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Huai Pang Ko

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  • Day12

    Day 12 - Matt Gets Beaten Up By A Girl

    February 19, 2017 in Thailand

    Thailand has its fair share of unusual sights. Today we tried to tick off one of the Chiang Mai bucket list points of getting massage in a women's prison where they train soon to be released inmates to be masseurs so they can get a job when they are freed. Sadly despite getting there early they were booked beyond our departure bus time so we were directed to the ex-inmate massage centre round the corner. We had breakfast first with our new found friends Teresa and Rob and booked in for an hour Thai massage. We were sent to change into lovely burgundy scrubs (easier to navigate than the black pants once I got a set that wasn't 2 pairs of trousers) and laid in a communal massage room. A slightly different experience to our Bangkok essential oils and soothing music massage from last week. I think I got lucky and although my masseuse was hard on me Matt got one of the stronger ladies who gave him a bit of a beating - I couldn't possibly speculate what crime she might have committed before her prison training. I still can't not giggle when my feet are touched and at one point thought she was going to detach a limb but it was amazing, and for about £5!

    After that we checked out and said goodbye to out lovely guest house hosts Paul, Ay, Ta and Freya. (Oh I forgot Paul kindly took Matt on the back of his moped to get our bus tickets this morning, I did not volunteer for that). We caught the 3 hour bus to Chiang Rai. The bus was fine and I caught up on my sleep and podcasts but beyond that it's been a fairly quiet day. We're in a guest house which actually has a shower area as opposed to a wet room which is a nice change though still a lack of wall hooks - I wouldn't have thought I'd miss hanging things up so much.

    We went to the night bazaar where I bought some hippy trousers and found a source of wine which was neither stupidly expensive or mixed with fruit juice - oh happiness! We watched some traditional Thai acts, well some dancing, instrument playing and a guy singing Elvis covers whilst eating dinner and figuring out the next few days.
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  • Day5

    Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle

    October 4, 2016 in Thailand

    Nachdem wir nach 2 Tagen Bangkok wieder unsere Rucksäcke gepackt haben sind wir nach einer Stunde Flug sicher in Chiang Rai angekommen. Das ist eine der nördlichsten Städte Thailands. Dort haben wir uns bei Grandma Kaew eingemietet, einer unglaublich süßen alten Thai-Omi. Chiang Rai ist im Gegensatz zu Bangkok ein sehr verschlafenes Nest. Es hat einen netten Night-Market und 2 Tempel, das wars dann aber auch schon (eh wohltuend nach Bangkok 😂). Deswegen haben wir uns heute auf ne Tour aufgemacht Richtung weißen Tempel, zur Monkey-cave, zu den burmesischen longneck-Frauen, einer Teeplantage und zum Abschluss zum goldenen Dreieck, wo die 3 Länder Myanmar, Laos und Thailand nur durch den Maekong river und den Ruak river getrennt werden.

    Auf der Tour haben wir vegane Israelis kennengelernt, Spanier die sozial eher unkompetent waren und einen Holländer (der seit 7 Jahren als Tennis-Manager in Bangkok lebt) der uns sehr gute Tipps für unsere weitere Reise gegeben hat. Ist lustig wie Thais auf einen 1.85 großen weißen Glattkopf reagieren der sie plötzlich auf Thai anspricht.

    Die Tour hat uns unglaublich gut gefallen, dieses Land ist einfach nur wunderschön. Morgen geht's auf eine Trekking-Tour durch den Dschungel, danach verlassen wir Chiang Rai auch schon mit dem Bus Richtung Chiang Mai, von wo wir uns dann auch wieder mit Elefantenbildern melden werden 🐘 😁
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  • Day5

    Chiang Rai

    February 6 in Thailand

    Am Morgen ging es um 8 Uhr los von Ayutthaya. Wir haben beschlossen den 8:26 Zug nach Bangkok zu nehmen. Mit dem Tuk-Tuk waren wir schnell am Bahnhof. Dort angekommen wollte ich den hübschen Bahnhof fotografieren als ich bemerkte dass ich meine Kamera im guest house liegen gelassen habe. Ein kurzer Schockmoment und Panik. Wir hatten noch ca. 15 Minuten bis der Zug fuhr. Ich fuhr mit einem anderen Tuk-Tuk zurück und konnte zum Glück rechtzeitig mit Kamera den Zug erwischen. Die Fahrten mit dem Tuk-Tuk vom guest house zum Bahnhof kosteten zusammen 250 Baht. Die stündige Fahrt mit dem Zug nach Bangkok kostete für alle 4 Personen 34 Baht!

    Die Zugstation Don Mueang ist direkt beim Flughafen. Nach dem check-in und einer kurzen Pause ging es zur Gepäckkontrolle. Alle 4 Rucksäcke wurden durchleuchtet und beanstandet. Jeder von uns hatte eine Wasserflasche darin vergessen und Nela sogar eine Schere, die sie dann dort in einem transparenten Behälter entsorgt hatten. Nela war zuerst sauer und danach musste sie weinen. Anscheinend sind wir schon etwas relaxter. In Zürich wäre uns das nie passiert :-)

    In Chiang Rai angekommen waren alle über glücklich. So hatten wir den Norden Thailand in Erinnerung. Es ist hier viel ruhiger und sauberer als in Ayutthaya. Das guest house ist sehr bunt und sieht ein bisschen aus wie eine Kinder Tageskrippe. Alles ganz in weiss mit vielen bunten Accessoires.
    Auch die Kinder gefällt es hier viel besser. Auf dem naheliegenden Nachtmark genossen wir das bunte treiben.

    Statistik:
    Unterkunft Na-Rak-O Resort. 3 Nächte 4800 Baht
    Zug Ayutthaya - Bangkok: 34 Baht für 4 Personen
    Flug Bangkok - Chiang Rai: Airasia 188 USD
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  • Day7

    Velo Tour mit GPS

    February 8 in Thailand

    Am Morgen holte uns Toony pünktlich um 8 Uhr bei der Unterkunft ab und führ uns ca. 10 kilometer ausserhalb von Chiang Rai. Dort wurden wir mit Fahrrädern, Helme, Wegbeschreibung und einem GPS ausgerüstet. Dank dem GPS konnten wir die 40 km Tour alleine in unserem Tempo machen. Diese führte uns zu einer Höhle gefüllt mit Buddhas. Es schwirrten einige Fledermäuse an unseren Köpfen vorbei.
    Danach ging es weiter an Reisfeldern und Kautschukplantagen vorbei. Die Route führte auch beim weissen Tempel vorbei, doch den hatten wir ja schon gestern besichtig. Weiter ging es zum Singha Park, eine riesige Anlage die man entweder mit dem Fahrrad oder mit so Touri-Bussen besichtigen kann. Wir sind natürlich mit unseren Fahrrädern dadurch geflitzt. Der Park ist wunderschön.
    Um 15:30 sind wir dann wieder bei Toony müde aber glücklich angekommen.

    Morgen gehen wir weiter etwas in die Hügel nordwestlich von Chiang Rai ins Bamboo Nest de Chiang Rai. Es sind einfache Bamboos Hütten mit Ausblick auf die Reisfelder. Dort bleiben wir sicher 3 Tage aber eventuell auch länger. Wir haben nach sechs Tagen in Städten das Bedürfnis nach mehr Natur.
    Wir werden uns also erst später wieder melden.

    Statistik:
    Self guided Bike Tour mit GPS und Fahrräder für 4 Personen: 2200 Baht
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  • Day84

    On the move once again

    May 11, 2017 in Thailand

    Today we packed up our things and made the journey to Chiang Rai. The mini bus was picking us up between 9 and 9:30 so we went to have a breakfast before our journey began. The journey was said to take 3 hours but you never know how accurate that will be and whether they include breaks into these timings. The journey was surprisingly quick. I've really got into a book I bought so that probably helped the journey go a lot quicker. We had 3 stops in total which I was surprised about for such a short drive. One for the toilet, one for lunch but we held off until we arrived and one for a visit to the white temple on the outskirts of Chiang Rai, our final destination. We only had 30 minutes here so we decided not to enter the temple and wait until we did a day trip over the next couple of days. We didn't want to be rushed at a place so beautifully decorated. We simply admired from afar and went and got a sprite instead! We continued on and not long later we had arrived. We spent a while getting our barings and trying to find the place we are staying in and finally we did. It's a lovely complex of single storey guest house rooms around a central courtyard which has the most gorgeous flooring tiles! Ones I need in my future bathroom for sure. We had some time researching and planned to head out for food but the heavens opened heavily and it rained and poured for a good half an hour so our very late lunch actually became dinner. We ate at s lovely restaurant and had a Japanese Katsu curry each, something I feel we have both been missing! We've booked onto a heavy 11 hour tour tomorrow which goes to around 8 sites including the temple we saw today so we're up early for that. Unfortunately we have discovered we have a karaoke style bar or something behind our guesthouse as all we can hear is the thumping music and singing. Hopefully it ends soon and we get some peace!Read more

  • Day85

    Our first modern temples

    May 12, 2017 in Thailand

    Today has been brilliant. We booked onto a tour that visited all the main sites of Chiang Rai, a method we always find helpful to see things we wouldn't be able to on our own. We started our day early with a visit to the White Temple or Wat Rong Khun as it's locally known. The renovated temple is only 15 years old and man who created it wanted to build a gift for the King. His ideas were laughed at so he borrowed money from his own family and friends as no one would help fund his project to renovate the temple. Now when they see the work he has created and the money the temple is bringing to the area he's had offers flooding in for funding all of which he declines. I admire him for believing in his design and idea so much that he made it happen and oh boy are we glad he did. This place is incredible. White ornate winding structures and statues all lined with reflective silver mirrors. Symbolic sculptures of hands rise from the floor near the entrance to remind you of the horrors that lie awaiting in the underworld. Traditionally temples are decorated inside with the story of the Buddha but he decided to honour modern heroes and icons in his own amazing art style. Now the walls are decorated with scenes including small characters of Michael Jackson, Harry Potter, pikachu, Iron Man and even Ben 10 amongst so many others. A large dragon's face is painted over the door and within the eyes he has painted George W Bush and Osama Bin Laden as a reminder that sometimes hell and evil lives on earth, so our guide said. The site also had amazing golden buildings which were used as the grandest toilets in the world, in my opinion. After spending time taking in how amazing this place and the creator is we headed to the Blue Temple otherwise known as Wat Rong Suea Ten. This temple was recently renovated in the past two years and has some incredible artwork inside on the walls. I found the colours and details of the painting in this temple so captivating that it has become my favourite temple so far. Next we visited the Black House museum which showed how local people lived and portrayed and very Africa/American feel and style with many bull skulls and animal skins shown. A tea plantation was next on the list and despite the rain the views were beautiful. We were able to sample some of the green teas grown there so that really added to the experience. We also visited a place near a cave where monkeys live. We didn't go in the cave as apparently the monkeys are quite aggressive and since we saw a girl get attacked by one we have become quite nervous of them. We were definitely happy when we left this stop. We next went to the boarder of Thailand and Burma where we could jump from country to country. This was followed up by a visited to the golden triangle where you can see Laos in the distance and to the right, Burma to the left and Thailand where we stood. All countries were separated by the Mekong River and it was so weird standing knowing you're looking at 3 countries at once. Not many people can say they've done that! We had a stop at a opium museum which was very interesting before one final view point before we returned back to town. Our guide was trying very hard to make it a fun and enjoyable day and he definitely succeeded. Apart from my beautiful trousers ripping we had a great day and managed to see so many wonderful places.Read more

  • Day86

    Cats, cats everywhere!

    May 13, 2017 in Thailand

    We discovered that apart from all the things we did on our trip yesterday there isn't much else to do in Chiang Rai. With that in mind our plan for today was to visit a cat cafe and plan the next steps of our trip. Firstly we had to go to the bus terminal to enquire about bus tickets for tomorrow. The journey to Bangkok is something like 14 hours so we're splitting it up with a trip to another town part of the way down. Only one company operates the bus to go there and annoyingly even though their stand closes at 12 they were closed at 11.30 this morning. We did see a timetable though so we now know they have 6 buses in the morning that leave so our plan is to get there earlier tomorrow and buy a ticket first thing. Once we came back we headed to the cafe and it was nice to discover that unlike Japan you do not pay an entrance fee so we were able to enjoy the cafe more without that initial expense. The menu of drinks was extensive and they served some of the best food and drinks we've found in a cafe since we left. I had a beautiful mint milk which is just froffy milk flavoured with mint but it was so delicious. We also had a few fruit smoothies during the time we spent there. We used the time to initially play with cats but then plan the next stages of our journey and book some accommodation. For lunch Nick had prawn fried rice and I had the best scrambled eggs I've had in a long time, so very tasty. Even without the cats this cafe was well worth the visit for the food. We spent almost 4 hours there before we decided to call it a day and head back, mainly as our phones were dying. Once back though my arm was in a lot of achy pain from a bite that I have. I was sure it had become infected so we decided to visit a Boots store we'd seen and get some advice. Luckily it's the first Boots we've seen since we left the UK and it's happens to be around when we need it most. Afterwards as we were out anyway we went and had some dinner at a cute little restuarant that's tucked away on the main road. Nick was feeling a pudding so back to the cat cafe we went to have a waffle tower with ice cream and caramel sauce as well as time feeding the cats some treats. We leave tomorrow so it was back to the guest house to pack up and get ready to move out, yet again!Read more

  • Day91

    Chiang Rai - Spaß mit Mo!

    August 13, 2017 in Thailand

    Chiang Rain war toll. Wollte eigentlich nur 3 Tage vergingen und blieb fast eine Woche. Das beste Essen das ich in ganz Thailand gegessen habe! Was vielleicht daran lag das Mo mich zu den Besten Restaurants gezeigt hat. Wir hatten einen riesen Spaß! Hab auch ein paar verrückte Backpacker kennengelernt. War nur so froh, dass ich beschloss nach der Karaoke Bar war Schluss. Die alte Nina muss ins Bett. Denn am nächsten Tag hat sich rausgesrellt, dass einer im Gefängnis landete zur Ausnüchterung. Anscheinend war allein der Deutsche schuld nur war er schnell genug damit ihn die Polizisten nicht erwischten!

    Mo hat mich dann ganz lieb am Sonntag abgeholt, wie haben so VIEL gefrühstückt und dann zum Flughafen gebracht. Dort habe ich mit Ihrer Hilfe ein Paket zur Post gebracht. Dort sind alle eure Geschenke drin. Ich hoffe es kommt an. Daumen drücken!!!
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