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Northern Thailand Day 7 – Mae Hong Son

Northern Thailand Day 7 – Mae Hong Son

Breakfast on the wooden terrace looking onto the fresh green paddy fields, the sun shining and insects buzzing around. You could stay here all day, just relaxing, writing, enjoying the weather, the views and the general ambience. Or you could hop on a scooter and ride around the area and find some long-necked tribes. Choosing […]

Northern Thailand Day 6 – Pai – Mae Hong Son

Northern Thailand Day 6 – Pai – Mae Hong Son

White-water, or rather, brown-water rafting was the order of today. Picked up in a jeep early in the morning and driven to base camp, where we were briefed by Guy, a friendly Frenchman and the man in charge of the company – and given equipment. We drove to the starting point some 90 minutes from […]

Northern Thailand Day 5 – Pai

Northern Thailand Day 5 – Pai

Woke, grabbed a bite, jumped on the bike and headed off for a day of riding around this beautiful area of Thailand. The ride was magnificent. The views – spectacular. We rode to a waterfall through winding roads with sugarcane fields on either side, that then gave way to rice terraces. We passed farms, streams, […]

Northern Thailand Day 4 – Chiang Mai – Pai

Northern Thailand Day 4 – Chiang Mai – Pai

Started the day by visiting a famous mountain-top Buddhist temple in the morning – Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, some 15km out of Chiang Mai, and considered a sacred site to the Thais. At the base of the holy grounds we were given two choices to reach the temple – climb 309 steps for free, or […]

Northern Thailand Day 3 – Chiang Mai

Northern Thailand Day 3 – Chiang Mai

A sumptuous buffet greeted us in the morning at the Holiday Inn. We stepped out of the hotel to be met by the jolly, greedy face of Aun. And he’d brought a van and his uncle along for the drive to the Peak, a popular viewpoint and the highest mountain in Thailand. As we climbed […]

Northern Thailand Day 2 – Chiang Mai and Mae Rim

Northern Thailand Day 2 – Chiang Mai and Mae Rim

Groggy and suffering from a slight ‘changover’ (Chang beer has that effect when consumed in large quantities), Vero and I dragged ourselves to breakfast, which was a pathetic selection of desert-dry croissants, drier muffins, old bread and cold, hard baked beans. Manathai Chiang Mai – clearly a place resting on it’s laurels. To stay at […]

Northern Thailand Day 1 – Chiang Mai

The Air Asia flight to Chiang Mai was smooth enough, and from the airport, Vero and I took a taxi to town through the rain-specked streets, and, as always when arriving in a place at night, things didn’t look too promising – a little frightening perhaps – but I know never to let that cloud […]

Xmas and NY Holidays Day 3 – Bangkok

Another hearty breakfast was followed by a stroll down Suhukumvit Road in the baking heat of a Bangkok mid-morning.  We had decided to try the subway system today.  The entrance to the maze of tunnels under the city at this entrance was manned by security personnel, who checked anybody that wasn’t white, as so often […]

Xmas and NY holidays Day 2 – Bangkok

Feeling great after a good sleep on a comfortable bed (unlike my bed in Singapore, which has one leg missing, and you wake up near-paralysed after lying on a steel spring from the mattress all night) we got dressed and headed down to the buffet-style breakfast.  Crystal and I can both eat for England, and […]

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