North to Chiang Mai

Well with Koh Tao behind me i board the bus in Bangkok to for the 12hr drive, i’m the only wester on the bus and get a few strange looks but just smile and say sawadee karp, Movie – Steven Segal in thai… I’m going to sleep…
I get off the bus in Chiang Mai at 6:30 am and get a tuk tuk to my hostel, Deejai’s Backpackers, Rob checked me in straight away and gave me a great welcome… very little sleep so a quick nap needed then back up and out the door for a wander around Chiang Mai. Its a hot sunny day in the mountains… so that means humidity, but I have to have a look at this famous city, temples, flower markets, the old city moat and wall, all beautiful. Continue reading

I’ve Come From The Mountains

Roof Top Taxi

Another early alarm call today, have to be in town by 7, so breakfast even earlier at a cafe in town, coffee eggs bacon lets go…we load up into 2 vehicals for the jorney out towards Mae Hong Son River. At a more sedate pace than my last trip over the mountains i was able to have a good look at the surounding jungle as or bus wove its wave up, down, left and right over mountain passes. We arrive at a little shop on the side of the road and its down to one 4×4 taxi, not enough room inside truck or the back for all. Some how Jay and me struck gold and ended up on top of the truck for the 10km journey to the river, carefree on the main road, once we were off it the driver would toot the horn for any dangers…. We had trees and power lines inches from our faces… was a blast… Continue reading