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Thailand-Travelogue  |  Travel time: September 2005 - March 2006  |  by Matthew Audley

More from the bureau of Catherine.: Chiang Mai: ...continued...

Day 18 ended with an herbal sauna, as it turned out. I don't think it's something i would do again but it was definitely noteworthy. Lots and lots of interesting smelling steam, not so much heat. Rather hard to breathe. It's like being basted with strange spices for half an hour. Left me lightheaded but... refreshed? could be. Afterwards there was a beer and a quick flight to bed.

Day 19 we managed to do things. Things!

Up late, as has become fairly usual, and breakfast of muesli with fresh fruit and home-made yoghurt down the street, as has.. ALSO become rather usual. (You can tell me need to move on with all this usualness.)

After the usualness, we went to see Wat Chiang Man, which was right near our hostel but we'd managed to neglect seeing it for a long time nonetheless.

Surprinsingly, I fuond there was a lot of new styles or art and architecutre to see here, as well as some amazing sounds coming from the bells hung all around the buildings here. I'm bringing a whole boatload of these bells home, i swear.

Elephants at Wat Chiang Man.

Elephants at Wat Chiang Man.

Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man

There was also a woman selling sparrows for you to release "for good luck" and i don't think it's culturally insensitive of me to find that wrong wrong wrong.. Some of the Wats had cryptic signs about how purchasing animals for release something something... encourages them to afflict the animals. I suppose that's what it was about.

In other news, there was a really cute puppy.

Speaking of culturally insensitive, our next stop was MINI-PUTT out in the middle of nowhere. So there was a desperately long hike with moments of doubt through some pretty third-world looking neighbourhoods, but we made it.

It's a mini golf course themed by country, you see. And it seemed pretty spectacular in the brochure. It was ever so cheesy, as expected. I have no real complaints, and it was a close game, though i came out the winner by three strokes or so.

Here we are BACK IN CANADA. Ah, yes, it's good to be home. I'd like to note that the sign even admitted there were no penguins in Canada. Also, we were pretty well the same hole as SWITZERLAND..

It's like we're already back home!

It's like we're already back home!

i just like the way this shot makes me look like a giant.  A surly giant (as if there's any other kind.)

i just like the way this shot makes me look like a giant. A surly giant (as if there's any other kind.)

While we were out there we checked out the CARREFOUR super mega sells everything store. It's a lot like any other you've seen, expect they have products like razor clam anchovy past and popeye cereal - don't worry, i have pictures.

my european style popeye cereal ad.

my european style popeye cereal ad.

After the ridiculous dusk hike back, we hit the Pad Thai stand we seem to have become regulars at. This guy, the funkmaster, makes the best pad thai on earth and it comes with this spicy/sour/vinegary sauce that just makes it that much better. After i heaped it on and then added more dried chillies he was moved to comment on how much i loved spicy food. Still, this guy is the pad thai superfunkmaster.

This lead quickly to a heineken and a restful sleep.

Our dusk hike back.  Note the x-files sky. the truth IS oot there.

Our dusk hike back. Note the x-files sky. the truth IS oot there.

Alright, his real name is Chaisiri, and he's sideways.  Still funky.

Alright, his real name is Chaisiri, and he's sideways. Still funky.

Day 20 was another of the "how do we fill these days so easily?" days. I don't know what we did. Some reading, some writing - the traditional funkmaster pad thai. Played an hour of video games in there somewhere. We walk around a lot. I don't seem to mind it too much.

© Matthew Audley, 2005
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The trip
 
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Leaving for bangkok on Sept. 12. Where we go from there is anyone's guess. Hoping to see Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos. Be back in six months or so if everything goes well. There really isn't much of a route planned - we'll see what happens.
Details:
Start of journey: Sep 12, 2005
Duration: 6 months
End of journey: Mar 19, 2006
Travelled countries: Thailand
Canada
Laos
Vietnam
Cambodia
Southeastern Asia
Malaysia
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Matthew Audley is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 13 years.
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