Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
Trip End Feb 14, 2007

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Thursday, March 2, 2006

We found out that Thailand was revolting - right outside our hotel window, and according to BBC World there will be a repeat of the anti government demonstrations this Sunday.
Ha - we have moved away, so the yellow bandanna that I got hold of with the red writing on ( difficult to know which way up to wear it) will have to wait for another day. I was warned NOT to wear it in Chang Mai as that is the heartland of the generally unpopular prime minister. Pity - it would have kept my folically challenged head somewhat less red.

So. we joined the explore tour and slept overnight on a sleeper train from Bangkok to Chang Mai. If only Richard Branson could call on so many staff - a loud speaker man who made the same speech with his loud hailer in each carriage - well I guess it was the same speech, who knows? - he got a round of applause in our carriage and then went through saying "sawadee kap" with a little bow to each and every paying guest.

Then there was (in no particular order) The ticket collector and his under study, the menu doler outer, the dinner/breakfast order taker and her understudy, the table putter upper and of course the bed puller downer that also doubled as the bed pusher upper next morning.

The train went a lot faster down hill ie 30 Mph instead of the normal 20 and even though our friend the karaoke carriage did not stop to past 2am we arrived nice and refreshed in Chang Mai at a very civilised 9 am

Now in Chang Rai - but feel that an elephant has trodden on me.
We did a bit of elephant riding but our elephant always wanted to take the short cut and I have ended up with chronic back ache. There are three doctors on out trip two Norwegian and an Anglophile living in wales. ( jury still out on that one) Funny to watch the three of then coming up with 2nd and third opinion on my treatment. I went for the ibuprofen but for good measure added the "herbal cure" recommended by out local tour guide from one of the tribes in northern Thailand - my what a pong!

Now it's the cripple leading the blind. Some talking point on the tour - I think they are beginning to realise that help is needed - so we are all hitting the Chang (beer) as that is definitely a cure all.

So what of the ladyboys? I hear the girls asking. It transpires that there are 3 million of them in Thailand and the girls on tour (led by Gill of course) insisted that we went to a show.
There was a moat between the stage and the seats so I agreed to join Gill in the front row. Half way the show a bridge appeared from nowhere and I was assaulted. Of course I should have adopted the Crocodile Dundee grope/check technique - but hindsight is a wonderful thing!

Luckily still can't get the camera upload working - so you won't see see how bad it really was!
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