EYE IN THE SKY - Remote places whispering tales of a wanderlust. Travels in Madagascar, Brazil, Peru, the Seychelles, Bhutan, Maldives, Fiji, UAE, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Brunei, India, Bangladesh, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Philippines, and then some.
This is a Philippine blogsite; a "journal" solely meant to document my travels. Cover photo taken in Ilafy, Madagascar.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Chiangmai, Pai and Indecisions
It was nice waking up late for a change. Weather in Chiangmai is lovely. Not too humid, hot; not too cold either. I woke up having to decide if I am to visit Chiang RAI today which is a good 3-4 hours by bus up north. The Golden Triangle area (Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and its notorious opium trade) sounds romantic, so I was reading about Chiang Rai from my lonely Planet while my friend Mario (from Germany) was at the bathroom. Then it says, "its more livable than visitable". That struck a chord. I mean, I was already a very happy man having succeeded in going to Sukhothai (a 6-7 hour ride Chiang Mai) yesterday. The temples were no great shakes, but it was interesting. Chiangrai has a single pagoda to speak of, but the bus fare is cheap - 520-baht return. I later decided to abandon the plan, and considered going with Mario to Pai - as long as there's a return trip in the evening, as I do have an early flight to catch back to Bangkok. My guesthouse (CM Bluehouse) is just 10-15 minutes from the airport by sangtheaew (20 baht).
As for now, after this internet thing (which I had no access for 4 days), we will proceed to the Airport Mall (there's a Robinsons store) and look for a camera repair center. Breakfast too. I am famished.