The taxis do not transport people normally if they aren't full. Going up he did start early if we were willing to pay more per person. We had to wait at the top to fill the taxi
. Time was getting short for us. We had reserved seats on the bus to Chiang Rai. Max decided that we should have the taxi driver drop us at a mall instead of the bottom of the mountain. We were originally going to have him just take us to the bus station. We would eat lunch there and then just leave. Max was concerned about the food at the bus station so we agreed to the mall. We thought we would go in the mall and get something quick but we went into a nice sit down restaurant. The guys meals came quickly but mine did not. We did eat and get out in a good time. We got another taxi to the bus station. Mitch continued to look at his watch every few minutes. He bet me we wouldn't make it to the bus station on time. We got to the station with about 10 minutes to spare. The bus wasn't even there yet when we arrived.
The three hour trip form Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai was lovely. There were mountains and rice fields. The bus did not afford good opportunities for picture taking. We were met in Chiang Rai by Mae, Max's sister. She is a kindergarten teacher. She brought us a car to use and then she left. We went to the airport and got our tickets to go back to Bangkok, found a guest house (several were full), and went to dinner. The restaurant owner is a school friend of Max's. We finished the evening at the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar. There was some entertainment. We watched 4 costumed Thai girls dance.
There is a temple on the mountain overlooking Chiang Mai. That is where we spent part of our day today. The road to get there is full of switch backs. We went up in one of those truck taxis. I was feeling a little light headed so I rode in the cab. Mitch & Max rode in the back with 2 Dutch women. It was not a ride I would have enjoyed in the back. The temple is about 60 years old. Max said the man who built it was arrested after the temple was built. I guess he didn't follow some rules in building the road up there. We can tell you the taxi drivers do not follow the rules in driving the road. They cross the yellow lines in the switch backs all the time. It is not for the faint of heart.