The North to The South.
Chiang Rai Travel Blog› entry 12 of 105 › view all entries
October 4th, 2009 – by: louietravels
Woke at 6.10, up and out. On a rickerty rackerty local bus to Chiang Rai. It started at less than walking pace, slowly moved into a jog and eventually reached sprint. Once again, purely locals. Lots of young children travelling to school together. I think most people use private mini vans that are air-conditioned. While that's nice in its obvious ways, you learn & gain more from jumping on local transport. Stopping in all the villages and watching simple everyday events is lush and free! It was uncomfortable however but i slept. Transfer by tuktuk to the airport, bought a ticket for 40pounds to Bangkok, jumped on the plane & arrived there 75minutes later. Insanely efficient and quick service. Taxi to the groups hotel, met a guide called Coco whose face is constantly stretched into a huge smile. Sleeper train to Surat Thanin. Was such a basic train, with a few fans and it was HOT. Popped into internet cafe before the train departed. Spoke to two english blokes who are also going to catch an overnight train but not tonight because there is no first class available. On the train we bought a Singha beer from our seats. Such a satisfying drink, just calling a Thai bloke over who handed us two ice cold beers through our window. Treated ourselves and bought another beer. That coupled with the night air blowing through our windows provided such a relief. It was full moon, the sky was lit up and beautiful. Passing through slums, past street markets, sparkling skyscrapers and over glimmering rivers. An awesome sweaty uncomfortable journey.
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