24.11.2010 26 °C
Right now we're in Saigon, I went to a doctors finally because I was sweating while I was taking a crap and my ring is sore from wiping so much. I think it was called health clinic international - its near the cathederal anyway, walk to the road on your left if your facing the front doors and you cant miss it. i waited ten mins or so which is probably less than i'd wait at home even if i had an appoinment, and the doctor was pretty good, even though he was french.
Im actually surprised t say I liked Chiang Mai, it still has all the dirty shitiness of any developing country but if you can ignore that its not that bad. We chose Libra guest house from Kyoko's guide book, they had someone advertising at the station which I dont like but they werent that pushy and we got a free ride to the hotel, and it was a good room fan hot shower for 300baht. (its in the top right corner of the city wall) The room was nice enough I could actually imagine my mum staying there, not just scummy backpackers. They sorted us a car to the tiger sanctuary (which was good too, way better than the zoo) and back for 300baht, and even hooked us up with another couple who were going too so we could half the cost. And they sold us a 2day trekking tour, which has been the highlight of the trip.
I think it was 1800baht ~60dollars each . it was a bit shitty at first - you hit the cold waterfall while its still cold, then eta lunch and go to hot springs, which are nice, but would be better on the second day after the trekking. But once we started trekking we had the best time. We had a small group - there was only 2 other couples, and our guide Pe was great. We did elephant riding along the river banks and river the next morning, and I admit I thought I was going to die when P scared one of the elephants and they started running around and growling and just going a bit crazy. Then we drove a bamboo raft down the river and had a long truck ride home. riding in the back of a pick up is great for short distances, but it sucks when you wanna sleep. The food was great - lunch 1 was some veg soup and fried rice and fruit . dinner was a few curries cooked my P with rice and fruit. Day 2 breakfast was fruit with toast and tea, and lunch was egg and tofu pad thai and fruit again. It was all great and there was always loads left over.
We had some pretty good food in the city too. At the touristy night market, which isnt worth going to just sells the same crap as bangkok, we ate some soup and a dry noodle dish and fried veg that were farily average. better was the "food court" around one of the south gates to the city. cheaper and better food - kyoko had a red curry with rice and I had pork and brocolli (i think it was spinach or something though) over rice and some fried veg. Another night we just had a bit of alsorts from the local market north of the night market. which was all good just too much to choose. We got the best spring rolls from a lady who looks about 140 she had a stall on the road along the inside of the east wall. her sausages were crap though
The moral of the story is Chiang Mai kicks the shit out of bangkok