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

day 11 - To Lampang

Day 11 we awoke with the intention of seeing this city. But it was then that we began to suspect the curse at work here. Still didn't feel like doing much of anything, and we looked in vain for a decent breakfast.

We elected instead to cut our loses and spend the day on the train - six hours to Lampang.

This six hour train ride is longer than the last - more like 7. The terrain changes drastically as we go, moving from the flatlands of central Thailand into the hills of the North, passing, often at a crawl, though genuine jungle.

We arrive in Lampang at 7:30 and took our FIRST TUK-TUK. Yes, i still hate them, but we had no choice. No choice, i say. Here is the photographic evidence.

Look how happy i am to be taking the magical tuk-tuk.  And note the robot shirt - it's a traditional thai design dating back 300 years.

Look how happy i am to be taking the magical tuk-tuk. And note the robot shirt - it's a traditional thai design dating back 300 years.

We checked into a very nice place in Lampang, roomy with hot water shower and lots of wood.

Day 12, we checked out what Lampang has to offer. Not much, as expected we were only to stay one night.

We spent the day hiking out to the Medicinal Herbs and .. umm.. something something conservatory. I'm not sure it was worth the long hike down the brutally hot highway, but it beats taking a tuk-tuk, eh. It did smell really good there, at least, and we took a barefoot "health walk" on jaged stones of different shapes and sizes. Personally, i enjoy this sort of thing, but i'm not sure about its health benefits. Oh, and catherine got a fancy pants facial of some sort.

Really, this place smelled better than it looked.

Really, this place smelled better than it looked.

After hiking it back into town, we visited yet another market and headed to the Riverside restaurant for beer and, yes, pizza. It was a really good pizza, too.

I believe that takes us to Day 13. Not much happened today. We chose a brutal hike with fully loaded packs to the train station instead of a tuk-tuk and headed to Chiang Mai, where i find myself now. It's the end of the train line and hopefully we'll be here for a while.

Don't know what i think just yet. We took our third tuk-tuk (and a super sketchy one at that, i wasn't too convinced we'd get where we wanted to go) to the "Your House" GH. Seems pretty nice, but the woman at the desk is ... odd.

Chiang Mai seems to have more white people than any place we've been yet, sometimes i'm scared i'm back in leaside.

We'll see, though. And if we don't like it, we'll move.

Here's one of many cute stray kittens i keep photographing.

© Matthew Audley, 2005
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The trip
 
Description:
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
The Author
 
Matthew Audley is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 13 years.
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