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Chiang Mai, & on to Chiang Saen, Thailand

Written on: Monday March 7th, 2011

A journal entry from: S/E ASIA March, 2011

After our long train ride, which eventually ended up 90 minutes late, we got settled in a very comfortable hotel and went out walking around the old, walled city and found a family restaurant where we'd had a wonderful jammin'music-night with some great Thai musicians in 2007. And, fortunately, some of those same people were there this evening and we joined the family for a great party night. A nice start to our return to Chiang Mai. Over the next couple of days we explored more of the old city's Wats and narrow, winding streets, and we also rented a scooter for a day (for about $5) and rode up the mountain to the famous Wat Phra That Doi Suthep overlooking the city. We then proceeded on to the Royal Winter Palace and toured the amazingly landscaped, floral gardens. Descending the mountain we stopped to cool off at some waterfalls, and then drove way out to the MaiSa Elephant Camp where we arrive too late for the "show" & elephant riding, we still were able to watch as all the elephants and their mahouts came in at the end of the day and took off their harnesses, fed, hosed down. Later that evening we went out the the "Sunday Walking Market" in which a large section of main streets of the old city is closed to traffic and every kind of arts, hill-tribe crafts, and food can be found. It had been a busy day, and we were ready for the next day's bus-travel which took us north-east to Chiang Rai, and continued right on to the Mekong River-side town of Chiang Saen. It's a smaller city and so-o-o good to be back on the Mekong.

 

From Renee on Mar 11th, 2011

So great that you re-connected with people you saw in 2007! Sounds like an amazing trip so far, wish I could be there with you but it's great to follow along! xxoo Safe travels!

From Donna on Mar 12th, 2011

Hey Deb and Ben, You look so happy and in your element. I see you got my parcel Deb. Glad to see you enjoying it! That is so great that you got into music right away and to run into folks you knew...how cosmopoliton!! Carry on you two - it is only too sweet. We are watching you here in Brownsville. ps The skiing is still fabulous