Chiang Mai

Trip Start Jul 29, 2008
Trip End Aug 30, 2008

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

We took the night train to Chiang Mai two days ago which was lovely. I definitely recommend it to anyone. A 14 hour train ride with your own bed is cushy compared to a 12 hour stinky bus ride. Chiiang Mai is a pretty college town. It has the same number of wats (temples) as Bangkok but in a very condensed area. We've visited quite a few and even got to talk with a young monk in a "monk chat" who was practicing his English. The night market was fairly expensive but the Saturday market was amazing. Tons of beautiful teak stuff and artwork and beautiful fabric. The Sunday market is supposed to be an even better deal. I am leaving tomorrow (monday) to go to Laos and have to figure out how to send a box home first.

I really really wanted to go to Laos and it's been on my list for a bit but I really wasn't planning on going this trip but . . . it's so close. Rachel leaves on the night train tonight for Bangkok and I am a little nervous and really excited to be traveling by myself. I've never traveled by myself, and I don't think the U.S. counts, so it's probably about time. I was feeling really nervous until I talked to this French girl who hasn't been home in two years and is spending 6 months in Asia alone. And after that I booked my slow boat down the Mekong river  to the middle of Laos. By deciding to go to Laos I am not going to be able to see everything I wanted to see in Thailand. I am a little sad that I won't be able to see the temple ruins in Sukothai but I don't have enough time. I'm hoping that I'm able to travel fairly easily through Laos but I do know that busses only travel in the day time to avoid robbers. Thats good, but then an 8 hour bus ride is a whole day whereas night busses and trains in Thailand are great, its saves a night in a guesthouse and your there for the day. It's going to be tight but I have 10 days to get down the Mekong to Luang Prabang. Then a 10 hr bus ride south to Vang Vieng, then another 8 hours South to Ventiane, and I can walk across the border to Nong Khai, then hop a train to Bangkok. If I have enough time maybe see Ayuthaya, an hour away from Bangkok. I am a little nervous about traveling to Laos by myself, but go big or go home right? And I'd be really upset at myself if I didn't.

I should mention that Rachel and I went to a Thai cooking class so in theory I should be able to make pad thai when I get back . . . in theory. The class also included a tour a market which was great but I recognized only a few things so yeah. . .

I miss everyone and I don't know how expensive internet will be in Laos so I will get in touch when I can.
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akopec1 on

Look at you and your badd traveling self. Glad to hear you are seeing a ton of stuff, and Laos should be awesome. You'd totally regret it if you didn't go. Be careful, as I'm sure you always are with your hot blond booty, but have a great time. I'll be waiting for some home cooked pad thai when you return. Any more wierd eating stories? Dont forget to take tons of pix for me, even if you can't email 'em, I wana see them when you return. MISS YOU TONS ANNIE
love , me

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