Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 15, 2009

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Baam Pim, Chiang Mai
Riverline Guesthouse, Bangkok

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Well things didn't really go to plan with Pai - the day before we were due to leave, I woke up with a fever, aching body, headache and infected tonsils...turns out I had tonsillitis.  Nan, one of the lovely ladies at Banilah, was kind enough to take Matt out on her scooter, to a pharmacy to get me some drugs, whilst I laid in bed (feeling sorry for myself).  When they returned, she brought me some hot water to help sooth my throat - so kind.

I spent the following few days tucked up in bed, whilst Matt surfed the internet, watched Spurs (lose) and walked around generally bored - incredibly annoying this illness stuff!  We also had to move GH as we hadn't booked into Banilah long enough, as we were supposed to be in Pai!  So we stayed a few extra days instead, long enough for me to get better, and had to wave bye bye to Pai :o(  It just wasn't meant to be...

When I had started to recover, we decided to hire another scooter, 'Pop', for our last day in Chiang Mai so we could make up for lost time and visit sights we had planned to see.  Off we popped (on Pop) to Lake Huay Tung Thao (reccommended by Miss Plant) - we enjoyed a lovely afternoon, relaxing by the water in little wooden huts ordering food and drink.  We managed to find ourselves in the 'family' section, so there were lots of children playing in the water and families eating big, delicious homemade lunches together (we hoped to be invited to one, but it wasn't to be).  Later on we headed to a village, Bo Sang, where they make traditional oriental umbrellas - was quite lovely.

That evening, we were lucky to stumble upon some celebrations for the 3 day Lantern festival of the YeePeng month.  There was a big, colourful street parade of rather attractive Uni students, dressed in traditional Thai outfits, dancing and performing.  In the backround, hundreds of Kome Loy lanterns (mini hot air balloons), were being lit and 'set free' into the sky - it was really beautiful...lots of little fire lanterns floating into the night!! It was a great atmosphere, and we were really glad that we were in Chiang Mai to experience it.

The following day we left the fab northern city and headed back to Bangkok.  The bus was pretty good - reclining seats, air con, pillows, blankets...and 2 random stops by the police who checked all the Thai men's passports/I.D.s - not sure what that was about?!?  We headed back to our ol' faithful GH, the Riverline and received another warm welcome - "back again??"  After a snooze, we decided to hit Siam Square and visited the cinema to watch This Is It - it was rather good and had Matt and I dancing like MJ all the way home!

Tonight we have another overnight bus to Krabi....its time to bum around on the beach, at last!!  We are quite excited about island hopping, catching some rays and snorkelling in the big blue - we just hope that the weather is our friend and my immune system holds up!!
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kirstyandlouise on

travelpods changed and im confused!!! great photos though and glad you got to bagkok ok...wierd about the police stopping you though!!!! have fun on the beach!!!! :'( ha

addycrocky on

Matt you look so cool on the scooter! Love the photos - have a great couple of days chilling on the beach.

kathy on

so these are what you were both trying to show us while we were on the phone, great parade. Pete Andre don't suite you Matt, your much too cool for that. Good luck on the beach, get some rays too show you've been away to all these beautiful countries guys

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