Into Chiang Mai

Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
Trip End Mar 22, 2009

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Ahhhhhhhhhh we are spoiling ourselves in Chiang Mai.. We have booked ourselves into a 2 bed apartment for 7 days as a treat, it is so nice to have our own cooking facilities and on-suite room. I went to take a video of it for you all only to discover that my camera has broken and will not work, Helen's will not hold a charge so we are down to a phone for pictures which is not good!
  We will be getting a camera soon even though they are a little dearer here (the only thing that is) as we do not want to miss anything.
     I headed out to the night bazaar the night we got the apartment and found some copy dvd's for 100 Baht each (2) and negotiated 7 for 520 Baht as we also have a dvd player in the apartment, I also invested in some better outdoor trainers and I can now walk for miles. There are stalls upon stalls of people selling cheap games films and watches as well as clothes, many of them are copies and dirt cheap but the police etc do not seem to care.
            There is  lot of poverty around that we can see but hardly any beggars, everyone has something to sell and they seem to work around the clock, tourists we are told are at a premium these days and the country is feeling the pinch. My trainers were first offered to me for around 25 which I bartered down to 18 then by walking along the stalls and quoting that they had the same trainers down there for say 15 they then match or better the price - I ended up getting them for 10 (they would be around 60+ in the UK) we also bought 2 backpacks mine a big big one cos I'm strong and Helens and even bigger one cos she is stronger :) Nooooooooo hers is smaller but both good quality, we paid about 27 for those I can't inmagine the price at home.

      We are starting to think about coming home now what with it being so close, and with Helen recieving some upsetting news we are starting to miss the people a little more too, the job market does not look too bad for us with positions in Saudi and Europe (the sunny bits) appealing to us and even Oz has been mentioned but that can all wait a while............. We still have this to enjoy and we are off to a piano recital tonight and then I have a Thai cookery day on wednesday.................   
Pictures hopefully to follow..
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b3056 on

Extended travels
If Oz is on your Itinerary you must visit, we can't compete with Elephants or blisters but we have spectacular Barbies and beer and thongs (the kind that fit your feet!!!! The beaches are pretty good too. Qld Mooloolaba and Caloundra just north of Brisbane it's on the net!

j3ster on

Re: Extended travels
We will definetly head out that way at some point, I loved Perth when I went there and the beaches were amazing......... Hopefully see you soonish then :-)
It rained here last night! what is that all about.

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