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Month: April, 2011

The Last of Thailand Reports

Chiang Mai, The Rose of the North……..

Northern Thailand is mountainous, green, lush, and bordered by Burma, Laos and Cambodia.  Our train ride left us in Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is one of three Thai cities contending to host the World Expo 2020.It has also recently positioned itself to become a Creative City and is considering applying for Creative City Status with UNESCO.

Chiang Mai formally became part of Siam in 1774, after the Thai King Taksin helped drive out the Burmese. Chiang Mai then slowly grew in cultural, trading and economic importance to its current status as the unofficial capital of northern Thailand, second in importance only to Bangkok.  Chiang Mia is known as the Rose of the North and is located in the broad fertile basin of the Ping River.

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One last Scooter sundown trip on Koh Phangon

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The Thailand Adventure Continues North

Will and I are on a flight, Air Asia to be exact.  We are flying from Suratthani Airport to Bangkok en route to Chiang Mai via overnight train after over two beautiful weeks on Ko Phagnan.  Our last five days were filled with sunshine, beautiful sunsets, exploring local cafes and hangouts , and meeting up with some of my old yoga peeps that are on the island working, playing, studying, or vacationing.  The island was a wonderful place to be in all its moods and climates.  We truly had time to decompress, relax, be still, party it up a bit, exercise, and take in the Thai hospitality.  Now we head north and just in time for the Thai New Year Festival called Songkran; a celebration that lasts for five days and involves large amount s of water.  Does anyone sense a theme here?





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Thailand Adventure Continues

Here we are, stuck in a massive storm on Ko Phagnan…..Ourselves and three others, Connie, Alex, and Daniel have all been stranded at our little seaside bungalows, The Dragon Hut.

No boats are leaving the island and no boats are traveling to the island.  Trees everywhere are uprooted.  Streets and stairways are flooded waterfalls, mud has replaced concrete and everything Will or I own is damp or soaking wet, even my hands look water logged, like I have been in a bath tub for hours relaxing, slowly letting the water devour me.  We have lost electricity and internet access several times over the last week.  We have had many candle lit evenings in the darkness; even the shrimp boats are gone.

Our German allies, Connie and Alex from Nuremberg, and Daniel from Berlin, are nearing the end of their vacation.  Connie and Alex have been coming to this island for eight years and said they have never experienced anything like this.  The Thai owner of the Bungalow expressed the same sentiment.  However, it seems these days; nothing is predictable, especially weather.

Fortunately, we have all maintained an upbeat and positive attitude and have tried to make the best of it.  All of us have spent a lot of time talking, playing cards, reading, writing, watching the rain and waves of the ocean, and eating the delicious Thai food that is readily available. Thank goodness for gas stoves and candles.  We have managed to take a few walks and a few uninviting scooter rides.  Will and I ventured out yesterday to check out the damage and flooding on Haad Salad and Haad Tien, our two local beaches.

We bought new ponchos and managed to take some interesting pictures.  I was planning on going to a Reiki training, but could not travel to the location.  I will say that our inability to travel anywhere on the island has made up for  the relentless pace we maintained prior to our trip to Thailand.  However, although we are being positive and patient, we are beginning to go a little stir crazy.  The storm cannot last forever.  Sun is on the horizon along with dry clothes, sunglasses, and perhaps a little snorkeling.  Right now, whether we like it or not, it is just one day at a time.

Thailand Storm

The waves keep crashing onto the rocks and shore.  The little Thai woman who runs the restaurant at the bungalows we have rented, tells me she has never seen the waves like this here before.  I suspect she understands english better than she let’s on and proceeds to add that she has worked here for many years.

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