Day 8

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Day 8 – October 31, 2007

After delivering our mopeds back amazingly in one piece we hopped in a van and headed back to Udon Thani to fly to Chiang Mai.  Chiang Mai is a much larger city than Nong Khai and as such it has all the big city features you would expect.  Good restaurants, lots of tuk tuk’s (taxis made from a motorbike with a covered platform attached to the back), bars, thai massage salons, as many dentist offices as you can fit in a 10 block radius and plenty of outdoor food stations to sell the requisite fried chicken heads and frog parts.  

We are staying in a great hotel call the Tri-Gong Residence (thank you Lonley Planet!!) with fast wi-fi which is making it the easiest (and cheapest) so far on this trip to be roaming nerds.  Astoundingly we are paying the outrageous amount of $20 per night to splurge on air conditioning and our own bathroom.  We have found a great little spot directly across from our hotel that has some of the best croissants and phad thai I’ve ever had.  They also have a highly skilled Jenga playing bartender, great music and we can see our hotel’s wi-fi hotspot from their comfy couches.  :)

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