I need a coool rider, a coooool rider...

Trip Start Oct 14, 2012
Trip End Mar 11, 2013

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Chiang Mai
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Thursday, October 25, 2012

So my first proper well day in yonks and we've got time to make up so we decide it's best to ditch our lovely bicycles in favour of something a bit speedier - cue the Honda 100cc scooter!

After some breakfast at our favourite local street food vendor 'funky monkey' we head on our first outing on the speed mobile....to the petrol station! What a mission - talk about baptism of fire for Benjamin..the one way system around Chiang mai is not for the faint hearted. The general rule is just GO GO GO and hope for the best. Scooters and motorcycles don't even look when pulling out of a junction- it's just expected that you move over and make room. The horn is used ridiculously frequently for toots ranging from 'just letting you know I'm here', to ' shift it bozo', or simply just 'hi'. And in a crazy, I-cant-breathe-I've-got-to-concentrate-so-hard way, it all seems to work and flow.

Anyway, our first outing was up a mountain to Wat Suthep - one of Thailand's most famous temples- in Doi suthep-pui national park. Again it took a while to find our bearings and we mistakenly ended up at two waterfalls before we found the amazing temple. Views were incredible, and so much gold everywhere you looked. The flowers surrounding it were also amazing - the most stunning orchids. Lovely. Hot. Random dancing children with heavy makeup. Wifi?! Monks. Noisy bells.

After a good walk about it was time to head back on our speed demon and head out of town to the Mae Sa valley. It felt like a really long journey to do on a scooter but I guess it only took us 45mins or so... We passed lots of the not-so-nice bits of tourism in Thailand - the Tiger kingdom where you can pet tigers, snake farms, and cock fighting. Eugh. Anyway once past the tour bus attractions we arrived at the Nam Tok Mae Sa - the Mae Sa waterfall. It was incredible! And had 10 viewing platforms at various points up the mountain. Unfortunately by this point it was already 3;50pm so we only had an hour until closing but we were determined to make it to each platform so it meant a very speedy uphill climb(my calves are still hurting 2 days on!). We arrived at the top knackered and dripping sweat but the dip in the ice cool water was worth it!

We then had a bit of a dash to make it back to chiang mai in the light, through rush-hour traffic -this was slightly hellish but Benj did an amazing job and we made it back in one piece. We rewarded ourselves for the busy day (with no lunch!) with the BEST take-away pizza -yummy! Pre-dinner snackette!

After a bit of recovery time we then headed out on our scooter to the night market again to try and get some more trousers for me. We were both a bit too knackered to handle the crowds though so had a bite to eat at one of the street food stalls (in between McDonalds and Burger King!) and then headed for bed....zzzzzzzz
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