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August 4th 2008
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Thailand - 31 days




So we started with a few days in Bangkok to check out the billions of Buddhas, temples and the suspicious reptilian ngah creatures which accompanied most temples. We also got ringside seats to a kickboxing match.


Then we jumped on the night train to Chiang Mai to check out more temples and here with went on a 3 day jungle trek, including some bamboo rafting and an elephant ride.


From Chiang Mai we headed south via the amazing former kingdom of Sukothai which is now a historical park containing many temple and buddha ruins, it was a great day cycling around from one temple to the next.


Continuing south we made friends with the Macaque monkeys in Lopburi then we continued south passed Bangkok heading to the Gulf of Thailand to relax a little bit. We spent 3 days on the islands of Koh Tao and then we moved onto Koh Phangan. On Ko Pha Ngan we chilled and hired a motorbike to get around, and we used one of the days to take a magic mushroom shake. We got tattooed in the traditional bamboo stick way, although the
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Ring side seats at the kick boxing
modern equivalent is a metal rod. I decided to get one of the ngah, as I wanted a traditional piece and I believe that the world is controlled by reptilian life forms (see David Icke). On the same day we went to the July 2008 Full moon party, these parties are famous in this part of the world, lots of drinking and dancing and lots of tourists all getting nutted and partying the night away.


After the islands we slowly made our way back to Bangkok, so that Jo could fly home but we visited Prachuap Khiri Khan for great views from the hilltop temple and some great seafood, served by our ladyboy waiter-ess. We also stopped at the Damnoen Saduak floating market, which was just a market to suck more money from the tourists.


After Jo left I jumped on the night train again to Chiang Mai, spending one day to visit the cave at Chiang Dao, with many budas incide. Then I continued straight on to Chiang Saen on the banks of the Mekong river and hired a motorbike to visit the Golden triangle area, I overlooked where the Mekong and Ruak Rivers meet
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The crowd goes mental gambling
and visited the fascinating Opium Museum.


The Golden triangle is the area where the borders between Thailand, Burma and Laos meet which is famous for its huge production of Opium during the 70´s. It is cultivated from poppy´s and the locals liked it a lot.




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Wat Arun Buddhist Temple across the river
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The impressive Wat Arun Temple
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The reclining buddha at the Wat Pho
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Wat Chiang Man
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This fella guards the wat
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These annoying woman, encage birds and then ask tourists to buy them to release them for luck
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A hilltop view over the jungle
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Walking through the jungle
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A spot of lunch eaten with freshly made bamboo chopsticks
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We had to burn a wasps nest.....
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....and then we ate the little BBQ'd lavae inside
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We had an hour elephant ride
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I love elephants, and their bums taste nice
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We stayed in a indigenous village and some children sang for us while.....
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.....this guy played a flute-esq instrument
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The last day we floated down the river on bamboo rafts
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A demonstration of how elephants were used for work - like JCB's
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The elephants can paint pretty paintings


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