04.06.2013 28 °C
Wow 5 days left, the last time I wrote in this blog (a long while back) I was probably resting up on a beach in the south of Thailand on Koh Phi Phi. The trip until that part had definitely been one on a beaten path, full of touristy spots, crowded areas, and more Europeans than Thai folk. It was great and we had a blast but after about two weeks it had been enough, we were drained, partially homesick and needed a refresher.
Since that time we have flown to the northern most major city, that of Chang Mai and are now in the neighboring eastern province of Cambodia in Siem Reap, home of the largest temple, the Angkor Wat!
Chang Mai. Love that city. If i had to move to a place in Thailand the only one possible would probably be Chang Mai. The amount of local culture and the amazing vibe we felt from the city and its locals were unbelievable. For one, its cheap, like slave labour cheap. On several occasions I purchased a lovely pho dinner for a loonie, and it was pretty damn good! The best part was I had no idea what I was ordering. See Unlike Bangkok and the islands, no one here really cares to cater to the Westerners and put signs up in English, so its pretty much all sign language, told the lovely lady I wanted chicken and she cooked me up a mean dish that left my wallet happy. The second night all the hostel people went out and we must have played that game to see how many people can fit in the volkswagon except we rolled in a pickup truck in which there had to be at least 18 people, quite the experience. Unfortunately, after the second night the hostel was boooked and we had to scurry the city for another hostel. Walking on a random street across from the night bazaar we found an awesome hotel that gave us a hotel style air conditioned room for only $10! Not sketch at all, definitely our best bang for the buck yet.
Enough about that, the best part of Chang Mai had to be the extra curriculars. Day one consisted of visiting the tiger sanctuary where we got to pet and lie down on real tigers!!! Pics are up! This was followed by a visit to the ancient temples inside old city and the night bazaar at night. This bazaar was like none I had ever seen before, its like Gerrard street multilped by a very large number. Arts and crafts, massages, musicians, sketch artists, food food and more food than the eyes could handle! And the best part being that it was practically a follar store In that you could try everything you wanted to and your wallet would barely feel a pinch! My dessert for the night consisted of a mcdonalds ice cream cone, pure mango shale and two popsicles all for a lovely $1.50, my linda dessert. Day 2 consisted of a popular Jungle trek where we got to ride on elephants, feed
Them bananas, hike up on a crazy trek to a waterfall where we got to go swimming in the waterfall and finally end off with bamboo rafting with a captain that thought he was captain jack sparrow! Funniest locals ever.
All that adventure was balanced out from a 22 hour journey from chang mai using three buses and a tuk tuk (the first bus had massage chairs an tvs!) I am now sitting pooped on my bed in our guest house in siem Reap, Cambodia where we just had an awesome indian meal and a $4 one hour massage. Best $4 spent ever. The locals here are one step cooler than those of Chang Mai because they can speak quite good english which means they can now joke around and we understand it and vice versa, which makes the bargaining game double the fun. Mr Shah taught a local store clerk how to play rock paper scissors and beat her in a game in order to attain a discount on his goods, we had generated quite a crowd watching this simple spectacle!
Tommorow we're finally going to go and see these infamous temples! Until then, over and out!