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Feb 21, 2018 - Among the hill tribes
A 2-1/2 day "trek" in the hills here was one of the major reasons for signing up for our tour. It was worth it. The walking has been strenuous at times, but nothing overwhelming. There are steep ups and downs as well as level ramblings, stream crossings, and dried mud. We have walked mostly through forest. Most are walking in hiking shoes or runners. Our lead guide wears rubber boots for protection from snakes. Along the way, we learn about native plants and their uses. Our crew prepared a cooked lunch using bamboo collected on the spot for...Jump to full entry
Feb 19, 2018 - Northern matters
Chiang Mai was for us mostly enjoyable. It is much more manageable than Bangkok, of course, but still a busy city. The local currency is the baht. It's roughly US 3 cents for a baht. I didn't bother to negotiate for the few things I've bought, though I did get reduced tuk-tuk fare once. We are about to embark on a three day "trek." I felt the need for some extras to make the walking more comfortable. Therefore, I had to shop. For stream crossings and giving my feet a break at night, I bought Thai made "walking sandals" on sale at an outlet...Jump to full entry
Dec 29, 2010 - A Volunteering Christmas !
Sunday saw me leave Don Khong island and head back north to Pakse on a bus full of friendly locals. Once in Pakse, I picked up a high tech bike (not!) and headed for the Ban Saphai village which is known for its beautiful textiles. This was an interesting trip along some dusty back roads, with the locals surprised to see a "falang" cycling by. That evening, I jumped on a VIP night bus (including double beds !!) 12 hours north to capital Vientiane, where I hoped to secure my working visa for Thailand at the local consulate. Arriving just...Jump to full entry
Jul 27, 2010 - Der Doi Tung und Mae Sai
Nachdem wir in Chiang Rai alles Sehenswerte abgegrast hatten, haben wir uns nochmal fuer einen Mietwagen entschieden. Ueber unser Guesthouse konnte man fuer etwa 25 Euro einen Jeep mieten und blauaeugig wie wir waren dachten wir das waere eine gute Idee... Das Ding hat sich als uraltes, ungefedertes Blechding herausgestellt, das mind. 15 Liter auf 100 km verbraucht und und nicht mehr als 70 kmh fahren konnte. Ausserdem war es so eng und klein, dass wir uns beide Rueckenprobleme (wir werden aelter) und Quetschungen geholt haben. Um das ganze...Jump to full entry
Apr 8, 2010 - Mae Sai/Tachileik.
8 April. One of main reasons of this mini trip to Chiang Rai Province was that I must go out of Thailand one more time, because of visa rules and Mae Sai is the closest border crossing. For the moment I am only aloud to be here in Thailand until the 13:th of April, but my flight don’t go until the 21:th of April, so for the moment, I am missing 8 day’s. When I go out of Thailand and returns, I will have 15 new days, which is more than enough for me. To get to Mae Sai, took me two hours by bus. The paperwork at the bridge went smooth and...Jump to full entry
Apr 19, 2009 - Golden Triangle.
19 April. This is the very last day of my whole trip, which I don’t have plans or program for. I decide to do a day trip to the Golden Triangle in the most northern of Thailand. The trip started early morning from Chiang Mai. First stop was a hot spring, not so interesting, but the stop gave me enough time to have a quick breakfast. The second stop was outside of Chiang Rai, the White Temple a rather new attraction, which I never knew or heard about before. Very beautiful place, the whole temple all in white. The third stop was at a place...Jump to full entry
Aug 2, 2008 - Myanmar Border - Mae Sai
Our next stop of the day after lunch was at Mae Sai - the border crossing into Myanmar and the place where Callum and I were going to have to cross the border to renew our visa. This was a smooth and pain free situation. Our tour guide took us and two others who needed to do the same to the passport control where we were stamped out of Thailand. We walked over the bridge and took in a surprising site - the river running through the streets of Myanmar! Beneath the bridge obviously due to the season, water was running through at such a speed,...Jump to full entry
Apr 21, 2008 - Mae Sai beats the Golden Triangle, hands down.
Well, today we went to the Golden Triangle, the corner where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) meet at the Mekong River. The Mekong River looked nothing more special than the Ohio River; if anything, filthier. We did not cross the boarder to Laos or Myanmar (mostly because Americans are not allowed to visit Myanmar), but had a great time watching the people simply live their lives. Mae Sai has remained largely unnoticed by tourism, so there were many locals trading from Myanmar and even China as it is only 120 km away. All in all, it was...Jump to full entry
Jan 19, 2008 - Mae Sai/Burma Laos Thailand One afternoon
3 countries 1 afternoon today. We took a tour today tht allowed us to reset our Thai visas in Mynamar. You are allowed 30 days in Thailand before you need to leave and re-enter. Basically we walked across the bridge paid $10 for our stamp and walked back into Thailand. From there we went to the Golden Triangle one of the opium capitols of the world. Thailand has effectively stamped out production but Mynamar and Laos continue to produce. We took a longtail boat from the Golden Triangle up into Mynamar again and came back and visited a...Jump to full entry
Oct 17, 2007 - Mae Sai
Citta' di confine, il Myanmar dall'altra parte di un fiume largo dieci metri... La citta' e' tutto un mercato, impressionante, gigantesca. Colorata, incasinata... cibi strani. Ora sono in internet point circondata da bambini tailandesi che giocano a sparatutto... Ciao, GioJump to full entry
Mar 15, 2007 - Northern Thailand day trip
March 15th - Northern Thailand Tour On route to Chang Khong to start our Mekong river trip, we decided to join a small tour that was headed up that way. A full day of exploring (by air-con van that is) took us north past Chiang Rai to Mae Sai (which is the most northerly tip of Thailand). Along the way we visited the 'White Temple' (a modern 'artsy' creation), saw some wild monkeys and walked around Mae Sai (of course did some bargain shopping at the Myanmar (Burma) border where there was gobs of "stuff" mainly from China (brought down...Jump to full entry
Dec 13, 2006 - A bad day for Ella
Breakfast, travelschool and the desperate discovery that Ella left her Nintendo DS light at the street restaurant last night. Not much chance of getting it back then ! She is devastated. We decide, on the offchance, that we will plan to call in on the street vendor when she sets up her stall in the evening. In the meantime, we drove west to the Golden Triangle, which is where the borders of Burma,Laos and Thailand all meet. It's just a tourist zone now but was once a den of drug barons trading opium across the borders. We took a long tail...Jump to full entry