Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So to continue from last post, we took a long tail boat on the river to the elephant visitor place. The elephant ride Dean & i took was for 30 mins in the little village outside of Chaing Rai, it was okay great scenary different to ride an elephant as you feel all the muscles move. Dean sat as the driver and he felt the scratchy hair on his legs the entire ride. 30 mins was enough of a ride and we paid 400baht which works out to about 12.50CAN. From there we took Jeep up to the hilltribe villages. Got to see how they lived. We slept overnight at the Akha village about 3:00pm, we had a deck type area to chill out at, while the father made tea and coffee for us. We spent the night up on the deck most the time, Noi our guide mentioned we could walk around but we didn't do too much that night. The sun went down about 5:00pm. We had an awesome supper of rice, soup, pork.
As we arrived on a night before a celebration, everyone had firecrackers. Mostly the ones that made noises. All the kids and adults seemed to look for a place to make it sound the best. The firecrackers are meant to scare of spirits.
We slept in the area of the deck, i dislike sleeping on a mattress on a hardfloor. I had to do yoga in the morning for my body not to hurt. The rosters started their
called about 6 and seemed to keep making noise until 9. In the morning, after breakfast we went for ahike up the mountain to see the plantations. Coffee, Tomatoes, all sorts of vegetation. Our guide Noi, had a friend of his take us up for the hike and OMG, i should have gotten into better shape. The uphill was killer and this cold is still hanging on so i can't seem to breath good yet. I thought the going up part was hard but the going down was almost worse cause my hamstring felt like i pulled it. We had lunch and then hiked up to the waterfall. That was about a 1 mile uphill and that was not as tough but i still needed some breaks. The waterfall was beautiful. It was so nice, would have been nice to go down to the bottom but the mist would have completely drenched our clothes. We still had to visit the white temple at the end of the trek. Man it was beautiful. It was different as the mural on the inside of the temple was pop art. It was to represent all the current temptations that we need to resist to reach enlightenment. Wish i could have taken pics but not allowed inside a temple/wot. I have a brochure that will show more detail. They had the twin towers with a snake coiling itself around them. Star Wars figures like Jabba the Hut, The Matrix, cellphone, watches, and other things. We got to the temple at about 5:00 and it was a cloudy day and Dean got some good shots. As i needed an immediate toilet when we got out of the jeep i didn't have time to grab my camera or more time to take better pics of the temple. Hoping the pictures do it justice. i purchases some amazing pics from the gallery. Got back to guesthouse about 5 and it was so nice to have a long shower as i felt so hot and dirty.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Tommorrow we are off to do some trekking in the Chaing Rai, we will be taking a jeep and travelling to hot springs, elephant ride, visiting 4 different tribes, sleeping in the Karen tribe overnight and next day going to another Tribe and waterfall. I'm charging the camera as we speak, think i missed out on some pics.
THe guest house we are staying
well my internet time is up to update this at a later date.
Love ya all.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
i enjoyed Wat pho much more, less people, got to see the reclining buddha. lots of little structures. The temples are amazing and wish you could take pics but i understand why you can't.
Right now we are in the lobby of the hotel we stayed at. It's 9pm and we are killing time to hit the train to Chaing Mai - the train ride will end at 12 noon tomorrow. We have little cots to sleep on. When we get into Chaing Mai, we will decide if Chaing Rai or Pai will be our next destination. Dean and Rachel need to get into the country and i agree, bangkok is busy and i don't feel the culture i see lots of backpackers and tourists but noone is bothered to talk and chat with you.
Well time to get going to the train now. See ya all soon.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Dean tells me it's my day....a day that i call the shots of what to do. Well the shopping list is huge, Mom your purse is too small, i can't hold everything i want. I need a dress/saragon cause i want out of these shorts already and it's not even 11:30am yet.
We are staying on Khao San Road which is a hum of vendors...i thought it was busy last night i was wrong there are so many people, so many smells, can't walk a block with a new smell, food vendors, cd vendors, lots of bank atm's, taxi's and tuk tuks.
Constant people asking to take you somewhere or to give you a piece of paper/advertisement.
So today i think, we are going for a massage, trying to get my shopping list done and whatever else hits our fancy.
Sunday night we start our train journey to Chaing Mai.
Well that's it for now, post later.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
OMG, can't believe it, one more full day till i leave on a jetplane. I'm nervous but excited. Feel like my to do list is a mile long but it's really not. I took the rainjacket that i decided on, to the roughriders game on Sunday and it rained so i needed to use it but i couldn't zip it up. Upon examination the zipper is worn out and i can't zip it and to get it fixed is not worth the jacket and i don't have enough time. so i'm taking the blue rain poncho plus a dollarstore poncho with a carrying case. Thanks Jay, wonder how it will work. Oh my, cause of the anxiety i am having a constant headache now since this afternoon. It did subside for a while but it's creeping in again. Time to cross more of the to-do list cause i don't have much time left and then the headache should lessen too.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tested my backpacks yesterday to decide if i had enough room to carry all my stuff and which one to take the blue one or the black one, i've decided to take the black melaluca bag and get a new bigger one in Bangkok.
I have some more research to do. As i'm in Seoul for 9 hour layover i figure maybe i should leave the airport and sight-see. So far haven't found any info, but my researching was a bit sketchy as i was internet surfing also and decided to print out the map to the Incheon Int'l Airport.
Oh is that rain i hear outside i might be testing my rainjackets tonight
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
D-16 days, so starts the countdown to my flight to Bangkok. I am going to be visiting my brother Dean in Asia. I am going for a full month. Dean, Rachel and I will be travelling together to explore Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia.
I will be arriving in Bangkok on September 24 at 11:00pm, Dean and Rachel will be meeting me at the airport. Dean wants to see my face when I first see Bangkok and experience the intense, sweaty heat. We will be shopping for some essentials and visit with Rob and his girlfriend. Rob is Dean's friend, they met 24 years ago as they went to school together, played hockey together, etc. I babysat Rob and his brothers and sisters a couple times. My mom worked for Rob's Lawyer dad (he's now a Judge), for 11 years in Prince Albert. So we generally knew the family really well back in our PA days. Rob has been living in Asia for about 3 or 4 years now. He recently bought a place and Dean tells me he is teaching English in Bangkok. I know he has some stories and probably knows the places we should visit while we stay in Bangkok. I think the plan is to stay in Bangkok for 3-4 days, Rachel and Dean are starting the itinerary with timeframe so they can start booking flights.
I know in our stay we will be going to the famous backpackers haven of Th Khao San Road for some food and beer and maybe a place to lay our head.
This starts the blogging experience, I will continue to update this blog every 2 or 3 days till I leave. If I get internet access I will update on this blog or fb. I will be keeping a paper journal so I remember all the names, places and things we do and so I can update everyone on the journey.