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Dec 29, 2010 - A Volunteering Christmas !

Sunday saw me leave Don Khong island and head back north to Pakse on a bus full of friendly locals. Once in Pakse, I picked up a high tech bike (not!) and headed for the Ban Saphai village which is known for its beautiful textiles. This was an interesting trip along some dusty back roads, with the locals surprised to see a "falang" cycling by. That evening, I jumped on a VIP night bus (including double beds !!) 12 hours north to capital Vientiane, where I hoped to secure my working visa for Thailand at the local consulate. Arriving just...

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Jul 27, 2010 - Der Doi Tung und Mae Sai

Nachdem wir in Chiang Rai alles Sehenswerte abgegrast hatten, haben wir uns nochmal fuer einen Mietwagen entschieden. Ueber unser Guesthouse konnte man fuer etwa 25 Euro einen Jeep mieten und blauaeugig wie wir waren dachten wir das waere eine gute Idee... Das Ding hat sich als uraltes, ungefedertes Blechding herausgestellt, das mind. 15 Liter auf 100 km verbraucht und und nicht mehr als 70 kmh fahren konnte. Ausserdem war es so eng und klein, dass wir uns beide Rueckenprobleme (wir werden aelter) und Quetschungen geholt haben. Um das ganze...

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Apr 8, 2010 - Mae Sai/Tachileik.

8 April. One of main reasons of this mini trip to Chiang Rai Province was that I must go out of Thailand one more time, because of visa rules and Mae Sai is the closest border crossing. For the moment I am only aloud to be here in Thailand until the 13:th of April, but my flight don’t go until the 21:th of April, so for the moment, I am missing 8 day’s. When I go out of Thailand and returns, I will have 15 new days, which is more than enough for me. To get to Mae Sai, took me two hours by bus. The paperwork at the bridge went smooth and...

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Apr 19, 2009 - Golden Triangle.

19 April. This is the very last day of my whole trip, which I don’t have plans or program for. I decide to do a day trip to the Golden Triangle in the most northern of Thailand. The trip started early morning from Chiang Mai. First stop was a hot spring, not so interesting, but the stop gave me enough time to have a quick breakfast. The second stop was outside of Chiang Rai, the White Temple a rather new attraction, which I never knew or heard about before. Very beautiful place, the whole temple all in white. The third stop was at a place...

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Aug 2, 2008 - Myanmar Border - Mae Sai

Our next stop of the day after lunch was at Mae Sai - the border crossing into Myanmar and the place where Callum and I were going to have to cross the border to renew our visa. This was a smooth and pain free situation. Our tour guide took us and two others who needed to do the same to the passport control where we were stamped out of Thailand. We walked over the bridge and took in a surprising site - the river running through the streets of Myanmar! Beneath the bridge obviously due to the season, water was running through at such a speed,...

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Thailand/Laos 2008

Apr 21, 2008 - Mae Sai beats the Golden Triangle, hands down.

Well, today we went to the Golden Triangle, the corner where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) meet at the Mekong River. The Mekong River looked nothing more special than the Ohio River; if anything, filthier. We did not cross the boarder to Laos or Myanmar (mostly because Americans are not allowed to visit Myanmar), but had a great time watching the people simply live their lives. Mae Sai has remained largely unnoticed by tourism, so there were many locals trading from Myanmar and even China as it is only 120 km away. All in all, it was...

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Jan 19, 2008 - Mae Sai/Burma Laos Thailand One afternoon

3 countries 1 afternoon today. We took a tour today tht allowed us to reset our Thai visas in Mynamar. You are allowed 30 days in Thailand before you need to leave and re-enter. Basically we walked across the bridge paid $10 for our stamp and walked back into Thailand. From there we went to the Golden Triangle one of the opium capitols of the world. Thailand has effectively stamped out production but Mynamar and Laos continue to produce. We took a longtail boat from the Golden Triangle up into Mynamar again and came back and visited a...

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Oct 17, 2007 - Mae Sai

Citta' di confine, il Myanmar dall'altra parte di un fiume largo dieci metri... La citta' e' tutto un mercato, impressionante, gigantesca. Colorata, incasinata... cibi strani. Ora sono in internet point circondata da bambini tailandesi che giocano a sparatutto... Ciao, Gio

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My trip Gio...urnal

Mar 15, 2007 - Northern Thailand day trip

March 15th - Northern Thailand Tour On route to Chang Khong to start our Mekong river trip, we decided to join a small tour that was headed up that way. A full day of exploring (by air-con van that is) took us north past Chiang Rai to Mae Sai (which is the most northerly tip of Thailand). Along the way we visited the 'White Temple' (a modern 'artsy' creation), saw some wild monkeys and walked around Mae Sai (of course did some bargain shopping at the Myanmar (Burma) border where there was gobs of "stuff" mainly from China (brought down...

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Dec 13, 2006 - A bad day for Ella

Breakfast, travelschool and the desperate discovery that Ella left her Nintendo DS light at the street restaurant last night. Not much chance of getting it back then ! She is devastated. We decide, on the offchance, that we will plan to call in on the street vendor when she sets up her stall in the evening. In the meantime, we drove west to the Golden Triangle, which is where the borders of Burma,Laos and Thailand all meet. It's just a tourist zone now but was once a den of drug barons trading opium across the borders. We took a long tail...

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Oct 21, 2006 - Chiang Rai/ Burma/ Laos

Today was PACKED! Jess (poor thing) was super sick so I did this leg solo... (The Golden Triangle: Thailand/Burma/Laos) I went to the Northern most tip of Thailand, Chiang Rai! It was beautiful... Checked out a temple ( I hate that I forgot the name)! It was ALL white with mirror all over... In Chiang Rai, I also visted some dfferent tribes! The Akha tribe were singing when our group arrived! I took a picture with a few of the women and I was taller by a good foot. I felt massive! We later walked to see the long neck people. They were so...

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Jun 28, 2006 - Jason & Sarah Burma/Myanmar Border Run

Just a quick over night trip to renew our Visa at the Mai sai border... But this gave Sarah and Jason a chance to be able to say they had been in Burma....right in the heart of the Golden Triangle. We found this great resort on the way back, very pretty....The resort was built around a series of canals....lots of native plants and flowers. We tried to go to some caves in the area but it was the wet season and they were closed because of too much water in the caves...next time! While we were in Myanmar we did just a bit of shopping,...

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