Trip Start Mar 06, 2012
12Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
It’s day 6 of Mave on the Move... & we’re moving; 4 locations - Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai &... em, where we are now (see below) - in 6 days means we’re movin’ alright. Clare & Michael are still with us, still hanging around like the proverbial bad smell. It means we’re probably drinking more & thus spending more than we’d like but it’s ok for now; we are, 6 days in, still in holiday mode (& we should be able to tolerate them for a few more days).
As I type we’re in the Akha Hill guesthouse situated in the mountains 23kms outside Chiang Rai in extreme Northern Thailand, not too far from the border with Burma (some call it Myanmar)
I’ll let the pictures tell the whole story but in a nutshell since we left Bangkok 3 days ago we’ve… had too much of a good time on the train to Chiang Mai… stayed in our favourite accommodation thus far (the 350 baht-a-night Peppermint Guesthouse), caught up with friends of Mel’s & taken in the Night Market (all in Chiang Mai)… chilled out in Chiang Rai & seen it’s Wat Rong Khun temple… & made our way here to… to this village in the jungle near the Burmese border. We’re still having fun... it’d be hard not to.
Trip Day 3 – 6 Observations
I was fond of highlighting observations in my last TravelPod blog so I’ll be doing the same here; if anything it’ll probably make the blog a bit more interesting - Mel said after reading my last post, the first of the trip, that she felt I had ‘nothing to say’… which was fair comment (I always start off slow)
We’ve stayed in 4 different accommodations thus far (5 if you include the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai… we don’t) and they all have offered free Wi-Fi. Even cafés & bars advertise it to entice patrons. Hell, it's even available at rickety bus & train stations. Maybe having it here in the jungle shouldn’t have been the surprise it was.
Every Little Helps
Tesco is here. Yep, they’ve even infiltrated Northern Thailand. Small, convenience-style shops granted but an infiltration nonetheless. Seeing them & their megastores in Korea was a surprise but to see the Tesco logo on the backstreets of Chiang Rai was another matter.
Mozzies & Mel
The mozzies love Mel. Her legs, especially after our stay in the Akha River House in Chiang Rai, look like a nasty join-the-dots puzzle. Me? Nope, they don’t find me tasty at all… and never have done.
1. dMb blog: Chiang Mai Reflections, March 9th 2012
2. dMb blog: Chiang Mai Night Market, March 10th 2012
3. dMb blog: White Wat, Chiang Rai, March 11th 2012
4. dMb on flickr: Thailand