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Thailand: Highlights

Our best moments in North Thailand.

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As we ate our yoghurts at Lampang bus station, John felt a sudden sharp familiar pain in his ribs. Turning to Karen she was pointing at the rest of the station’s occupants. In our hunger filled daze we hadn’t noticed the dramatic music that came on abruptly and forced everyone to stand in silence – […]

Elephunk

We got to the bus station and were faced with the choice of an expensive songthaew or take the local bus for pittance in half an hour. We chose the bus. This was similar to the buses in Kerala. No windows just frames and all old metal and hard leather seats. A woman told us […]

Wham Lampang thank you ma’am!

Another sneaky post!!! Lampang broke the journey back up to Chiang Mai. It was also the scene of Karen’s mad toilet dash during our stop on the journey to Sukhotai a few days earlier – who knew she could sprint! We had a dilemma. Stay near the bus station for a quick get away or […]

Hippy Hippy Shake

We have managed to tunnel under the Chinese Wall of Silence and can bring you some blog updates Sssssh! Transmission begins……… What happens when a bus has no suspension, is driven for 300km in the wrong gear and had dodgy tires? 6 hellish hours of our lives that we will never claw back! Oh and […]

Ready Steady Cook

  Probably the first cook school we have been to where everyone cooked different dishes. We had a choice of 6 dishes per course over 5 courses. The first course was a soup but a mini rebellion decided that we do Appetizers instead – wise choice. The Dynamic Duo wanted extra value for money so […]

Prisoners and Pad Thai

We arrived off the bus and before we knew it we were cajoled into a waiting TukTuk. As we debated the merits of this action, the heavens opened up so we were glad of the roof! We arrived at our destination a few minutes later. Funky Monkey Guesthouse lived up to its name with Monkey […]

If you go down to the woods today…

You are in for a huge surprise!!! We had heard of the Black House outside of Chiang Rai but did not know what to expect. We managed to get our guide to take us here in lieu of the waterfall and it was a great decision. The Black House (Bann Dam in Thai), is not […]

It’s a Trap!!!

As mentioned in our previous post we signed up for a half day tribal village trek/visit in the afternoon from the Hilltribe Museum. With 40 minutes before the tour started we scrambled for some lunch and as 1.30pm rolled around the clock we were ushered into a vintage Station-wagon and on our way to our […]

Temple of Bling

When the sun catches it, it shines bright like… Like a diamond! It’s covered with statues and steeples and surrounded by ponds and greenery. Take a closer look and the figures that adorn its walls and walkways are interestingly morbid, leering skills and tentacles. Unfortunately for us, an earthquake struck earlier that week and the […]

Land of 1000 Elephants

Just when we thought we had forgotten about the UK we arrived off the bus in Chiang Rai and across the street was a Boots and a Tescos!! Although to be fair they were made to rebrand as ‘Tesco Lotus’. Our Guesthouse, Grandma Kaew, was run by a Thai lady and her husband, who came […]

South of the Border I think you oughta*

*Sorry Robbie but we are going East of the border actually. —————————————————— We jumped out of bed and quickly packed up our bags and went down to reclaim our £40 deposit from the front desk. This was a hostel with delusions of grandeur. After our 4th attempt at negotiation we managed to get a sensible […]

Chinatown

Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown Inspired by our visit to the weekend market at Chattachuk we decided to spend our last full day in Bangkok in Chinatown and it’s sprawling maze of stalls and shops. It took us about an hour to reach The outskirts of Chinatown. Our first clues were the red lanterns and […]

Cha Cha Cha (tachuk)

After the full day of palaces and sight seeing, Karen was palaced out…this called for retail therapy. There was only one place to go on a Sunday in Bangkok, Chatuchak weekend market. Chatuchak is the largest market in Thailand and the world’s largest weekend market. Frequently called J.J it covers over 35 acres and contains […]

Palaces, Posers and Pad Thai

After a much needed lie in we set off on foot to the Grand Palace. After 10 minutes we wish we had got a TukTuk as it was hot hot! But no. We are travellers and not tourists so we continued á pied (as the French say). We eventually made it to the walls of […]