Just Passing Through!

Trip Start Jan 11, 2012
Trip End Jun 17, 2012

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok - taking a whole 55mins in the air! Even got fed and managed a quick nap! :) Bit of a bizarre set-up to reach Hua Lampong train station - took a train and then walked (fully loaded in roasting smog) up and down random pavements and across train lines to seek out the subway - eventually made it to the station. Caught my overnight train to Chiang Mai. Very interesting watching the Thai lady set-up all the bunk beds on our carriage - she reminded me of a well-built Russian - not the typical Thai frame! I have to say I've never felt so cold on any public transport in my life! I suppose the A/C blasting keeps any foot/BO smells to their lowest!

Woke up with the sun just creeping over the mountains in the north of Thailand - beautiful scene. Entered Chiang Mai just 2.5hrs later than expected! 
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Graziella on

Hi Jocelyn, you will like Chiang Mai! It's so pretty. If massages are your thing, make sure you get plenty there because there are cheaper than Bangkok or Ku samui or other islands. Chris and I loved the food in Chiang Mai ... once we experience a traditional Thai charcoal steamboat ... called something like ... kata. Food Buffet which you then cook at your table. It's cheap and gorgeous expereince. Mind you if you go for it, you make sure you do not leave anything on your table, otherwise they will charge you double. You must take the town bus, it's fun! If you go for white water raffle, then make sure you take with you some change of clothes because the guide will make sure you get wet. I am enjoying reading your blogs. Have fun in Chiang Mai. ciao

joannej on

Hiya Jos!

Loving the blog, it's a wonderful reminder of my own travels a year ago! Remember just how hectic HCMC was with all the mopeds and also no pavements to walk on - crossing the road is fun, slow and steady don't stop or run and the scooters anticipate your moves!

Also reminded of my own overnight train journey to Chaing Mai and how the guard in the carriage got the beds ready, it was fascinating! Trains into Chaing Mai are always late! Just when you think you're doing good time, the train slows down and rattles along at a sleepy pace. I wasn't cold but do remember that Jennifer was.

We did a cooking course at CM and stayed at a hostel within the city walls, it was a nice place to walk around. Just beware locals telling you places are closed for a special Buddhist holiday!

Have fun and say hi to the elephants from me

Jo xxx
ps - very impressed with you eating snake and spider dishes in Vietnam! x

joannej on

Me again! Obviously it's been a while - I can't even spell Chiang Mai on my first entry!
Forgot to say that for us the rain started in CM and lasted 3/4 days - keeping fingers crossed it's not the same for you!

Jo x

caroline on

Hi Jos, sounds like so far so good. can't believe you were frozen on the thai train, a little unexpected i guess! glad you enjoyed the cycling trip, it didn't sound too hard-core so the training must have paid off and you could enjoy the scenery. did you really eat deep frid spider?! Good luck with the elephants.
c :-)

Jessica R on

Jos, it all sounds amazing! I'm quite jealous, it's snowy here so civilisation has pretty much ground to a halt! I didn't think you'd have your phone on you for me to text you a happy birthday, so thought i'd leave you a comment here. Have an amazing birthday, i'm sure it will be one to remember and i'll treat you to dinner when you get back and show me all your photos! x x

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