Saturday, April 16, 2005

Day 17 - Chiang Mai

I arrived to Chiang Mai this afternoon. The train ride was uneventful. Got to practice my Hebrew a bit with some Israelis. Other than that the only problem was that the train was a/ced to the bone. From the train station took a pleasant 2km walk to the guest house..

So far it seems to be a very pleasant place to spend a couple of months. The accomodations and the food are cheap. There are things to do with literally hundreds of different treks into the countryside to visit the various hill tribe villages in the area. There is even a self-improvement aspect of this town with courses being offered on various aspects of Thai culture - massage, cooking, language, others.. Its pretty strange to see a group of white people spend their vacation in thailand trying to learn thai cooking, but there it is.

Anyways, tomorrow I am taking a trek for 2 days which will involves riding on an elephant, rafting down a river, and obviously a bit of hiking. The cost of the entire thing including the admission ticket to the national forest, the tour guide and whatever else is 1470 baht, which is roughly $37.

And best of all, this damn water holiday is over.

I am off to see some temple and then try to find a nice pub to get a couple of beers..

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