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Thailand



Amazing, in a word. I spent two weeks in the north, one week in the south and a little over a week in Bangkok, but I probably could have spent several months here. Thailand is a wonderful place to visit, because it has just enough of the ammenities of home to make travel easy, but it is still undeveloped enough to make travel inexpensive. It also offers some of the most amazing scenery of any of the countries I've visited so far. If you've never been here, buy a ticket tomorrow.

Bangkok

Bangkok is located almost in the center of the Thailand and is Thailand's largest city, Chiang Mai in the north is second largest. The city is an exciting and hectic place and is easily overwhelming to new travelers. There are quite a few things to see here, such as the Grand Palace (From the King and I), Wat Pho (The reclining Buddha), Jim Thompsons House (famous American entrepenuer, gone missing), Golden Buddha (made of solid gold), and many many Wats.

Thailand's largest reclining Buddha at Wat Pho.

Reclining Buddha


Grand Palace


Grand Palace (Gnome)


Jim Thompson's House


Thai boxing cats

Chang Mai

Cooking class

First thing I did when I got to Chiang Mai was take a cooking class.

My papaya salad with tomatoe flower

Trekking

We took a trek up near Pai about 60km from the Burmese border.

Trekking to the waterfall


The trekking crew and Mr. Goo


Foot bridge


Warming thy ass


Singing in the hill tribes


It gets cold up in them there hills


Elephant dock


Elephant riding


Bamboo rafting


Nice

Around town

After the trek I decided to do a little sightseeing around Chiang Mai.

Left to right (Jezz, Sam, Briony, Raichel, Me, Helen)


Chedi Luang at sunset


Sketchy construction


Wat Chedi Luang


Artistic elephant

Doi Suthep


Entrance to Doi Suthep


Doi Suthep monk and bells


Doi Suthep


Buddha


Mountain biking

This is the coffee plantation we stopped at on our downhill mountain biking trip.

Coffee plantation


Mountain biking group, from left to right (Aidan, Tom, Alex, Me)

Rock climbing

Rock climbing is great in Chiang Mai and not as crowded as in Krabi.

Crazy Horse climbing


Taking a rest from climbing


Climbing Crazy Horse


Dried bamboo trees

Watched a Thai boxing match on my second to the last day, brutal.

Thai boxing

Doi Suthep


Entrance to Doi Suthep


Doi Suthep monk and bells


Doi Suthep


Buddha


Streetside bar, from left to right (Pep, Sam, Lou, & Jezz)


Rooftop raggae bar

I finally found my no Durian picture. Durian is a stinky fruit that they don't let into a lot of places, as you can see.

No Durian

Rai Leh

Rai Leh is an area near Krabi that is isolated along the water by towering limestone cliffs, which make it secluded, only reachable by boat and an excellent place for rock climbing.

Sunset at Tham Phra Nang


My hut in Rai Leh


My flaming dinner in Rai Leh


Fire dancers in Rai Leh


Rubber band soup

The climbing here is absolutely amazing, it's kind of bizarre to be climbing on a gigantic stalagtite a meter from the rock face, but incredibly cool. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that one.

Climbing in Ton Sai


Getting out of the water after a refreshing swim at sunset


Drinks on the beach


Ayelet, Noa and I


Above West Rai Leh

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