Last few days in Thailand
Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
92Trip End Apr 22, 2011
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Arrived in Chiang Rai after an comfortable bus ride on a VIP coach, free water and crisps, the in flight move was The Boat the Rocked but it was dubbed in Thai, still got the gist of what was happening.
We took a tuk tuk to our hostel which was in town and booked in to our very spacious room. Having dropped our luggage off we went out to explore the town. Chiang Rai is not big on the tourist map, there are very few reasons to come here, the only reason is that it is near the border towns for Laos and China and therefore gets a few visitors who change buses here and stay for one or two nights. We as always have to stay somewhere that little bit longer, we had planned to stay for two nights and a one in the town of Chiang Khong but we both had a dodgy meal the first night in Chiang Rai and were confined to bed for a day so stayed the extra day as we didn't fancy doing a bus trip until we knew we felt better.
Having been poorly and spent the second day in bed watching films on our iPod, we didn't have too greater impression of Chiang Rai, but our third day we both woke up feeling better and spent the day exploring and doing the sights. It is a market town and one of the best I have been to. Not just for the quality or size of it but for the look and feel of it. Let me explain. We walked round the locals market first, this sold anything from fresh crabs to cabbage. There is a huge indoor market area with hundreds of stalls, but outside in the streets, that’s where the sights and sound are. The street were lined with women all selling fruit and veg, chillies, onions, limes, potatoes, you name it. It all looked really fresh and made you want to buy it, and then go home and cook a Sunday dinner.
The evening bazaar again was really well set out, lots of street stalls that surrounded a huge food hall with tables set out in the middle and a stage at one end showing Thai Dancing. The other end of the market was another area with a stage that played live music (Beatles songs when we went past) and this was the bar area. It was a lovely market and very colourful. Gary had broken the clasp on his necklace, his lucky piece of NZ green stone which my Mum and Dad had given him, anyway we found a stall in the market that sold leather ones without pendants. The girl on the stall made him a new one with a silver clasp.....she even fitted it on him.
The meeting point in the town is the clock tower, it is on a round-about in the centre of town and is very golden and sparkly. As we walked back to our hostel we noticed a lot of people gathering around the clock holding cameras. Then all the street lights went out and the clock struck 9pm. It then started flashing different colours and the national anthem started up. It was a nice ending to great day.
This will be our final night in Thailand, our visa runs out tomorrow and we are heading over the border to Laos. We have taken our three months in Thailand up to the last few hours and have loved every minute of it.
Ten memorable times in Thailand
Diving in Phi Phi
Eating Chicken Schnitzels in Pai
Elephant riding in Chiang Mai
Meeting up with Vinod, James and Lucy in Koh Samui
Riding the Sky Train in Bangkok
Pub crawl Xmas Eve
Our colonial room over the massage parlour in Trang
Food Hawkers on the train to Chumphon
Li-lo in the crystal clear waters of Koh Tao
Cheap Sangsom on the roof top bar with Sam and Talal in Chiang Mai