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Sawatdee Ka! – Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

27 Dec 2012, Thursday 

Overview:

We requested for a drop off from Baan Bua Homestay (25 baht/person) to the Chiang Rai (CR) bus terminal, deposited our baggage and off we went for shopping spree and massage again. Next, we embarked on another adventure: taking the Thai public bus to Chiang Khong (CK). Upon reaching CK, we found our way to the decent Namkhong Riverside Hotel and then wandered along the only happening street in CK a bit as well as the temple festival. It was our last night in Thailand. Laos, see you tomorrow! 

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Being messy, again!

bus schedule from chiang rai to chiang khong

The bus schedule: from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

bus from chiang rai to chiang khong

Apparently, there are 2 types of public buses to Chiang Khong. This is the flashy one.

baggage deposit at chiang rai bus terminal

The baggage deposit service is located next to the toilet at the Chiang Rai bus terminal.

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tHAIabasco! 😉

cables at chiang rai

Err… Messy?

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Spot the difference.

Sue and I were puzzled for a fraction of a second: both also original flavors, but why the different packaging?

Light bulb: Oh! Thin cut vs. ripple cut!

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In the process of learning Thai! :p The friendly shop assistant helped me with the translation.

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Shopaholic at work!

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Embarrassing moment: I accidentally went into the male toilet… *shy*
because I overshot the yellow poster on left and I can’t read Thai sign circled in red…

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Taking the dilapidated public bus to Chiang Khong (65 baht/person). If the condition of this bus is too much for you to endure, then stick to the flashy one.

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This is the VVIP seat in the bus! 🙂

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Sue and I were touched by the kindness of Thai people once again. To squeeze sitting place for both of us, this kind uncle (on left) had to fold his legs in uncomfortable position along the journey.

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The sunset view approaching Chiang Khong was quite scenic!

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At Namkhong Riverside Hotel: strong back support and arms!

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CK: Having problem conversing in English in this small town, had to resort to Google Translate!

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Finally managed to overcome communication barrier!

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Our desire to light a kong ming lantern was gratified eventually. Thank you Google Translate! 🙂

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Sue’s upset about my alcohol (in)tolerance… Why? This is how much I could take, after which I won’t be THAT sober anymore… *shy*

Day 1: Bangkok | Day 2: Chiang Mai 1 | Day 3: Chiang Mai 2 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (a), (b) | Day 5: Chiang Rai | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s

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Sawatdee Ka! – Chiang Rai

26 Dec 2012, Wednesday 

Overview:

We booked day tour (THB1000/pax) to visit the White Temple, Black House, hill tribe village, Golden Triangle, Opium Museum, Jade factory and market at Mae Sai.

To our surprise, our tour guide, Guang Hui is a Malaysian! For this, we received special treatment 🙂 We were BAS (below-average-speed) again! We reached Baan Bua around 7pm, instead of 5pm. We missed the Fish and Monkey cave for being BAS.

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Open air would be nice if it wasn’t winter in Chiang Rai… it was freezing cold taking shower early in the morning and after the night fell because the heat couldn’t be contained.

baan bua homestay breakfast menu

Breakfast menu at Ban Bua: I missed this traditional northern breakfast, did not know I have to place order the night before.

Baan Bua Homestay, recommending this place!

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Breakfast at Baan Bua: Yummy!

teapot and teacup

Me: Why didn’t they give me a cup as well? How am I supposed to drink my tea?

Sue: The cup is beneath the teapot… Aduh… -________-

Me: Oppss…

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Chiang Rai town: Elaborate roundabout!

chiang rai sperm bar

Sperm bar! This website stated that the popular clubs/pubs in Chiang Rai are with kinky names :p

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Par Club, the largest club in Chiang Rai! Guang Hui said the entrance charge is RM110/pax and he comes every night.

Us: you must be very rich!

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White Temple: White dragon, black tongue! :p white=not good for maintenance!

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:p

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White Temple: Elaborate toilet

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Wholeness of design: even the cone is very well integrated with the surrounding!

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It reads Chakermchai Kositpipat, but I thought it’s a hospital… Something is wrong with me… Bought some prints here 🙂

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Happy Hippo!

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Black House: Why is it said that penis can ward off evil forces?

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Hill tribe village: A mathematical brainteaser:-

Sue donated THB100 in total, on behalf of both of us.

I then donated THB40 in total.

Q: How much do I still owe Sue?

Sue: (100+40)/2=70. 70-40=30

Me: Why is it not 10? I owe you 50, 50-40=10!

Conclusion: Maybe it’s not a good idea that I remain working as an engineer???

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Hill tribe village: The very amiable headman treated us tamarind. This city girl first time tasting and seeing raw tamarind!

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Hill tribe village: Aw…. A sight of cuteness!

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Hill tribe village: Cat! I like!

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I had mix feelings visiting the village…

I kept seeking assurance from Guang Hui: by visiting this village, I am actually helping the hill tribes, right?

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Golden Iyara Resort=where we had late lunch.

Me: 我很饿了!我要吃3碗饭!

Guang Hui: 你能吗???

Sue: 请不要怀疑她的能力!她真的可以的!

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I requested for more vegetables and the staff granted my wish! 🙂 In the background = normal portion.

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Golden Triangle: I kept telling Sue, I was posing the starting movement of Po-Eun (one of the patterns for black belt 1st dan of TaekwonDo, ITF), she’s clearly not interested in knowing. Boo…

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At Wat Phra That Phukao, Golden Triangle:

Me: What is this creature?

Sue: Naga.

Me: So, it’s dragon!

Sue: No, it’s naga.

Me: But in classic Malay, Naga is dragon…

Sue: No, it’s naga.

opium museum golden triangle

Topped up a lot of knowledge here!

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Tea-tasting session at Golden Triangle.

Us: 老板娘,有哪一种茶喝了会美的吗?

Lady boss: Err…

heading to mae sai

We were heading to Mae Sai, so go straight or turn right?

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At Mae Sai market: A dog with identity crisis: I’m a tiger!

Sue got terrified, by both identities… -___-

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I like friendly doggie!

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Malaysian, taking care of Malaysian!

heading back to chiang rai

Let’s call it a day!

Day 1: Bangkok | Day 2: Chiang Mai 1 | Day 3: Chiang Mai 2 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (a), (b) | Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s

Sawatdee ka! – Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai (b)

25 Dec 2012, Tuesday – Part B

Ban Mong Doi Pui (Hmong hill-tribe village)

Ban Mong Doi Pui (Hmong hill-tribe village)

We paid THB30 to be in this Hmong costume. We thought we could only take photos within the confines of the shop and hence the exertion to make our money worth.

After taking 300 photos (just kidding, haha!), through a kind translator, we were told the lady boss strongly urged us to walk up to the waterfall and take photos. We contemplated for a long time before saying OK (we paiseh!).

I was also wondering why there weren’t other tourists wearing the costume and walking around like us… Because most of the costume-rental shops are located close to the waterfall!

Ban Mong Doi Pui (Hmong hill-tribe village)

Please welcome the new superhero on earth: Ms. H!!! :p

Ban Mong Doi Pui (Hmong hill-tribe village)

Our backpacks did not match our costume at all!

Ban Mong Doi Pui (Hmong hill-tribe village)

Folk game!

Ban Mong Doi Pui (Hmong hill-tribe village)

2 engineers were puzzled with the purpose of this “machine”

Ban Mong Doi Pui (Hmong hill-tribe village)

The lady boss said it’s very nice to take photos with the flowers around the waterfall! Nice or not? :p

cable car to  Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

cable car to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Wow! FCU (fan coil unit) inside lift car!

At  Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

At Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

The gong which can only be hit with clenched fist (not touching, not tapping) if good luck is what you need.

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Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep: Going to pay respect to the chedi

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Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep: Ah-mah-jing!

 Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

It’s during this trip that I came to observe, pay attention and find out more about the meaning of Buddha’s asana (body position) and Mudra (hand gestures).

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Taking the Green Bus to Chiang Rai. I reckon this is the most comfortable coach that I have taken so far! The head rest is so comfortable!

Day 1: Bangkok | Day 2: Chiang Mai 1 | Day 3: Chiang Mai 2 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (a) | Day 5: Chiang Rai | Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s

Sawatdee ka! – Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai (a)

25 Dec 2012, Tuesday

Overview:

We booked our transport at Your House Guesthouse to visit the Bhuping Royal Palace, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and a hill tribe village for THB 800/car. The lady boss told us the duration of the tour would be around 3 hours. Guess how long we took? 6 hours!!! Taking too many photos I think. The driver just bore with us happily.

We knew we could pay less if we opted for the public transport (tuk-tuk or songthaew) but the upside of having an exclusive driver is that we avoided the lengthy wait (to fill up the pick-up trucks) and we had better control of our time, since we needed to catch a bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai later. Not to mention, we got to travel in comfort up the hilly road to Doi Suthep.

In the evening, we boarded the Green Bus to Chiang Rai and checked in to the also lovely Baan Bua Homestay.

Excerpt from Wikitravel:-

“The locals say you’ve not experienced Chiang Mai until you’ve seen the view from Doi Suthep, eaten a bowl of kao soi, and purchased an umbrella from Bo Sang. Of course this is touristic nonsense, but the Kao Soi, Bo Sang umbrellas, and Doi Suthep are important cultural icons for Chiang Mai residents”

“Wat Phra Singh, … Probably Chiang Mai’s best-known temple…”

Oppss!!! We only covered Doi Suthep!

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I’m sure I’m an organized person. But why am I this messy when it comes to unpacking?

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Besides taking receipts, this is another way to avoid financial muddle for Ms. having-memory-like-sieve, for bookkeeping later.

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Travel in comfort!

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En route to Doi Suthep

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This was not how I wanted myself to appear in photos!

Knowing that my Kathmandu jacket is not the right match for my Thai pants, I borrowed cardigan from Sue (I forgot why she did not bring her jacket, maybe for the same vain reason, haha!). Once we alighted from the car, Sue’s teeth were chattering so much that it’s only reasonable to let her have her cardigan back. My singlet was not enough to battle against the chill and it’s also not proper to visit the palace and the temple.

Solution: ad hoc purchase of this green top.

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Hot Ovaltine: the panacea to end her chattering

Bhuping Palace

Bhuping Palace: Flowers that look like transformers!

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Bhuping Palace: Both in our “travel-partner-pants” *LES alert again!!!*

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Bhuping Palace: Sue said I have fearless face! 8)

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Bhuping Palace: Sue: I can really tell you learnt TaekwonDo before!

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Bhuping Palace: Nice camouflage!

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Bhuping Palace: Sue was smitten with this piece of writing:-

“This fountain is built in appreciation of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s gracious devotion: Her strength, Her kind heart as well as Her wealth for the happiness and well-being of her people. Her Majesty’s overflowing benevolence towards Her subject is just like celestial water that feeds the land of prosperity.”

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Bhuping Palace: Nice carving! Look at the details it carries!

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Bhuping Palace: Hehe. Something is not right with this translation! :p 此stir非彼stir! Haha!

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Bhuping Palace: Real flowers (preserved via electroplating) as accessories! A pair of rose petal earrings for me and a rose necklace for Sue! ♥♥

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The patient driver who bore with our below-average-speed (BAS).

Day 1: Bangkok | Day 2: Chiang Mai 1 | Day 3: Chiang Mai 2 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (b) | Day 5: Chiang Rai | Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s

Sawatdee ka! – Chiang Mai Day 2

24 Dec 2012, Monday

Overview:

Visited Baan Chang Elephant Park where we took up the 1-day mahout training course.

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A good day starts with good breakfast! My day would be better? :p

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Afraid of car sick, swallowed one motion sickness pill each. The medicine was really drowsy! It made the both of us so sluggish, especially Sue. We offered one of these to our group mate, Amy who suffered serious car sick.

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This was one of the reasons why people thought we were “partners” -___-

There’s this small range of my spectrum of wavelengths which overlapped with Sue’s. Without prior arrangement, we brought the same brand of tooth brush, same color some more! I told SG about this.

SG: Hmm… How about tooth paste?

Me: I was the supplier!

SG: Then both of you have the same mouth smell…

Come to think of this… Yerrrrrr!!!!

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2 cute Japanese sisters 🙂

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Each elephant has to consume 300kg of food daily, the output=100kg

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It’s feeding time!

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Neh neh pu pu!

Learnt a new vocab: OMB! = Oh my Buddha! 😀

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“大象 大象 你的鼻子怎么那么长?妈妈说鼻子长,才是漂亮!”

At first, I only hummed. Then I started singing, and I couldn’t stop repeating! Until Sue had to shout, “Enough!!!”

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Part of the 100kg output.

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Continued molesting more dumbos!

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The foot of the largest living terrestrial vertebrate vs. the one of the cat-like homo sapien.

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Puzza, our guide for the day, giving briefing about the rationale of using hooks.

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Mahout course began!

“How to ride an elephant” step 1: step on the leg of dumbo

Step 2: hop onto the neck groove

Step 3: lean forward and rest your legs behind dumbo’s ears

Step 4: find your comfortable sitting spot already? Then put your hands on dumbo’s head

Step 5: hold on to its ears when dumbo is getting up or down to its kneeling position

Puzza: the neck is the best place to sit at, no matter you are going uphill, downhill, Chiang Mai, Phuket or Bangkok!

*only I burst out laughing! Not funny meh?*

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Familiarizing with the 4 maneuver commands:-

1) noh long! (need to assert with authority!) – to get dumbo to kneel down

2) quack – to turn. Kick your left leg gently if you want to turn right, and vice-versa

3) pai – to go straight. Tap your legs behind dumbo’s ears concurrently

4) hao (好!) – to stop

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The trainee mahout, with her elephant of the day, Mei Thong Kam (yellow gold)!

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Aw… the sign of femininity. Front seat=VVVVIP seat!!! Back seat=not so pleasant actually!

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The hair of elephant is as stiff as the bristles of broom! Both of us got abrasion on our calves. I found this position incurred the least friction, haha!

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We hoped Mei Thong Kam enjoyed her bath and the scrub and rub!

*before the trip*

Me: remember to bring swim suit, we are gonna get splashed by elephants!

Sue: bring bikini la!

Me: later the water splash too strong, how?!

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I like this photo so much!

This is how you express your affection to dumbo: rub her eyelid gently and say, “Dee! Dee! Dee!”

I guess D for dear? 🙂

Day 1: Bangkok | Day 2: Chiang Mai 1 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (a), (b) | Day 5: Chiang Rai | Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s

Sawatdee ka! – Chiang Mai Day 1

23 Dec 2012, Sunday

Overview:

Reached Chiang Mai, checked in into the lovely Yindee Stylish Guesthouse. Visited Wat Chiang Man , Wat Chedi Luang and the Sunday Walking Market. Sue reverted to her diehard shopaholic nature at the market, happily squandering (actually I should rephrase, sue=many stuff bought, little money spent, me=little stuff bought, a lot of money spent!) and quoting, “好开心啊!可以花钱!” while I walked until I couldn’t feel my legs anymore.

overnight sleeper train from bangkok to chiang mai

It’s nice to sleep on the train: it’s almost like sleeping in the cradle! I slept like a baby!

The reason why we chose to take overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai: “train 13 will show you more of the scenery approaching Chiang Mai in daylight”.

So, I made sure I woke up at 6.30am to welcome the scenery when the rest of the cabin mates were still in slumberland, only to find myself staring into the barren land…

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Breakfast in bed! Bliss!

handle for paper cup

Oh! The smart handle!

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Finally, something scenic!

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Too bad, woke up too aggressively early, I got sleepy again and went back to sleep and missed all the “scenery approaching Chiang Mai in daylight”! >_<

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I had to keep an eye on the door gingerly when I used the toilet : the door would spring open whenever the train reaches a kink in the alignment!

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the sinks in the train. It really tested my balancing skill washing my face and brushing my teeth on the moving train. Luckily I don’t put on makeup, cannot imagine how can one draw eye lines or eye brows here!

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we were wondering how Ishita and Simrun managed to lift their baggage to this compartment on top.

taking train from bangkok to chiang mai - upper berth

Sue wanted to have a feel of sleeping at upper berth.

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the entry step at this end is normal though!

Chiang Mai train station

Set foot in Chiang Mai!

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shoe bag oh shoe bag! I still miss you!

tuk-tuk

While waiting, 2 tuk-tuk drivers exchanged greetings.

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At the back seats, their passengers helped each other to take photos! 🙂

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Jazz, owner of Yindee Stylish Guesthouse, giving an introduction of Chiang Mai history and places of interest. Recommending this guesthouse!

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the guard dog of Wat Chiang Man! With uniform! And such agility!

the land of smiles

Thailand, the land of smiles! 🙂

thai condiments

from the condiments, you can tell Thai people like sweet and hot spicy food.

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Wat Chiang Man: the 2 zabos who tried to assimilate.

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Wat Chiang Man: How to reach the building in the middle? Long jump?

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Wat Chiang Man:  the 2 zabos who ran out of idea to pose.

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First time seeing this kind of flowers.

chiang mai sunday walking market

We have good ambassadorship (star scout us! star scout us!): it’s only us when we started our massage session.

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and soon after!

chiang mai sunday walking market

Green hat now, soon, it’ll be brown! Good value for money! :p

thai local snack with betel

Local snacks. I find any snacks with betel leaves=yummy!

chiang mai sunday walking market

we decided that we wanted to have “travel-partner-pants”!  *raising eyebrow*

chiang mai sunday walking market

chains of fish balls!

wat chedi luang

Wat Chedi Luang and the moon.

chiang mai fried insects

Fried insects! Crickets are not for us!

*Before I parted with Pin in Bangkok*

Pin: please don’t have too many grasshoppers, I worry that your stomach is too delicate to take them. Maybe you just try a leg? Silkworms are fine, they are like french fries!

Me: So I can’t have a whole grasshopper by myself???

chiang mai fried insects

They ended up in our stomachs…

chiang mai sunday walking market

Training my stomach to be as adventurous as my mind! Silk worms were not bad actually but grasshopper was a bit gross to me.

Day 1: BangkokDay 3: Chiang Mai 2 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (a), (b) | Day 5: Chiang Rai | Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s

Sawatdee ka! – Brief transit in Bangkok

22 Dec 2012, Saturday

bangkok-thai massage

I was this young when I first visited Bangkok in 2007… With more hair, face was still firm and elastic! :p 

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Pin and her mom picked me up from Don Meuang Airport. Before I got into the car, Pin gave me a powerful hug! Missed this so much!

A photo taken in 2007

A photo taken in 2007

I told Pin I like the Thai university uniform because it’s so sexy!

Pin: We are actually saving the world by wearing tight-fit clothes!

Me: How so?

Pin: Using fewer materials!

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I will be so dead driving in Bangkok: the parking lots are significantly smaller!

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Thai lunch at Siam Paragon!

Pin’s mom is so modern! She asked, “Sam, have you taken photos of the food served?” 😀 She knows exactly that people of our generation can’t curb the urge to share everything online :p

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I don’t like taking solo shots, but Pin made sure that I took photos with all the prominent landmarks! 🙂

Why is God so indifferent to my bad hair day? :p Somehow, my hair went back to its curly nature while I was travelling no matter how hard I tried to straighten it using hairdryer! Must be the humidity!

Siam Ocean World

Pin: Oh, Sam! You are a star at the aquarium!

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Pin also made sure I witnessed that Central World is up and running now after the riots in May 2010.

bangkok - parking without engaging brake
Similar way of parking was observed in Jakarta as well: parking the cars without engaging the parking brake (or hand brake, my car has foot brake instead), a measure to mitigate the issue of having insufficient parking lots.

bangkok - si lom station

Si Lom station was where I parted with Pin.

bangkok - hua lamphong train station

I’m guessing: it’s more comfortable, more cooling sitting on the floor instead of the designated seats? And that people got to have more personal space? 🙂

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Luggage storage service at Hua Lamphong train station.

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Siao Sue kept bugging me to smell her hands when I got to meet her, which according to her, had been contaminated while taking the Thai economy train.

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Headed to Chatuchak weekend market, where suecing bought, bought, bought, bought and bought while I bought and bought nia…

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This cat ears hat is so cute!

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Food cover with cute shape!

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So wrong! Hahaha!

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No comment! Haha!

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Q: Please identify the only 2 people who carried their bags in front of them at Chatuchak.

A: These 2 Malaysian girls! :p

We thought this is a way to avoid pickpockets (Pin and her mom also reminded me to do so), but we observed many pairs of eyes riveted on us -_-

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Sue: Oh! The size of the eggs is so cute!

Me: -_- macam tak pernah tengok quails’ eggs…

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Still buying!!!

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Perempuan kuat! She could carry both our backpacks at one go!

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Zabos who can’t travel light!

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Chiang Mai, here we come!

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The entry step’s way too high even for me! Ang moh standard?

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Claiming my bed for the night.

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Ishita’s on the upper berth. Another cabin mate=Shimrun. 2 pretty girls from India.

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Hippo and doraemon, on tram, in a train!

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My xmas gift from zabo!

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Going from one carriage to another warranted extra caution.

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At the restaurant car on train: It’s 8pm…. And it’s time to change the light bulbs….

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Disco mode now!

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No showering facilities on train, resorting to wet wipes.

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Prattled too much prior to dinner; post-dinner, not on speaking terms :p

Good night, Thailand! Chiang Mai, see you tomorrow!

Day 2: Chiang Mai 1Day 3: Chiang Mai 2 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (a), (b) | Day 5: Chiang Rai | Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s

Hat Yai Trip

The trip was very much an impulsive decision. We drove to Alor Setar and spent a night there. It took like eternity to reach there and that my backside had almost become an integral part of the cushion.

 

It’s only when we woke up in the next morning that we were trying to figure out the 4 wives and 1 husband:

 

-where to stay in Hat Yai?

-what to do there?

-when to leave and to come back?

-whom to get all these information from?

-how to get there???

 

After all the survey, we then drove to Changloon, parked our car somewhere adjacent to the mini Duty Free Centre, paid RM53 and hopped into a taxi and we were on our way to cross the border and headed towards Hat Yai.

 

Basically, what I had done in Hat Yai could be concluded using the following formula:-

 

Hat Yai trip = 0.4(shopping) + 0.2(massaging) + 0.1(ah kua show) + 0.3(Zzz + cari makan)

Massage…

The cant-find-it-in-Malaysia-yam-pie

Where we stayed…

Highlight of the trip: AH KUA SHOW, HERE WE COME!!!!!!

God must have made a serious mistake: by letting him becoming a guy and me a girl…

Yummy!!!!!

Massage again…

Yea, third round massage…

   

Hehe!

G*m*d* pays us peanuts. So Alice decided to set up a stall at pasar malam and sell all these!

Bird nest soup for 100 bath

Sawatdi ka! – Blunder identified during my Bangkok trip

In order to get myself out of rut, I visited Bangkok on July 12th.

 

FOC Bangkok Map

I found this when I was happily perusing the FOC Bangkok Map I got from Suvarnabhumi Airport:-

Chinatown: Centre on Yaowarat Road and Sampheng Lane, Bangkok’s chinatown offers a profusion of gold shops as well as 2 nearby traditional shopping places, Ban Mo Jewellery Street and Phahurat Cloth Market.

 

And do have a closer look at the accompanying photo:-

Jalan Petaling?!!!!


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Inside the glass bottle…

“I want to walk tall, believe in myself, have the courage to ask for what I want and need, and live a life that mattered. I want to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face and know that I am loved and that I belonged. I am desperate to feel worthy and I am hungry for the opportunity to live my fullest potential.” - modified from "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" - Debbie Ford

Under the apple tree…

"If you are not spending all of your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or the wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing the mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her... it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking that is the human mind." - A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The time keeper by Mitch Albom

The art of thinking clearly by Rolf Dobelli

The first phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom

Inferno by Dan Brown

For one more day by Mitch Albom

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

A study in scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

Have a little faith by Mitch Albom

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

A Fresh Start by John Chapman

Inspiring quotes!

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other? (God in "Evan Almighthy")
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Aggie: "But what about the people who hurt you? Don't you ever want to make them suffer?" Norman Babcock: "Well, yeah, but what good would that do? You think just because there's bad people that there's no good ones either? I thought the same thing for a while. But there's always someone out there for you. Somewhere." - Paranorman
"机遇总是偏爱有准备的人"
“You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” by Walter Hagen
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, body totally worn out and screaming "WOOOHOOOO what a ride!" - by anonymous
When you travel, it’s not like you take a part of each place away with you; rather, it’s as if you leave a part of yourself there, like a part of you forever belongs to that place – the time, the people, and the things you saw; and over time, it gets burned deeper into your soul - by anonymous