Northern thailand, Chiangmai.
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February 3rd, 2007 – by: forevert2
Traveling date : 3-11 Feb 2007, 9 days traveled with co-worker.
Started my survey one month before the trip. Took me few days to do the research. I wanna have a wonderful n unforgettable holiday in chiangmai, which needs time to plan n organize. Apart of that, we do have a budget to work on. There were so many places to visit, with the amount of money we willing to spend... hahaha trust me, the most challenging job ever.
Anyway back to biz. On 3/2/07, woke up early, took a cab to the airport with my huge backpack, checked in, enjoyed my journey to chiangmai.
Walking down the street, It was humid n hot in the afternoon.
4-6 Feb 07 3D2N Trekking Tour.
At 8am, a song teow picked us from our guesthouse. There were few more travel buddies from US, France, Aus n Canada joining this group. Greetings going on... Hi, nice to meet u!! Hey, I am....bla bla bla
Along the journey we passing thru paddy field, houses ...,we stopped at the old temple which we had to climb few hundred steps before reaching the top. "For those haven't warm up their body, starts here...." said by Kikie, our trekking tour guide. "Walk slowly everyone, step by step," u'll see lots laughing faces crafted on rocks. Nice n scenic view from top. Did some prayer then moved on.
30mins later, we reached a village. "Everyone carry yr own bag, we need to walk at least 11/2 hours to reach the waterfall"... Kikhie shouted. Here we go, our 3D2N trekking began.
We continued walking approx. 1.5hour, was glad the journey filled with laughter n jokes. Then Karen hill tribe village appeared not far away down the hill. A group of kids, running towards us, welcome with a smile. Thier dirty decent looking face, hands fulled of handicrafts, "Buy from me pls, u buy this okay? Cheap, cheap.
The Karen from southern China, began to move into Thailand around the 17th century and occur in large numbers in the western part of Northern Thailand. They lived in basic, no electricity, no tv, no aircon, no proper school. Yet they lived in harmony n peacefully. Every household has thier own piece of land to grow wet-rice, rear chickens n boars. I bought stationary for the kids, cheer up the kids, makes them happy. Will bring more on my return trip next time.
Enjoyed the sunlight while the sun is stil out there, I took a quick shower before it turns dark, Matthew, Chirs, Bill n Bob were playing soceer with the locals. Kikie was preparing our dinner. The rest were resting, taking pictures, etc.
Our bunker made by bamboo, i could feel the wind blowing from below, cut thru my sleeping bag, transfered to my body... OMG!! It's so freaking cold. No way, how to get a peaceful sleep? Everyone was freezing, trust me, no one sleep well that nite... hahah!!! I kept looking at my watch, Gosh!!! Only 4am????
Koo ko koo ko!!! Great alarm clock! "Coffee is ready on the table, pls have yrself." After breakfast, we started our 2nd day journey. Kikie led us through a wonderful evergreen jungle landscape, through bamboo forests, lianas, rhododendrons and lots of other vegetation. Also there are lots of beautiful birds. Another waterfall ahead of us. We walked about 45 mins to another village, Meo hill-tribe.
3rd day morning, feeling sad, started packing, saying goodbye to the locals. I met a local, he's deaf, what impressed me the most, he written good english, self taugh. Salute!!
Dragging my heavy legs down the trail. A bit eshausted, after 2 days activities without sleep. Somehow, am glad we were heading home. "Hang on, we are not going home yet.... U guys wanna do Bamboo rafting and elephant ride?" My eyes sparked, Blink! Blink! Okay, now m not tired or sleepy, "Yes, I want, I want" raised my hand like a small kid... heheh!
The rafts are made of bamboo stems fit together with ropes.
Back to Chaingmai town, we were exhausted, i need a rest. As everyone agreed, we need to have at least one great dinner together at Uthopia before heading home. Checked out this restaurant/pub, it served great food n cheap beer.
7-9 Feb 07 Exploring Chiangmai town
Have a few more places to explore today, Wat Umong, Doi Suthep & Chiang Dao Cave. The cheapest way to cover all places, hire a Song Teow for one day.
After Wat Umong, we went to Doi Suthep. Walked up the steps, paid the entrance fee, bought some flowers, and i started my prayer. It's a wonderful feeling standing on top of the temple admiring the fantastic paranoma scenic view, enjoyed the breezes.
Ooppss! A little hungry, time to find some great food. Saw a tri-motorcycle selling some interest local authentic food. It looks like german sausage, but the ingredient are different. It has minced pork with sticky rice, stuffed in pig intestine. Yeah, it sounds gross but tastes good. That's the lovely part of traveling. Otherwise it defeats the purpose....
Our last destination, Chiang Dao cave is a charming cave located in Amphoe Chiang Dao. It is situated 72 kilometres north from Chiang Mai town. Chiang Dao Cave features beautiful crystal formations which, have formed through dripping water.
My last day in chaingmai, we decided to walk around the town. We went to Nimmanhaemin a slightly more premium place for shopping or coffee, where you can find all kind of boutiques surrounding that area, selling local handicrafts. On our way back, we met a buddhist monk, he told us tat we should visit his monestery, Wat Suan Dok, another old temple provided education for the locals.
Chiangmai square has 5 gates to enter from each side. We walked soi by soi in the square itself, it has so many Wat surrounding it. All with different architect. Smell something nice from far... OMG!! My favourite food.... Satay!!! Grilled BBQ pork stick like kebab. Aroi !! I ate 10 sticks. Those wanna have nice burger, try out Mike's burger opposite Tha phea gate. Worth it. As for me, i always look for phad thai , tom yam sup n mango sticky rice. All time favourite...M droooooling now... haha!
The whole day we've been walking, eating, sightseeings, keep repeating the same routine.
Wow!!! It was fun, refreshing and exicting to recall what i did in chiangmai, such an enjoyable trip that i never forget, especially the people, the food and the smiles :P
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