Chiang Mai:

Trip Start Feb 07, 2008
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Thursday, February 7, 2008

After a hour flight from Luang Prabang (Laos) i arrived in Chiang Mai Thailand's second largest city situated in the north. This was the first flight i have even taken aboard a propeller plane and was an enjoyable experience as the views of the Mekong River flowing in Northern Laos were amazing as was the mountainous jungles in and North-East Thailand.

Chiang Mai is a cosmopolitan city with many western brands on the high streets such as Macdonald's and Burger King. Obviously it had been a long time since Christmas morning in Vietnam at KFC so i treated myself to a super size McChicken sandwich meal that cost me 1.50 and has resulted in numerous visits (absolute bargain compared to about 4/5 in UK).  Scott Wallace would be so jealous.

At night Chiang Mai transforms into bustling city of nights markets, pubs, clubs, Go Go bars (you know the ones i mean). I only caught a quick glimpse of some barely dressed Go Go girls when whizzing past one of the Go Go bars on a Tuk Tuk on the way back from a Muay Thai boxing fight. As the girls shouted at Roger and myself to come in for a look, the driver stopped the Tuk Tuk and asked us both if we wanted to visit the Go Go bar for what was described as a ''happing ending'', obviously we declined their generous offer and retired to our hostels. I have added a picture of a Go Go bar for your viewing pleasure Mr ........ (you know who you are). But im afraid it was downloaded off the internet because i didn't want to get pestered by the girls if i was taking a photo.

During the week many fights are advertised for Muay Thai boxing fights, promising a bloody battle of professional fighters above the 65kg weight class. So Roger and I booked tickets (10) to see the big Friday night fight. Arriving at boxing club morale was high, looking forward to bloody and aggressive fight. The area was like a cattle mart show ring with raised viewing benches and ringside seats that comprised of plastic chairs. The fight program was distributed displaying names and weight classes of the fighter, only to find out we had been robbed as most of the fights involved young fighter weighting in at 40 to 65 Kgs (approx 15-17 yrs). We were heart broken to say the least. Nevertheless we stayed to get our moneys worth. The children were very cautious fighters which resulted in a lot tip toeing around and not much contact, fancy kicks or punches. We were about to leave early when a European fight between Scotland and France started. These lads were mental with fists, knees, legs, elbows flying everywhere and a the Scottish lad achieved a knockout by the 3rd round (6 mins). A ''Happy Ending".
Chiang Mai has a small privately owned insect museum comprising of 426 mosquito species, bettles, butterflies, and giant wasps.  The musuem was an interesting experiance and the owner showed me round and explained the exhibits.  He even breeds mosquitos and feeds them by inserting his hand into their sealed cage and lets them feed on his blood in order for to reproduce.  Mr Wanop has collected his species over the last 50 years and has been employed by many well known museums world wide do to his expertise. 
During my stay in Chiang Mai I enlisted the expertease of Mr Miyagi and his assistant for one day. Although it had nothing to do with martial arts. You will just have to wait and see?
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