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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai December 31st 2015

New Year's Eve didn't start too well with me getting a horrendous stomach bug but managed to get the flight to chiang mai, we are staying in the chiang mai night bazaar boutique hotel. Such a good location right on the markets-the hotel itself is pretty nice-old fashioned Thai hotel with staff willingly taking our luggage to our room-Ryan tipped the guy 40p-he seemed delighted!lol New Year's Eve celebrations were amazing, the sky was filled with lanterns (we lit off 2 of them) and fireworks at 12am were unbelievable. I have never witnessed a firework display quite like it, every part of the sky was covered with fireworks and lanterns at one point! The atmosphere was great too-there doesn't seem to be a rule about drinking in public so everyone had their 40p Chang beer (apart ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Soppong December 15th 2015

When the winter starts it gets's getting really cold...I have to wear socks in the morning! I got a bit addicted to getting up at 5am to drive up the ridge to see the sunrise, so here is a small selection.... read more
Sea of Fog
Thalee Mok
Pah Ahtit Khoon

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand December 15th 2015

Partis de Bangkok la veille aux alentours de 20h30, nous arrivons à Chiang Mai mardi vers 9h30. Comme l’agence nous l’avait indiqué, une navette de notre hôtel (B.M.P. Residence) nous attend à la sortie de la gare. A peine arrivés à l’hôtel, on nous demande déjà ce que nous prévoyons pour la durée de notre séjour. En attendant que notre chambre soit prête, nous consultons le programme du trek de 3 jours prévu le lendemain. Nous réalisons que nous ne sommes pas prêts à marcher 6h par jour en groupe. L’hôtel propose d’autres excursions, dont un trek d’une journée qui nous paraît plus abordable. Nous faisons part au réceptionniste de notre souhait de modifier le trek réservé pour cette version plus allégée ; il nous indique qu’il a déjà engagé des frais pour l’organisation du trek ... read more
Chiang Mai, art_in_paradise 1
Chiang Mai, art_in_paradise 2
Chiang Mai, art_in_paradise 3

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai December 3rd 2015

We left the hotel at 9am in heavy rain and thunderstorms, in our own mini bus, heading for Chiang Khong, 180 kms away, where we will overnight in a guesthouse tonight before boarding our boat tomorrow morning for our cruise down the Mekong River for the next couple of days. It will take us all day to get to Chiang Khong and will arrive this afternoon, about 4-30pm but, not before making a number of stops along the way. Our route today would take us over the mountains where the country will then level out. An hour out, we were still winding our way down the other side but, at least the rain had stopped. We stopped for a short break at the Hot Springs in Chiang Rai - a pit-stop, a coffee and a foot ... read more
Rice paddies
Ted trying out the cashew nutcracker
Amusing sign outside the restaurant

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Soppong November 28th 2015

In Huai Hea, about an hour or so north from Soppong. This is a village where John used to live. They were doing this ceremony for Nah-lor who has had 4 operations and bits taken from her brain. This is the Lahu trying to bring one of her souls back into her body to heal her. No pictures of the actual ceremony, but hopefully it will be shown on the BBC next year.... read more
New friends
My guavas and the view

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Soppong November 25th 2015

I spent the day making Kratong. These are little floating offerings, made out of banana leaf and a thick chunk of banana stalk for the floaty bit. Then you stick on flowers and banana leaves twisted into shapes to make it look as beautiful as possible. In Ban Tham Lod, we released ours at the entrance of the cave and they floated through (or sank, depending on luck mostly). There was music and dancing too. Moo dressed me up in one of her Shan outfits.... read more
My Kratong
Making Kratong at Cave Lodge
Getting ready

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 20th 2015

As a travel enthusiast, I love to visit new and familiar places across the globe. One of the places I have wanted to visit for a while is Thailand. After talking with some Thai friends and doing some of my own research, I decided to visit Chiang Mai, which is in north Thailand. As a traveler who loves mountains, I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the surrounding countryside is around Chiang Mai. My travels took my past numerous rice fields, and I looked forward to seeing an old city that is full of life and vibrancy. I was immediately drawn to the center of the city, which is known as the walled city . The government has spent countless amounts of money making sure that the walls are in decent condition. Apparently, there are over ... read more
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Si Satchanalai November 16th 2015

This is now about day 4 of cycling. It feels like I have been on the road much longer: I am getting into a nice routine and I could keep on going like this for quite a while. After a pretty good night, even if I shared my room with numerous critters (cockroach, tiny ants, some kind of wasp and some weird white bugs-thank God I had my mosquito net with me), I left at dawn. It was very foggy and super quiet. The road I was traveling on was almost deserted, and the scenery fantastic. Too bad the pictures didn't turn out because of the fog and clouds, but this kept the morning cool. It gets incredibly hot around 11. People in the most remote villages seem so surprised to see a foreigner, but most ... read more
my balcony
Si Satchanalai
Si Satchanalai

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Sukhothai November 15th 2015

So it’s riding day 7. The weather today was HOT and my ass is really starting to hurt. Oh, and did I mention that I had extremely spicy food last night and I ate dried squid from a street vendor? I did all I could today just to stay upright on my bike. Ah… what a morning. สวัสดี S̄wạs̄dī - Hello from the beautiful, ancient city of Sukhothai, Thailand! After breakfast, we left the city of Nan and rode through more winding mountainous roads along the Nan River until reaching the Sirikit Dam Reservoir. In order to shave about an hour and a half off our ride today, we boarded a wooden ferry and took the motorcycles across the reservoir. After crossing the reservoir, we continued riding for about another two hours until reaching the Sirikit ... read more
Group phot at the Ancient Sukhothai Historical Park
Take a close Look - Ancient Hidden Ruin at Sukhothai Historical Park

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 12th 2015

Day 3 (or is it 4?) in Thailand. Well, Chiang Mai is a pleasant place, the traffic is dense but relaxed, the food is awesome and there is a good mix of local culture and a backpacker scene that can be a bit heavy but makes it a good place to acclimatize. On my first full day, I was pretty pleased with how easily I could put the bike together and get it out. My first mission was to find a place where an American teaches taichi courses that I am interested in. It wasn't easy to find (even with a GPS that I don't really understand-how am I going to find my way over the next few months?!) and as I was about 50 m away (but didn't know that), I got caught by a ... read more
List of things Stuart fixed on my bike
Roughing it!
Looks like a holiday

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