Well, we are now in Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand. Chiang Mai is a city with many Wats (temples) and we visited a few on our first day here. We first visited Wat Chiang Man which is thought to be the oldest temple in Chiang Mai (1296). We then visited Wat Phra Singh (1345) which was also beautiful. That night we went to the famous Chiang Mai night market which goes on for many streets. It was fun and very busy. Stalls everywhere, packed with people and all the vendors telling you “special price for you”. We have to admit that we had our first burger that night, partly because we had both been sick lately and needed a change. Moreover, Mike’s burgers is a famous place “converting vegetarians since 1977” :-).
The next day we went to Royal Flora 2006 which is a huge flower show in honor of the King that last 3 months. It is so big, it takes many hours to go through it. It was really cool except for the fact that this time Marj was mostly sick. But still got to enjoy it.
In Chiang Mai, you can’t walk a 100 meters (in the touristy area) without someone trying to sell you a trek up North to ride elephants or see the long-neck ladies. We briefly considered it but because we only had one day, it seemed a bit much: drive for 3 hours, ride elphants, take a bamboo raft down the river, drive more to go see the long neck ladies, go see waterfalls, go see an Orchid farm, and drive back for 3 hours, all in one day… we thought it might be pushing it.
But because we still wanted to do something touristy, we went to a dinner and show at the cultural center. Despite the fact that Roger thought it was going to be “a rip off only for foreigners”, he had to admit that the show was pretty good.
We had decided to just take it easy the next day and just hang out. We went for a nice Thai massage. Shortly after that, Rog was hit again by a bug and was very sick. It did not move from the hotel room from 3pm that afternoon until we left for the aiport the next morning at 11:00. Very rough… Ah, the joys of travelling!