Trip Start Feb 07, 2008
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Chiang Mai is a cosmopolitan city with many western brands on the high streets such as Macdonald's and Burger King. Obviously it had been a long time since Christmas morning in Vietnam at KFC so i treated myself to a super size McChicken sandwich meal that cost me £1.50 and has resulted in numerous visits (absolute bargain compared to about £4/5 in UK). Scott Wallace would be so jealous.
At night Chiang Mai transforms into bustling city of nights markets, pubs, clubs, Go Go bars (you know the ones i mean)
During the week many fights are advertised for Muay Thai boxing fights, promising a bloody battle of professional fighters above the 65kg weight class. So Roger and I booked tickets (£10) to see the big Friday night fight. Arriving at boxing club morale was high, looking forward to bloody and aggressive fight. The area was like a cattle mart show ring with raised viewing benches and ringside seats that comprised of plastic chairs. The fight program was distributed displaying names and weight classes of the fighter, only to find out we had been robbed as most of the fights involved young fighter weighting in at 40 to 65 Kgs (approx 15-17 yrs). We were heart broken to say the least. Nevertheless we stayed to get our moneys worth.
Chiang Mai has a small privately owned insect museum comprising of 426 mosquito species, bettles, butterflies, and giant wasps. The musuem was an interesting experiance and the owner showed me round and explained the exhibits. He even breeds mosquitos and feeds them by inserting his hand into their sealed cage and lets them feed on his blood in order for to reproduce. Mr Wanop has collected his species over the last 50 years and has been employed by many well known museums world wide do to his expertise.
During my stay in Chiang Mai I enlisted the expertease of Mr Miyagi and his assistant for one day. Although it had nothing to do with martial arts. You will just have to wait and see?