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Rai | Chaing Mai | Krabi | Bangkok
December 21, 2000 - 9:25 am
We flew into Chiang Mai via
a short 40 minute flight. We were amazed to see how much Chiang
Mai had grown and how much construction was still in progress.
We were able to check into the Galare Guest House which we had
tried to stay at on several other visits, but it was always fully
booked. It's a beautiful place in a garden like setting, located
on the bank of the Mae Ping River. I rented a motorcycle from
Queen Bee. This was the 4th time I've rented from them. REALLY
spent the day re-familiarizing ourselves with Chaing Mai and scoping
out the different shops on what to buy. It was definitely like
going back to an old friend. A friend I still love, but that has
changed and grown different. While I can't say I like most of
the changes I still think that Chiang Mai is still my favorite
large city that we've visited on our world adventures. It still
has some small city charm and the people are still "northern
Thai language skills had really come back and I'm having a great
time just hangin' with the locals and just having a good time
doing much of nothing. Life is really, really good. It didn't
matter if we were shopping, eating lunch, or just waiting for
Patti to make her last minute shopping decisions. This was good.
We biked out to the Bo Sang area east of Chiang Mai to the umbrella
factory, saa paper factory, leather goods, etc. We bought Saa
paper goods, a leather jacket, ostrich purse, umbrellas, temple
bells and more.
21, 2000 - 9:25 am
The next day Patti's cousin Monica arrived from Idaho. This was
her first trip to Thailand and we were at the airport to greet her
with a bouquet of orchids and a greeting of "Sawadee cop (and
Thai style - 3 on a bike.
and Monica almost seem to be joined at the hip and travel together
like one. Me? I'm the taxi driver hoping for a 5 Baht tip ... Smile.
It was really fun watching the two of them having a great time.
We all had a great time and Monica was a very pleasant addition
to the trip.
next day Patti and Monica went on a tour that included an elephant
ride, 1.5 hour bamboo raft trip, trek to Karin and Meo hill tribes
and refreshing wade in a waterfall. Their guide serenaded them with
Elvis and John Denver tunes along the mountain trail.
parts of the trip ... Chiang
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