Chiang Mai II

Having settled in Chiang Mai, we met Liam, a lone traveller from Eastbourne and effectively adopted him. We went and met Ayesha from the coach ride here to do a quiz at an Irish bar and I surprised myself with getting a fair few answers right! I don’t even know how we ended up at Zoe bar but it happened and some Thai vodka was consumed. Big mistake. Vodka at home isn’t my friend and here even less so.

The next day was a write off, I felt sick, tired and homesick. We sat in the hostel garden to rest, recuperate, read and play with the cat.

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Some people even managed to sleep:

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In the evening we got some food from a place where you dangle your legs through the rafters.

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They sold some interesting foods, including serpent head soup and a dish we couldn’t figure out: ‘spicy white Jew’.

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I settled on chicken with fried rice, not wanting to eat Sam’s ancestors.
I meant to have an early night but got involved in a very international pool game. British, German Syrian, Chinese and Thai competing with and against each other with Rob, an English guy that runs the hostel coaching us.

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Then we moved on to teaching the Thai guys rummy, with varying results.

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There are the most wonderful bananas here hanging on bunches that you can help yourself to. I was so glad to get some proper fruit in me, having been cautious of the street sellers and their fruit washing techniques.

Today we went to the temple on the hill via an extremely windy road up the mountain. It was so high, we were above cloud level and I felt really dodgy – altitude sickness!

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We climbed 306 steps to reach the main temple, no mean feat!

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It was well worth the climb and the fear! Pictures can’t do this place justice in the slightest.

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The temple is one of 12 special temples in Thailand, each representing one zodiac year so it is widely visited by Thai and tourists alike. The main pillar is soon going to be wrapped with a robe and we were invited to write our names on the orange material.

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The temple is situated here as an elephant had a Buddha relic attached to it and it walked for 3 days to this point, stopped and died here and that’s where they decided the temple should be!

It’s been a great day and hopefully tomorrow we’ll go and see the tigers! Tonight we’re seeing Ayesha again with Alex, a girl from the hostel too. Oddly, we’ve all met separately but know each other. It truly is a small world of South East Asia backpacking!

A huge red bug just fell on my head
so I’m done now!

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