Bangkok to Chiang Mai

After picking up Andrew, Per, and Myke at the airport, we spent one day in Bangkok seeing the sights and shopping for new Rolecks watches. But after about 2 hours of the hustle and bustle of the city, we all agreed that it was time to get out of dodge.

We caught a 14 hour overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the north. The was a nice ride with airconditioned cars and realtively realistic sleeping conditions. Still not adjusted to the time change yet (or maybe just because I am a natural early riser), I was up at 6:00 am watching the country side pass us by. There were rice fields galore with the occasional village of tin roofed huts. That quiet peaceful ride with the wind blowing in my face (the dining car, wasn't ACed) is currently vying for highlight of the trip for me.

So now we are in Chiang Mai. Yesterday we pretty much did the city: night market, day market, temples, etc. etc. This morning, we leave on a 2 day/1 night trek into the jungle (what is the technical difference between jungle and forrest anyway?). The trek is to include a visit to native villages, elephant rides, a trip down the river on bamboo rafts, and (this is what I am really excited about) a stop at a few waterfalls! It should be a good time.

So I had better go get packing. Sorry for the picture-less post. While traveling with the boys, I'm pretty much leaving the photodocumentary stuff to them. So far, they are doing a great job. I'll steal a couple from them for my next post. Also, be sure to follow what there is to follow over at while Andrew and I are traveling together.
Tuesday September 19 2006File under: travel, Thailand

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on Tue 19th Sep, 2006 02:24 pm PDT Saxtor said:
Wren, are you an international spy who used a job as a javascript programmer as a cover for your real job, toppling southeast asian countries? I really don't know much about what's going on, but hopefully your trip will be uneffected.
on Tue 19th Sep, 2006 11:10 pm PDT horge said:
Wow! You've got some awesome timing, dude! Gettin' the hell out of dodge before the local sheriff's deputies decided to take over. Hope y'all stay safe. And flaunt your foreign-status if it proves necessary!
on Wed 20th Sep, 2006 12:05 pm UTC Trista said:
so a.. while ya'll were out playing in the woods... Bangkok went coup-coup coup-coup!
on Wed 20th Sep, 2006 01:47 pm UTC Sara said:, yeah, how is Thailand? Hope things are ok.

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