26.03.2009 31 °C
First off we just want to say that we had an amazing time travelling with Mom and Fred!!! Man, did we ever have some great laughs - they are troopers, stayed in some crazy bamboo huts and toughed it out in the 41C heat on one of the islands - with no A/C. We all had some unwanted little creatures crawling in some of those huts. BUT we all survived. We loved the company Mom and Fred - miss you guys!
We have spent the last 5 or 6 days in Chiang Mai which is in Northern Thailand. A big change from the craziness of Bangkok and nothing like the beaches in the south! It is a very nice place in the mountains and has many different activities to do... some trekking, many different hilltribes to visit, tons of temples (there are only so many you can visit before they start to look all alike - sorry) and a lot of great markets. I mean 1000's of different stalls and some things you could not even imagine that are for sale. There is one marj\ket that was only on Sundays, they shut down the main road, and for about 3km's there is nothing but shops, live music and some crazy dancing and singing OH and some amazing food!!! We checked out a Muay Thai match, which lasted about 3hrs and had 8 different fights - these guys are nuts. Angie and I even bet on a few of the fights and lost but it was not for big money.
Chiang Mai is a perfect place to just chill out and plan a day trip here and there - very relaxed, friendly and clean city. We did the Flight of the Gibbons which is ziplines through the rainforest followed with some 60ft to 200ft drops (like a mini bungee jump) and also a few suspension bridges. Some great pictures! We also did a day trip/trek in the mountains where we walked in the mountains and had a chance to visit some tribes, the most famous being "Longneck Tribe" than we rode the elephants through the jungle and through a river, for about an hour. We than had the chance to float down a portion of the river on a bamboo raft which was surprisingly really fun and than the best part... white water rafting for about an hour!
Aside from that we have just been chillin' out, and are getting ready to leave tomorrow and are heading to Pai, which is a town of 3000 people, it is along a river and is a "backpackers mecca" from what the people out here are saying. It is a hippie town with a lot of music, art and great food. The only thing to really do there (from what we are being told) is float down the river and relax. We figure that is a perfect way to spend our last couple weeks...wow is that ever sad.
Our flight back is scheduled for the 5th of April. We have a nine hour layover in China, so we are going to get a VISA for China and chances are we will have the opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China. If that is not possible we will at least get to visit Beijing (outside of the airport) and go check out the site of the Olympics and a few other places.
Angie has uploaded some pictures, hope you like them.
Jeremie & Angie