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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Written on: Wednesday November 15th, 2006

A journal entry from: Southeast Asia

Left the Treehouse on the far side of Koh Chang over the very bumpy and isolated road.  Made it to the ferry just as it was leaving for Trat.  A bus was leaving Trat for Bangkok and conveniently enough, an overnight train was leaving Bangkok for Chiang Mai.  After 24 hours of travelling we arrived in the very busy city of Chiang Mai.

 It has an energy and excitement to it that we enjoy.  You get to know your local neighbourhood and frequent the same little coffee shops and restaurants and start seeing the same people and talking to them.  That's when you start learning about where to go and what to do.  Like all Thai cities the night markets are amazing.  SO many people strolling the streets, vendors selling their wares and interesting, interesting people watching. You can buy anything from deep fried bamboo boring larvae or deep fried roaches to pigs heads and everything in between.  Culturally it is fascinating. Hill tribes people dressed traditionally selling hand woven goods, jewellers, clothing - you name it, it is there in abundance.