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22 December 2005

there have been incidents

i'm currently chilling in a net cafe in chiang mai in northern thailand after a transport day that began in bangkok at 0515 this morning. 0600 shuttle to the airport, 0945 flight delayed until 1030 from bkk to cnx, a relatively short taxi ride with becka [eng] from the airport to guesthouse number one, and then a twenty minute walk to guesthouse number two. i crashed for three hours and i'm now about to wander around in search of food. from what i've seen of the city so far, chiang mai operates at a much slower pace than bangkok. same friendly smiles.

i'm contemplating going out on a three day trek which will include an elephant ride, a bamboo raft ride down a river, and visits to several of northern thailand's hill tribes. there are a gazillion licensed trek operators on this street... makes the choice a little more difficult. the manager of my guesthouse told me that the treks that he operates head south from chiang mai because there have been incidents of trekking groups running into problems to the north near the burmese border (border patrol officers planting drugs, robberies, muggings, etc.). at least this narrows down my search a little: head north.

posted by paul on Thu 22 Dec 2005 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)


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