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Chiang Mai

semi-overcast 30 °C

That infamous phrase... 'I need a holiday after the holiday'... that’s how we were feeling by the end of Hong Kong. China couldn’t have been better but with so much to see there hasn't been a lot of time for relaxation. Cue: world's smallest violin. We haven’t exactly been lazing by the pool every day but we’ve taken it down a gear since we arrived in Thailand. Alberto is a Thai virgin but this is my third visit, and second in Chiang Mai. There are so many reasons to visit this country. Great weather, food, people, culture, activities etc. the list goes on. And you can barely spend your money it’s so cheap. A one hour full body massage for five Euro? Oh my Buddha! Here's what we've been up to...

A night Safari… get up close and personal with giraffes, tigers, hippos, rhinos and so on as well as some unusual animals we haven’t seen before. It was difficult to get good photos as no flash is allowed, and rightly so. However, the night time setting makes it more fun, and the animal enclosures are much larger than any zoo.

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There's also a light and water show while you're there and randomly, two camp cabaret acts. It's not officially advertised as drag but the girls were only short of having a wind machine on stage. Answers on a postcard.

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Thai cooking class... we prepared four dishes each. Asian Jamie Oliver eat your heart out.

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Ziplining… we got the chance to be monkeys for an afternoon. Great views up here too.

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An obligatory temple. Rude not to.

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Aside from the above, we’ve been sleeping in, watching movies, indulging in cheap massages, visiting the night markets, playing cards and having a few drinkies. Stick Chiang Mai on your hit list the next time you're in Thailand. Today we take a bus three hours north to the neighbouring town of Chiang Rai.

Posted by mattld 09:16 Archived in Thailand

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