Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Overnight in Chiangmai

Even if we hadn't ridden an elephant (more on that in a later blog), the Chiangmai province would still have been the most memorable of all the locations we visited while in Thailand.

We joined a group of eight other people (two Australians, two Canadians, two Germans, and two Japanese) on our trek. We traveled up the side of mountain, through several village communities.

The people who live there, including those we stayed overnight with, apparently use no electricity, but then again, who needs electricity when you have your own monkey?

Not to mention your own pig, which you can keep tied to your house.

We were led on our trip by Paul, a local who speaks English (and even a little Korean) and remains thin spry from his many adventures hiking trips through the woods, despite being a 42-year-old chain smoker. The villagers cooked for us, and we left the next day to return to the city of Chiangmai, which is kind of resembles a suburb of Orlando in many ways.

One thing that would make the suburbs of Orlando more interesing, however, would be a bunch of signs written in funny-sounding English.

"What are you, what what, what what..." It just doesn't have the same ring to it.

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