passengers as they go! Do take a red one as they are licensed 😀👍. So, we had a craving for some western food and got pizza, this was a mistake budget wise (western food is not cheap here!), but at least we fixed our craving lol. So next on the agenda was to fulfill my bucketlist dream of playing with tiger cubs in tiger kingdom. ... read more
fell asleep, thanks hubby
arriving jack tired

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

Map of my travel routes shown in red.... read more

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