Chiang Mai - AGAIN!

Trip Start Jun 27, 2007
Trip End Mar 17, 2008

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Mon 26th: Woo hoo an exciting day in a consulate. Well, we needed to get our Indian visas, and Chiang Mai, our second home seemed like the ideal place to spend a few days catching up with friends and eles while we waited.
To keep on the India theme, we then went and purchased our last Lonely Planet, a bit emotional, no more comforting blue books to spend a fortune on!
Bill then wanted to get ready for his birthday the following day so it was off to a salon for a head massage, double shampoo and condition and finally a hair cut!

Tues 27th: Bills birthday! Old and dejected it was up to Sarah to make this birthday less miserable, a planned three day extravaganza things must be done properly when you as old as Bill, he had managed to tie his Birthday up with Elephant Sara (we're calling her fat! and she loves it) So day one was a bit of Bill and Sarah time a continuing joke now after Sarah's fun filled celebrations back in July to hit the cinema for a kids film with pop and tuck. A contrast to the kids afternoon it was a sweet little jazz club for cock and mocktails.

Wed 28th: Having got up early  Bill heading out to grab a coffee and chill out whilst Sarah prettied herself a long (and mostly unsuccessful) task after a late night. Sara finding Sarah mummified in a towel, she ran in fear for her life to find Bill and grab a coffee low and behold Sarah also appeared not far behind. Right two birthdays, so gifts of all sorts food and  a t-shirt to highlight how fat Sara is! We spend the day getting fired up for the evening having bumped repeatedly into this nice boy Tabs we had to invite him along our mums brought us up right you know. Poor boy didn't know what he was getting himself into, two birthdays and well a morning of Karaoke, beer and pizza, some fantastic numbers it turns out Sara can actually sing I'm sure that should be announced before the Karaoking begins. Wanting to be a boyband having mastered singing, dancing was the only thing now hindering our rise to stardom. So we had to head back to basics picking up the rhythmic sway of Bob Marley in the Heaven Beach bar, the only bar to offer a floor of sand, which probably isn't an interior design feature so much as to make it easier to mop up blood. Taking it upmaarket and up tempo, it was a cracking time in a Thai rap and R'n'B club, some of the best dressed men woman and those inbetween, called the Warm Up. It transpired that the only drinks were whisky by the litre and the act was the acclaimed Titanium, the club went off and the Thais know how to gangsta. After a long night theres nowt better than a red truck home and a burger and chips.

Thurs 29th: With Bills birthday still going! As he had said early on it wouldn't finish till the tigers had roared. So Sarah desperate to end this festival of Bill, she has no class took us both to the Night Safari. It had the most amazing fountain and light show, you can't really go wrong with water lasers and pumping classical music. The night safari was pretty cool too, although we did drag a poor guy in front into a heated debate over the necessity of carrying safety pins, he commented that Brownies or ex-Brownies are a little scary and it's probably best not to mess.

Fri 30th: Meeting up with Tabs we headed to the Night Bazar for a curry and a beer as he needed to pick up a couple of pressies for those back home. Back in Heaven the sand was between our toes and a beer was in our hands.

Sat 1st Dec: To prove that if Elephants weren't big grey and wrinkly then they would be small white aspirins we headed back to the Elephant Park. Meeting back up with Jack it was big hugs and into the van for the bumpy trek. The market again for ele food, 250 kilos you know. Having chatted to an American couple it appears our elephant sales pitch had been so convincing  we met them on the bus heading to the park. As we headed over the hill there were eles eles everywhere Sarah was overjoyed! Jumping out there was Karl with two new puppies in his arms, the little scruff bags were adorable but a little scraggily as they were recovering from mange. Then it was loud hellos to Nadia, George, Lindsay, Sara and Jas. It was an elle day with bathing and watching the gorgeous things, but right back into the food preperations and all that too. A few sad moments watching a montage of photo and videos of little baby ele and the funeral we had missed.

Tragedy struck as the dusk set in as two of the older lady elephants came to blows and poor Mae Mai was injured and died later that evening, all in shock Nadia, George, Kirsten and Alex made us the most grogeous fort as a bed and it was a bit of a girly chat with chocolate and cups of tea about sad events past and present before bed

Sun 2nd: With the funeral first thing in the morning, with lots of tears, as the soil was filled back in, the offerings of water melons and flowers slowly disappearing from sight. We leave the ele park that afternoon hopefully not for the last time having spent a day reflectively lounging in the Beach Hut watching the eles by the river. We headed on Sara's advice with Tabs to the best Indian restaurant it filled Bill new found addiction for paneer.

Mon 3rd: Doi Suthep the Big Wat on the Big Hill overlooking Chiang Mai, it's blinging with rows of bells for those tourists that like to make noise. Beautiful Nagas up and down and  hazy view of Chuang Mai airport below. The road up and down was so windy Bill was not impressed as it made drinking his coffee a little challenging but Sarah fared a little worse getting the worst bout of travel sickness to date. Back in town bumping into Michael and Vicky the American couple from a few days before Bill once again wanted paneer the boy has a problem! so we took them to the Indian restaurant before heading to the roofless bar where cocktails were supped as rogue left over lanterns still drifted across the sky, chilly but sweet.

Tues 4th: Indian visas- at last! Packed up a parcel home and boarded the sleeper train to Bangkok.
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