Thailand, north and south

We’ve been busy since the King’s birthday. I’m writing now from Chaing Khong where we are staying at a guest house along the Mekong river. Tomorrow we will cross the border by boat and enter into Laos. I’m sad to leave Thailand, but excited for a bit more off-the-beaten path travel which I think Laos will offer. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to.

From Bangkok we travelled south to the island of Koh Phangan. Koh Panghan is on the gulf coast and closer to Bangkok than some of the places that were hit by the tsunami (the Andaman coast). We chose Koh Phangan in the hopes of learning to kiteboard, but unfortunately the wind didn’t cooperate–we only got as far as rigging the kite. All was not lost, however. We snorkelled (I’ve never seen so many fish) and had a bungalow literally 30 feet from the water. I also had a night out with “the boys–5 new British friends” to see a Muay Thai fight. A particular highlight was a massage in which I had three Thai women working out the knots I’ve accumulated from my incredibly stressful lifestyle.

After more than 24 hours of travelling by boat, bus and train we arrived in the Chaing Mai, a city located in the northern part of Thailand. It’s a city of about 1.5 million people that offers so much for so little. Our guesthouse cost less than $5/night and there is an incredible variety of restaurants. Bills rarely pass the $10 mark (for 2!). There is also a good deal of educational tourism–if you want to learn Thai massage or Thai cooking, this the place to do it. We opted to receive massages rather than learn how to give them, but we did attend a cooking class. It was located on an organic farm and we picked ingredients such as lemongrass and galangel before putting them to use. The food was great and the class is one of my favorite things I’ve done so far.

The next post will be from Laos where we will be spending Christmas and possibly New Year’s. Happy Holidays to all!

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3 Responses to “Thailand, north and south”

  1. Col Says:

    oops, ed.. hehe.. i wrote you a blog under sensory overload, so you need to go back and check it out ok!! merry christmas, off to pete’s “xmas sweater party” haha.. well take plenty of pics!

  2. Auntie Annette Says:

    Hi Ed,
    Still on the trip with you and Courtney and loving it! I know that you are missed in Minnesota but your spirit is with all of the family. We even feel it in Miami!
    We leave Sunday for Sun Valley for Snow and Fun!
    Seems Clotilde and Michael are expecting baby #3 in early July. This is exciting news and we have so much to be grateful for.
    Talk to you soon. Keep safe and enjoy each adventure.
    Love you and love to Courtney.
    Auntie

  3. adam Says:

    Ed remember to update your fantasy lineup….merry christmas or happy mountain yak day, whatever they celebrate out there

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