Songthaews, Trains and Motorcycles

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Just to prove I was there...

Hmm, well lets see, I guess I haven't updated since I got back from Pai have I? So here's what I've been up to....

I spent about 2 days in Pai staying in my little hut, as you can see in my last post. I was with Mark, Lorna and Kylie who I'd met before at the Green Tulip so was cool to catch up with them. They'd been there for about a week but god knows what they'd been up to because there was nothing to do! Just lie in a hammock and appreciate the scenery I guess....or get a pedicure as I found myself doing on my second day. Your feet get so mucky here wearing flip flops all the time! So I now have lovely silvery toenails and perfect cuticles :) We went to this big bar called Ting Tongs both nights I was there. There's weren't many people about but it was outside and they had a bonfire so that was cool.

Then on our last night we bought chinese fire lanterns, which you burn the bottom of until they fill with hot air, then they float off prettily into the night sky.

Fly my pretty, fly!
Photo's to come.... So anyway, I'm back in Chiang Mai after another crazy windy bus journey and I'm back at the Green Tulip. It's like arriving home now! Didn't sleep well last night because I had a crazy nightmare so I've been on the iced coffees all day today. So first thing this morning I hopped into a Songthaew (red bus/taxi type thing) and headed to the train station. Took me a while what with the traffic and accidentally getting off at the bus station (damn Thai signs!). But I got there eventually to find every train to Ayutthaya is booked up for tomorrow, so I'm stuck here till monday night when I'll be getting the overnight train.
Oh well! Another day of coffee, food and massage, what a pity!

After that I was feeling fairly adventurous so decided to skip the traffic by taking a motorcycle taxi. This middle aged lady pitched up on her scooter so off we went! We zipped in and out of traffic for the next half hour, me clinging to her with one hand and to the pylion with the other. It was rather fun actually. She dropped me off near the Flower Festival parade, which is the reason I'm still in Chiang Mai, and I took plenty of photos of that. After I'd seen plenty of flowers I grabbed some random Thai food (you know, barbecued squid on a stick, that sort of thing) and sat myself down in the park where the festival was centred. Then I treated myself to a foot massage. Not bad for one morning I thought!

Have compensated this afternoon by doing absolutely nothing except spending a good two hours on Skype and eating a mussaman curry.

Nick said I was going to lose weight on this trip but there's not a chance, the food is far too scrummy! Anyway, while I was in Pai I got chatting to an Indian guy called Mishari who recommended I go to Kaengkrachen national park, south of Kanchanaburi rather than Khao Yai and it makes alot more sense with the route I'm doing so I've taken his advice. Bring on the gibbons!

Anyhoo, running out of internet minutes, which are costing me the princely sum of 20p an hour, plus I've been here for 3! So au revoir mes amis x

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Just to prove I was there...
Just to prove I was there...
Fly my pretty, fly!
Fly my pretty, fly!
Mark, Lorna, me, Kylie and Mishari.
Mark, Lorna, me, Kylie and Mishari.
The Chai Niz guests enjoy a BBQ
The Chai Niz guests enjoy a BBQ
Chiang Mai
photo by: Stevie_Wes