As I was running low on time before my flight to South Africa, I opted to fly from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai, rather than take the slow (and noisy) river boat.
Chiang Mai felt like Bangkok transplanted in the north. All the tourist-oriented businesses were present: tourist agents ready to book every activity in the region, internet cafes, hostels, and lots of cooking schools. Plus, I was back in the land of 7-11's.
I spent a week in Chiang Mai, and that included a 3-day, 2-night hill tribe trek which was a mixed bag. For me, hanging out with tigers, learning to cook authentic Thai food, and shooting a machine gun were more fun. I now recommend that people go on a hill tribe trek in northern Laos for a more authentic, less developed experience.
- Landing in Chiang Mai
- Thai Cookery School
- Dare #15 – Completed – The Art of Muay Thai Boxing
- Befriending Tigers
- Video of Tiger Cubs
- Soldier of Fortune – shooting my first machine gun
- Day 1 – Hill Tribe Trek
- Day 2 – Elephant Rides
- Day 3 – Whitewater Rafting
- Thailand – It's a Wrap
Next week, we leave Asia behind for South Africa!