Friday 30 September 2011

Chiang Mai

We spend 3 days in Chaing Mai, playing with the tigers, renting bikes, riding on elephants, eating A LOT of good food, and generally enjoying the laid back vibe. After arriving in Bangkok, from Cambodia (and changing buses about 4 different times) we headed straight to the bus station for our overnight ride to Chaing Mai. The bus we got there was quite nice. After quickly stuffing our faces with KFC (not knowing there was food on the bus), we were then given a rice and vegetable meal, snack box and 2 drinks... The bus was pretty comfy except for it being REALLY cold and the air-con dripping on me in the middle of the night. On the way back from Chaing Mai we got the cheapest bus back, it wasn't comfy, gave us no food and unbeknownst to us the men were in the boot going through our bags. Althought mine and Fontaine had a built in lock they picked it (in the process breaking mine) and my (stupidly) hidden $100 was stolen. Obviously I shouldn't have left the money in there, but I was relying on the lock. You live and learn I suppose...

This is the name of the temple above

Local food market
Local Healthy restaurant
Adaptable Asians
Ronald gets into the spirit of Thailand
When we were in Chaing Mai was booked a day tour to ride on elephants. It also included White water rafting (brilliant!), an orchid and butterfly park (crap), and a walk through the forest to see a waterfall. It should also have had bamboo rafting, but it was too wet for that so they let us have a go on the zip lines, which to be honest was much better than rafting anyway! The only pictures I have of this day were taken on my throwaway camera, and the outcome is far less of a success than the mudfest 'old school' photos. Here are the best of a bad bunch...

rickety bridge
On the rickety bridge over to the elephants
eating some more
That's Fontaine there in the orange.

Fonty on the elephant
Elmer the elephant
Orchids. Do not pick.

Rubbish butterfly farm

Getting all arty with my camera

Our 'hike' though the jungle brought us here
Fancy some chips...?
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