Born Again in Chang Mai!
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October 5th, 2007 – by: Vagabondatheart
The âwindâ that put the impetus back in the sail was found again in Northern Thailand at a place called Chang Mai. Situated hours away by flight from crazy Bangkok and the overrun paradise lost beaches of Phuket and Phi Phi islands of the South, Chang Mai offered a slower pace, friendlier locals, and a laid back life style without sacrificing vibrant Thai life that is promised in the travel brochures.
Departing with eight other Germans on our three-day trek with our guide Charan or âJimmyâ, a Bruce Lee reincarnated, it was a great feeling to step off into the lush dense woods. We stopped 10 minutes into the hike to lather up with mosquito repellent and continued to our first mountain village huts. Over the next three days and two nights spent in the mountains we:
â˘ Showered underneath a cascading waterfall.
â˘ Fought off blood sucking leeches and sprayed them to submission with Deet (it worked like a charm Kevin!).
â˘ Wondered if any of us will succumb to Malaria or Dengue fever from the numerous blood-sucking mosquitoes we endured.
â˘ Rode an elephant and got chased around by a three-year-old baby elephant.
â˘ Rafted down a river on a bamboo raft in the rain...exhilarating!
â˘ Played with mountain village children and shared small gifts we brought along.
â˘ Ate the most unusual uneatable looking fruits.
â˘ Seen the biggest cockroaches, spiders, and butterflies in my life.
â˘ Mein Deutsch ist besser; dieses geschieht, Wenn Sie das einzige nicht Deutsche sind.
One day youâre slipping and falling in the rain soaked soil. The next day your ass is being pricked apart by the rough hair on the elephantâs head youâre sitting on, as it playfully slaps its ears on your legs.
And exactly how do you top the experience in the wild jungle of Thailand? You don an apron and take a Thai cooking course with the new German alliance! First stop is at the market to learn about the variety of nomenclatures of vegetables, spices, fruits, mushrooms and.
It was possibly one of the most relaxing and satisfying classes Iâve taken and hope to pick up more cooking classes back home. I understand my next destination, Laos, has their own twist and specialty to the SE Asia cooking. Might throw in another $12 into the trade.
Reinvigorated and ready to move on, sort of, Iâll be flying to Luang Prabang (you can really have some fun with SE words: Phuket...need I say more?) in Northern Laos to walk the temple (wat) lined streets of the World Heritage listed city then follow the Mekong River down to the capital Vientiane. To say Iâm going to miss Chang Mai with its friendly inhabitants, the Sunday market, its lush forest, night market, food, etc. is an understatement. List Chang Mai down for a place to return in the journal and stay at the Chang Mai Garden Guest House for $10 per night and practice your German with the friendly owner who spent three years in Gainesville Florida while her husband got his PhD in Agriculture at U of Florida and youâll have more insight to comparative culture of Europeans, Americans, and Thais. Cured of âTravelerâs Wallâ and pressing on to Laos. Phop kan mai...see you later in Laos!
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