Update on the past few days

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

So after waiting in the airport for 12 hours we boarded our plane just to sit on the tarmac for another 3 hours because of the weather and to wait for the de-icer; what fun! The pilots were able to make up an hour in flight so we were two hours late arriving. This meant we were too late to catch the night train to Chiang Mai and it was dark and we had no place to stay. It took us about an hour and a half to get our barings and find a place to stay with a travel info desk...we definately overpaid! Being our first night though we just didn't care.
The next morning (after not much sleep) we got up feeling shaky, tired, hungry, etc. Having breakfast seemed to stop the shaking at least. Then we took a car back to the airport to catch the bus to the train station. When we got of the bus at th station a girl came in and got us and took us to her travel agency where we booked our train ticket and a place to stay for the first couple nights in Chiang Mai...with a pickup and breakfast (or so we were told).
That was around noon and we had to wait till 7:30pm for our train so we thought we'd walk around a bit and do some sight seeing....except we were too chicken shit to catch a cab or tuk tuk or venture very far away from the station. We went and saw a temple nearby and had some awesome spring rolls and noodles for lunch at a little chinese restaurant then we were bored and our feet were sore so we thought we would go back to the station to find our platform and wander there...we still had almost 5 hours to wait!
Once we got on the train it was so much more than we were expecting. The bunks were a lot bigger and comfier than we thought they would be and we fell asleep right away. Although it was a 14 hour ride we definately enjoyed the train...including listening in on the nerdy chinese american boys next to us (we got their numbers for you Seto, don't worry! haha).
After arriving and walking around to find the person who was suppose to pick us up we realized they weren't there. We tried calling and had two Thai guys pay for the call and even talk to them for us...turns out they weren't coming! So we took a tuk tuk to the place just to find out we also didn't get breakfast like we were told (not sure they even cook food there).
After unpacking and watchig a bit of tv (hiding in our room) to calm our nerves we decided to venture out into the tiny alleyways surrounding us for some food. After eating we ended up in a Tourist Information agnecy to just look into a trek for a couple days...we ended up booking our entire month of December!
We realized along the way that December is very busy in Thailand, especially on the islands, and going there for x-mas would be crazy expensive and difficult to get there without booking ahead....hopefully it was the right choice because it will cost us a bit more than we budgeted for! (Two days in and we're already over-spending, we'll get the hang of it sometime!)
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