|It's been almost a month since Carol
and I left Saskatchewan, stopping first in Vancouver, then off to Bangkok,
Thailand, and then on the train up to Chiang Mai. Our highlight for
last week was a little trip down to Sukhothai,
the ancient capital, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Chiang Mai is surrounded by mountains, and it almost reminds me of the
Fraser Valley in B.C. Mind you, the only trees I recognize are palms
and bamboo. Teak is quite prevalent here, but I’ve not yet figured
out what it looks like. Also, there are over a thousand species of
orchids grown in Thailand, so they’re everywhere, including in the table
settings at many cafés.
There are lots of other international travellers here (Gringos, as I
initially referred to us, but in Thailand we're known as Farang) and there's
plenty to explore.
October 7 -- Our plan is to head off later today to Chiang Khong,
where we'll overnight and then cross into Laos at Huay Xai. There
we'll catch a boat down the Mekong River for two days to Luang Prabang,
another city that happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site. We'll
be there till it's time to move on to Vientienne, the Laotian capital.
We figure to spend about two weeks in Laos, and then catch a bus over to
Vietnam around the 20th of October, and spend about a month there.
We'll see how it all works out.
out our travels in Chiang Mai