Pai!

Pai (pronounced bye) is the furthest place north we will go. After a 3 hour journey up, down and through mountains, 762 turns in total, we arrived in a tiny little Thai village. After the busy cities it was so peaceful, quiet and tranquil. We stayed in a bamboo hut… It was … okay (see accommodation page for full review). We hired a moped and drove round the windey roads visiting the natural hot springs (you could boil eggs in the hottest spring!) and the amazing canyon! Small, high intertwining paths made up the canyon. In the open heat it was a desert!
The following day we took a cooking class. Brilliant! We are now official pros at Thai cooking! We ate a ridiculous amount of food and then went to a thai boxing afternoon. It was tough! And really confusing but lots of fun. In the evenings we would wander round the night market eating the yummy street food.
After a short stop over in Chiangmai (with a very poorly Doyle) we’ve made it to sukhothai… It seems veeeery quiet… So quiet that at 9pm we’re back at our hut (urghhh last ever one!) watching a film… We’ll let you know how we get on 💜

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Chiangmai!

A complete change from Bangkok.

Chiangmai is a lovely city, it doesn’t smell, there aren’t people trying to sell you something every 5 minutes and tuktuks take you to your destination not to their uncles shop!

There is so much to do in Chiangmai, we spent 5 days here and could have spent longer! We elephant rode, bamboo rafted, jungle trekked, visited hill tribes, zip lined through the jungle, saw white temples, hot springs, the golden triangle and lots of markets! The night bazaar is a big outdoor market at night time in Chiangmai. It is brilliant! We both wished we’d come with empty rucksacks so we could have filled them here! We’ve both got a bit tired of only eating different variations of rice and noodles so have sought more western food but throughout chaingmai noodles or western the food has been good. As it was also my birthday we spent a day shopping and experience a thai massage. Brilliant experience, though a little painful. Chiangmai has a strip of 100+ bars that we found we ended up at most nights, although we were quite civil all week. On our first night wandering the night bazaar we stumbled across a cabaret show. This was strangely very entertaining though a little confusing!

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Bangkok!

We have spent our first few days traveling and survived woo! We have visited many temples, seen lots of Buddhist, tried some strange food and drink concoctions, had a lot to drink on kao San road, watched a ping pong show (you only ever need to do this once scarred for life!), had some crazy rides in tuktuks, been taking into “my uncles suit shop” twice, seen a floating market, bargained prices, met some cool Italians and Americans, went to the sky bar (hangover 2), actually spent time lying by a pool (all be it a few hours) and just generally experienced as much as we can! Off now up to Chiangmai to see elephants, white water rafting, see temples and beautiful scenery. Hopefully it smells a lot better than Bangkok!

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