A relaxed border town

Trip Start Sep 28, 2010
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Trip End Dec 16, 2010


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Princes Guesthouse

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

We got dropped off at Prince's Guest House about 4pm after the rafting and really just collapsed onto the (what felt like) luxurious bed. We were tired, achey, and had sore muscles where we didn't even think we had muscles!!! The room did have a beautiful view out over the lake. The best room with a view on our travels.

We went out for food and a few/some/several/maybe one too many celebratory beers with the guys from rafting in the evening and just chatted how we'd rafted from Pai to Mae Hong Song and survived. It was definitely an adventure and well worth it!!!

The next day we just took it very easy. In all the day we accomplished: breakfast, a brief internet session, lunch, a Thai massage, a hair cut, dinner, sleep.

The Thai massage was for me very painful and for Sophie quite painful in parts (although overall Sophie really enjoyed it, and would definitely go again!). I think this reflects the difference in flexibility rather than ability to deal with pain. As we all know that Manflu is significantly more distressing than childbirth, there's no point denying it ladies.....blah de blah.....

Seriously though, the massage did really help sort out my ankle, some intense elbow work on the sole of my foot, combined with excessive quantities of Tiger Balm seemed to do the trick. Though at the time, I was trying hard not to yelp in pain!!! Sophie can also now cross her legs, which she coudln't before because of her older ankle injury.

Sophie's attempts at the local food that night were a bit hit and miss, but her dinner was VERY spicy. It's ok folks, be assured that generally we are both eating very well. It's that ''it's ok we're on holiday and it's cheap, spoil yourself" reasoning every day!! 

Mae Hong Son was much quieter, less touristy, and more relaxed (no annoying Tuk Tuk drivers asking "where are you going" or "where are you from my friend" all the time). It had a night market, so obviously Sophie did her bit to help out the local economy and made some purchases (there's a theme here!!!).

In the evening we saw on TV a news clip from Leicester (celebrating Diwali). It looks awfully cold, dark and wet back there in the UK. It's going to be a shock when we return, especially as Sophie has gone Native. I mean that she finds air conditioned buses, taxi's, planes, shops etc. just a little bit too cold - even with trousers and jumper on - and she's supposed to be a hardcore northerner!!!!

Also it's now a bit weird as we've been travelling for over a month, done Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, so we are no longer naive newbie travellers anymore and people are asking us places to go in those countries, where to stay, how long for etc etc..

Keiron


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