Koh Samet and Chiang Mai
Southeast Asia in 90 days
17.02.2010 - 18.02.2010 28 °C
We took a bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai that was only 2 1/2 hours. We traveled through the mountains to get here so it was an interesting bus ride. We didn't have a place to stay when we arrived but when we purchased our bus tickets there was a brochure that was attached to the tickets. It was for a Akha Hill House which is a hill tribe that have bungalows and rooms on a mountain that you can rent. They also offer treks and there are waterfalls and hot springs close by so it sounded like heaven to us!
We got to the office in Chiang Rai city and waited for the truck to take us up the hill. It was 23 km away from the city. The roads that we took were really twisty and tourney which was quite the experience.
We got to our little bungalow on the mountain and it is beautiful. Our bungalow is made out of bamboo with a thatch roof with a western toilet and hot shower.
Right now I'm at sitting at the reception area where we eat and enjoy a campfire at night and I'm looking out to the jungle! Magnificent!
Today we are planing on going on a trek to see a waterfall and maybe some hot springs if we can find them! They offer treks which is great and we are planing on doing an over night one that you can building a house out of banana leaves that you sleep in for the night. Can't wait!!
Anyways, we should get our buts in gear and go find a waterfall!
16.02.2010 - 16.02.2010 30 °C
We went to the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai with Clara and Kenneth and it was a great experience. We purchased the package deal that included 20 minutes with 3 large tigers and 20 minutes with 3 small tigers.
We roamed around the pens freely with all the tigers. The Tiger Kingdom does not drug or use chains to hold the tigers, they just roam free. The whole experience was surreal that it's hard to put into words what the experience was like. We hired a photographer to take photos of us during the large and small tigers. He took over 200 photos, which we have on disk. Here is a selection of photos of some of our favourites! Enjoy!!
We hired a car for the day and after the Tiger Kingdom we ventured off to the Snake Farm where they filmed Rambo 4 with Sylvester Stalone. It too was an experience. Tyler was very nervous and we couldn't get him to hold or touch any of the snakes.
12.02.2010 - 13.02.2010 28 °C
Probably the highlight of our trip so far, my opinion anyway (Tyler), was the Samoeng Loop Motorbike trip through the mountains in Chiang Mai Province. The loop itself was just over 100km and it is located just North-West of Chiang Mai City.
10.02.2010 - 10.02.2010 17 °C
We bought our tickets at a backpackers travel agent which gave us a deal - 100 baht off! We went for the VIP seats because they were closer and not much more money. We didn't know what we were getting our selves into because we heard that some muay thai fights can get really sloppy with blood and sweat getting all over you if you are close. But we were ready for anything! We went to the Kawila Boxing Stadium where all the big fights take place in Chiang Mai.
We were very surprised when we got there because we thought it was going to be packed and have the "underground" feel to it. But there weren't a lot of people there and the stadium was clean and we didn't get any sweat or blood on us. We were wishing we went to a heavy class fight because I think deep down we did want to see some blood and sweat flying hahah. This was the fight list for the night.
Our seats were really close which was nice and we were able to go right up to the ring. We went with Kenneth and Clara and Tyler took Clara's camcorder and took some really cool videos right at the ring. His elbow was literally resting on the floor of the boxing ring. They do a ritual and ceremony that is performed before the fight for religious reasons and as a stretching warmup.
All in all it was a good night! Good experience and we were glad we got the VIP seats because we were able to go really close.