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The return to Thailand

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… this time it was the north – what I always heard that it is worth the most, if you are into talking to real people. In the south of Thailand it seemed it was all for the money 😉 We did not have many days though and so we decided (after a lot of thought I have to say) to go for Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and around and after visiting the Golden Triangle enter Laos from its northern and most popular amongst travelers, border.

Muay Thai in Chiang Mai

Muay Thai in Chiang Mai

Many things are said about Chiang Mai but as always I held my expectations not so high. It’s a good trick because you don’t get disappointed! I have to say this though; Chiang Mai was the place that I was proved wrong about the Thais. I do not know if it is a thing of the north but the people there were really friendly and answered your questions free of charge 😉 Being a place of considerable historical significance and a heaven for the expats, I was surprised to see it almost deserted. We had a nice time wandering around the temples and eating the food of the north. Oh yeah… there I also witnessed my first Muay Thai boxing fight. very violent and very, very spectacular.

From there to Thaton; a very nice village was a four-hour ride. As a base to explore a bit more of the north we rent a bike and we went to Mae Salong (an even better one) and around – my favorite place of Thailand. Getting close to Ban Klang it started raining so much that we had to leave the bike in the middle of a muddy road – we couldn’t even walk up ourselves and we started looking for shelter. We finally found a monk living by himself in a meditation retreat and spent the night with him. Beautiful experience  and I will always remember him! From there it was off to the Golden Triangle.

Glimpse of Burma

Glimpse of Burma

We rent a bike for two day and follow the road to Mae Sai. Passing through the mountainous region of Doi Tung it was one the most beautiful of journeys. On the top we could see the all-green , all-lush mountains of Burma. The checkpoint before Mae Sai was something out of a Indiana Jones movie (you know the part that Indy and his dad pass the borders from East to West Berlin?). After staying one night in Mae Sai in a beautiful home stay (Chad House) we visit the Hall of Opium, Sop Ruak (the actual center of the Triangle) and Chiang Saen. It was then back to Chiang Rai and to the border of Laos (Chiang Kong). The north definitely made me want to go back to Thailand some time…


Written by csm2mk

October 8, 2009 at 3:26 AM

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  1. Hola Mateo,

    Tu no me conoces pero un amigo y compañero de trabajo(Aitor) que conocistes en Vietnam el pasado mes de agosto (te acuerdas? Íba con su novia, Èlia) me ha pasado tu contacto porque me voy sola al Sud Este asiático dentro de dos semanas!

    Entonces, Aitor me ha hablado muy bien de tí y me dijo que seguro que me podías contar tus experiencias por allí (si es que ya has vuelto a Barcelona) o en todo caso por mail o vernos en Tailandia, Laos etc. si es que coincidimos con las fechas…

    Qué te parece? Para mí seria un placer conocerte y todo un lujo poder conocer tus experiencias de tan largo viaje… Además, me ha comentado que has vivido en Londres, como yo, o sea que ya tenemos más cosas en común.

    Bueno, nos vemos!


    Gemma Bové

    October 14, 2009 at 10:37 AM

  2. Τα μάτια σου πως είναι; Γιατί άκουσα ότι αν κάτσεις καιρό εκεί κάτω, γυρνάς πίσω σχιστομάτης. Αληθεύει;

    Φιλιά απ’ την πολύ κρύα Δράμα


    October 14, 2009 at 4:12 PM

  3. Hola! Seria muy bueno que nos kedasemos. A ver fechas. Yo el dia 25 Oct estare en Hong Kong y el dia 2 Nov en Barna. Tu donde estaras a partir de estas fechas? Saludos. Mat


    October 15, 2009 at 1:15 PM

  4. Poli kria e? Ton Dekembri mallon tha tin arpakso diladi! Ola kala me ta matia mou (kai ta 4). Ta leme sintomos – ante na do kai to offspring. Yoooooohooooooooo!


    October 15, 2009 at 1:16 PM

  5. Hiya! El 2 de noviembre estoy en Barna pero el 4 al mediodía ya tengo el vuelo…
    Si te va bien quedar el 3 de noviembre guai y si no, tranqui, no problem!
    Aprovecha los últimos días del viaje! Un beso, Gemma


    October 15, 2009 at 7:59 PM

  6. Te acabo de enviar un email ok? Parlem!


    October 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

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