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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket March 19th 2011

HE SAID... We arrived at one of Phuket’s eastern ferry terminals at 10.30am, jumped into a songthaew (small pickup truck/ute with seats in the tray) and headed to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre (where gibbons are rescued from captivity and carefully reintroduced into a nearby forest after they find a mate). We arrived at 11am and found ourselves mesmerised by the 15 or so gibbons that were on show for the public because they could not - for various reasons - be rehabilitated into the wild. I was particularly taken with Bo (or Rambo). He had been a pet since he was a baby and his teeth had been filed down by his owner to stop him biting. The owner surrendered him to the Centre when he matured and became too much to handle. He eventually found ... read more
gibbon rehabilitation centre
karon beach
karon temple market

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Yao March 17th 2011

HE SAID... We left Ao Nang at 11.30am in an air conditioned minibus to travel to the Tha Lane pier to catch a ferry to Koh Yao Noi. We arrived at 12.15pm, but the ferry we were meant to catch had been cancelled, so we caught a local speedboat instead. We left at 1pm and arrived at the island at 1.30pm. We caught a songthaew (small pickup truck/ute with seats in the tray) to our bungalow retreat which was located just across the road from the beach. We lunched at 2pm. I had yum pla hmik (Thai style squid salad) and Ren had goong pad kao pod(stir fried prawns with baby corn). The food was great. We finished the meal with coffee and watermelon shakes. We considered hiring bikes to ride around the island and we ... read more
koh yao beach resort
koh yao beach resort
pasai beach

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Krabi March 15th 2011

HE SAID... I woke at 6am to watch the morning unfold through my lower bunk bed train window. The southern Thai landscape seems very different from the north. Large vertical hills rising out of nowhere, then flat fields full of palm, coconut, rubber and fig trees. This train was a little less steady on its tracks than the northern trains, so my sleep had been broken during the night. However, it didn’t make any difference as I felt completely refreshed, and the prospect of lazing on the beach this afternoon was very welcoming. Arriving at Surat Thani had its problems - Ren and I misjudged Pun Pin Station and jumped off the train a little too early when it stopped temporarily at traffic lights. We found ourselves alone on an empty platform in the middle of ... read more
ao nang beach
ao nang beach
ao nang streets

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 12th 2011

HE SAID... I woke at 6am and caught up on my writing as I sat in my sleeping berth. We arrived in Bangkok at 8am and caught a taxi to our hotel. Bangkok is an enormous bustling city, and a taxi trip in peak hour morning traffic certainly confirms this. Our hotel room wasn’t quite ready, so we headed out for a fruit shake while we waited. We checked in around 9am and settled into our room. This was the last day of our northern trip, so we needed time to re-organise our packs. We headed out at 1pm to look for a place for lunch. We were interested in a place along Th Tanao, so we started walking in that general direction. Within a few minutes we found ourselves right in the middle of a ... read more
bangkok streets
bangkok streets
bangkok streets

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 11th 2011

HE SAID... We arrived at Chiang Mai at 11am and headed straight for the hotel in a songthaew (small pickup truck/ute with seats in the tray). We re-packed and then headed straight for Wat Chedi Luang. We sat at the Monk Chat Program area until a young monk (Ton Udom) arrived around 12.30pm. The three of us chatted for about an hour about Buddhism, Thai life, monk life and religion in general. Ton promised to email me a few PDF files about Buddhism (which he did the very next day). We jumped into a tuk tuk at 12.30pm and headed back to a local restaurant near the hotel where we shared a pad thai goong sod (rice noodles stir fried with prawns, dried shrimp, egg, bean sprouts, tofu, chillies, fish sauce and peanuts) and a khao ... read more
chiang mai streets
uan restaurant
uan restaurant

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai March 10th 2011

HE SAID... We arrived in Chiang Rai at 1pm, checked into our hotel, showered in hot water for the first time in three days, organised our dirty clothes and dropped 3.5 kilograms of washing at the local laundry. The afternoon heat was intense, so we headed back to the hotel with cold drinks to catch up on emails and writing. We were exhausted. Three days of trekking had taken their toll, and a shower, western toilet and soft mattress were incredible luxuries. It was difficult to consider leaving the comfort of our room for the searing heat outside. However, we had read that an interesting second-hand bookshop was close by, so we decided to venture out and have a look at 5pm. Ren picked up a Thai book by Chart Korbjitti titled “Time”. We also visited ... read more
wat jed yot
night market
night market

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai March 8th 2011

HE SAID... Day 1: We woke at 6am and headed straight for the shower. We breakfasted on khao niao sung khaya (sweetened coconut sticky rice topped with egg custard) and you tiao (Chinese deep fried donuts) with coffee. It was very tasty and perfect energy food. We were due to leave at 10am, so we had a leisurely morning. A songthaew (small pickup truck/ute with seats in the tray) took us to the start of the trek and we set off at 11.30am. We walked along a sealed road, which became an unsealed road and eventually a dirt track. We crossed a number of small creeks and started ascending to our lunch stop, where we sat beside a creek and sheltered under the tree cover. Our lunch had been prepared that morning at the homestay and ... read more
day 1 trek
day 1 trek
day 1 lahu village

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sai March 7th 2011

HE SAID... We descended out of the Chiang Dao Mountains to Mae Sai on the Burmese border. We checked out the markets and picked up a bottle opener for the remaining cider. We then jumped back in the songthaew (small pickup truck/ute with seats in the tray) and continued our journey, stopping on the way for lunch at a roadside restaurant at midday. I had a yum pla duk sam rot (spicy catfish salad) and Ren had pad thai goong sod (rice noodles stir fried with prawns, shrimp, egg, bean sprouts, tofu, chillies, fish sauce and peanuts). The food was good, but in comparison to street stalls and local cafes, roadhouse food isn’t the best. After lunch we headed to a lookout over the Golden Triangle (where the Mekong River divides Thailand from Burma and Laos) ... read more
golden triangle
house of opium museum
mae sai

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Salong March 6th 2011

HE SAID... We woke at 6am to prepare for the days ahead. We checked out of the hotel and left at 7.45am for the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Centre. We arrived around 8.30am, fed bananas to the elephants, watched a show and then went for a ride. While the show was difficult to watch (elephants pulling logs and painting pictures is not really my idea of entertainment), the ride was great. The elephant Ren and I clambered onto was hungry, so she decided to go bush a number of times to eat. She also took her own path during the river walk, making a beeline for the riverbank where she could clamber up and munch on the undergrowth. As we made our way back to the minibus we were presented with a framed photo of the ... read more
chiang dao elephant centre
chiang dao elephant centre
chiang dao elephant centre

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand March 4th 2011

HE SAID... We boarded the train and settled into our seats which converted into bunk beds. We took stock of our travels to-date and caught up on our notes as the train slowly pulled out of Ayuthaya bound for Chiang Mai. This train was very comfortable! After having our beds made for us, I climbed in and went out like a light. I didn’t even have time to pull the blanket up before I was asleep. It had been a long, fantastic day. I slept well, although the air conditioning was a little cold (which I’d definitely prefer to having no air conditioning). I had dreams all night of being in earthquakes and trying to get out of houses as they shook from side to side - I absolutely love sleeping on trains! We woke at ... read more
chiang mai streets
wat doi suthep
wat doi suthep




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