Phuket and Chaing Mai Ok I know maybe not the most direct route but I kept changing my mind
22.01.2012 - 25.01.2012 30 °C
It's been a while since I blogged, sorry ! so I'll try and catch up in a quick blog and to be honest remembering some of the nights not going into detail is probably a good thing.
I decided that to get to Laos I would fly rather than take the 2 day slowboat option or the bumpy bus which meant I needed to get to Chaing Mai or Bangkok so I decided CM. So I left Ao Nang on the ferry to get to Phuket for a couple of nights before my flight onwards from Phuket to CM. The weather was fantastic and the ferry empty so it was a very pleasant couple of hours in the sun until we reached Phuket and the heavens opened again and I was soaked through. I'm getting used to this now but will purchase one of those plastic poncho's when I next see one. I thought this was supposed to be the dry season in Thailand but hey ho you can plan all things except the weather.
I'd booked a slightly better hotel as after the skank -o-meter failures I was in need of some comfort and a bath tub for a few nights. Lucky me on arrival I was upgraded to a one bedroom suite free of charge and it was so nice I honestly could have cried. I found a bookshop to stock up on chickflicks and Boots the chemist for a mini pamper kit and that was me sorted for the next few nights so I thought. I'll fast forward very quickly past a few very drunken nights in Molly Malone's with some new friends from Ireland and Sweden which did involve a ping pong show and a 4.30am Mcdonalds.
Time to leave Phuket and Patong never to return I think and to head north to Chaing Mai. I arrived quite late at night and I was staying near Thapae Gate but on arrival my guesthouse seemed to be in the middle of nowhere and all the little streets were dark and looked unfriendly so I decided against going for a wander to get some dinner and went to bed early. This was the first time I wished I had someone with me to go out with, bit scary sometimes being on your own at night in a new place.
I only had one day in CM as I was flying to Laos the following day so I decided I would spend the day exploring the old city and the temples. I walked about 3 minutes up the lane from my guesthouse and found myself on the main road with willing tuk tuk drivers all with laminated pictures of the places they could show me. So I paid the nice man way too many bahts (300 scammed again !) to take me around the temples and a city tour ending up on the river. The Riverside was a lovely place to just sit and relax with a glass of wine after the hustle and bustle of the city. I walked for miles searching out places from my lonely planet book, I found a little boutique I was looking for and bought a new hat which caused much amusement during the day as several Japanese tourists approached me and asked to buy it !
Nice day, took lots of photo's not one of which truly show the beauty of these temples and little streets and by the evening I was exhausted so an early night but I will return back to CM as there is a lot I still want to see and do, maybe after laos.