Long Live the King!

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
Trip End Aug 10, 2010

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Monday, December 14, 2009

One thing about Thailand is that you see the King’s photo everywhere.  I was told that if you even make a rude comment or tell a joke about the King, you can get arrested.  All through the towns and villages, you saw the Thailand flag along with a yellow flag representing the King.  He celebrated his 82nd birthday on December 5th.  You can't travel far without seeing a photo or a shrine with the King and sometimes the Queen decorated with flowers and gold pots along side the road.

After spending two wonderful weeks volunteering, it was time for us to head to Chiang Mai.  We wished we would have stayed longer as we really enjoyed our time with the hill tribes.    The only thing we wouldn’t miss was eating rice.  We had rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Most of the volunteers were young college students and some were very arrogant and childish.  Nik got picked on my two guys who were real jerks and you could tell that they didn’t know the value of their trip as their parents paid for everything.

Times have certainly changed from when I backpacked over 20 years ago.  Most of the evenings, everyone was in front of the computers and checking their email or on face book.  It was actually kind of sad because no one was socializing.  Technology is good to a point when you are traveling but it overtook their entire travel experience.

Back in days, I can remember arriving in a town and being met by persons renting out their rooms or working for a hostel.  Now you have to either email ahead to the good and cheap places to stay if you want to get a good place to stay.

I have really tried to not plan too much beforehand and it always seems to work out ok.  We did book our bungalow for Ko Phi Phi as we will be there over Christmas but other than that, we are just going with the flow.

So far, everything has been super easy with the traveling and the places we have stayed.  I have noticed that I could actually get rid of more stuff in my tiny pack that I never used.  I also realized that I brought way too many toiletries, its much better to buy them along the way as its so cheap. 

It was are last are last day and it was sad to leave and I had wished that we had stayed longer.   We were making bricks for the wall.  It was so funny because I had to pull down a lever for the brick mold and I tried using all my body weight but it still wouldn't budge and I am just hanging there trying to get it down and every body is laughing at me,   But in one day, we made 80 bricks, which is a lot.

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