Chiang Mai was a refreshing change after spending those first few intense days in Bangkok. Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand, but it has the energy of an alluring small town. The streets are buzzing: filled with both locals and tourists, food stalls, and merchandise of all sorts. The roads are jammed with songthews (public transportation trucks), motorbikes, tuk tuks, and cars; crossing them like that old Atari game of frogger. But Chiang Mai is also filled with winding quiet back alleys, beautiful flowering plants, and excellent food everywhere you turn. With over 200 temples in the city, it is hard not to bump into one as you walk.
It feels good to be completely unaware of what day of the week it is. Yesterday, Kelly asked me what day it was…I had no idea. We’ve managed to cover a bunch of ground since I posted last. At the moment, we’re about five days into our stay at a lodge in northern Thailand. I think we have about five more here before our next adventure. Or is it seven?
This “electronic journal” (refusing to admit I’m blogging) is serving more than one purpose. Of course, it is fun to share bits of our experience with friends and family through the words and photos logged here. I, however, have recognized over the years that memories do fade. In order to preserve a few, as my ability to remember decays, I’m excited to selfishly document. This “computerized memoir” fits the bill, it is my brain’s hair tonic. So, in order to keep things in order, I will back up.
We departed Bangkok by train two nights ago, destination Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is a city in the north of Thailand, about 450 miles inland (north) from Bangkok. The trip took about 13 hours & all managed to get some rest through the night. We were steaming along through the mountainous jungle at sunrise. Everything is so new and exciting over here, I’m almost afraid to blink in fear of missing something.