Chiang Mai

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Friday, August 10, 2012

It's Friday night and I'm watching eagles Geelong live in Chiang Mai. We had an interesting trip to the Burmese border on Wednesday to renew our visa's. Cost us 1200 baht ($40) for the minibus trip to Mae Sai and that took from 8am till 12.30 and we had an hour to get through Thai immigration and walk 50 metres to Myanmar post where we were photographed and paid $10USD each to enter then after a banana milkshake and turning down 50 enquiries ' do we want tuk tuk' we made our way back out of Burma and into Thailand with visa' s till the 22/8.
Driving habits here are similar to Vietnam though speeds are much faster. Unlike Australia there seems to be an invisible central overtaking lane marked often by a solid yellow line. The passing technique is to get as close as possible to the vehicle in front without quite touching and then squeeze past without hitting any oncoming traffic. Drivers are very skilful in doing this manoeuvre. They also have remarkable perception of knowing that there is nothing coming around the next bend allowing them to overtake in apparent safety. For those who suffer from stress easily I recommend the closed eyes method or hands over face technique to overcome anxiety. Continually looking out side windows is another recommended method.

Since then we have been swimming in the pool, in the gym, shopping( more looking than buying) dining in the market restaurants. Also watching Olympics though most of this is repeats.

We had some rain yesterday(10/8) and it is cloudy again but that is normal for here. We are planning a boat cruise on the Ping river for tomorrow.
Our last day in Chiang Mai and after a lazy morning at the resort we wandered down to the river and had a very pleasant 2 hour cruise upstream on the Ping river. We went about 8 kms and had fresh fruit refreshments at a local farmhouse - big pigs, ducks, chickens and a huge variety of plants in a large traditional style farmhouse - wood and thatch construction with stone floor. Very interesting. Sunday evening went out for dinner again but this was in the middle of a thunderstorm, a bit wet indeed. We dined in the local Israeli restaurant.
Monday has begun fine and we are off to the airport to fly Bangkok Air to Bangkok and taxi transfer to Pattaya for our last week in Thailand.
Next report from Pattaya.
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Gillian on

Enjoying reading about your adventures, looks like you having a wonderful time. Looking forward to following you on your journey x

melva & vince on

Thanks for your newsy update. It would be a bit scary driving over there! All well here - lots of rain - good for the gardens! Love Melva & vince xx

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