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North Thailand bus trip (Aussie and Thai - Dec 2009) 5 days incl photos and Video
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Our group comprises the Staff of Centre of Thai Law, offices in Phuket and Pattaya and AusWaThai (Perth and Bangkok)
I show a brief description and expand on the details soon.
Travel Thailand - it truly is an amazing place and so are the people 

Link to Photo album and videos are at the bottom of this article

 

05/12/2009 -  1am meet at Suwanapumi Airport and drive to Chiang Mai district

07.30 stop in province of Trak, visit some friends for morning tea

11.00 Jomthong District (Chaimai) - stop for lunch
14:30 Phra Mahathat Napametanidon and Phra Mahathat Napapolphumisiri (Doi Intanon)  (website) (Doi is Thai for Mountain Top)
The monuments honor of the King and Queen of Thailand. I don't know how they get all this material to the mountain tops

18.00 Krisdadoi camp grounds (website). very large, beautiful family camp grounds, tents or bungalows
The venue hosted a birthday party for a large family re union on the same night of the King's birthday so loud celebrations

 

06/12/2009 hung over ....

10.00 Oueen Sirikit Botanic Garden  (website)
wonderful tourist venue - 70 acres of exhibitions . you need all day!!

11.00 Doi Suthep Temple - (website)
stunning views and culture - you need all day here

15.00 The Rock Resort - Maehongson.   (website)

The drive to Maehongson (the rock resort) is through the mountains, winding roads. Our drivers have turbo skills so it's like being in a roller coaster ride

20.00  Dinner - the location very cold and we enjoy our party around the camp fire. The resort is on the river in the mountains..

 

07/12/2009

10.00 visit Pai (website), shopping - many things to do in Pai - quite famous tourist destination

13.00 lunch visit the famous "coffee in love" look out venue

17.00 mountain views and the mountain people

19.00 dinner at the Rock Resort.
The rock resort is located right on a river. The resort offers accommodation in Bungalows or tents (it's so cold I can't believe they can sleep in tents). 

In keep with Thai style, being up late an making a lot of noise does not draw complaints .. if you are "happy" so are they? 

 

08/12/2009

10.00 depart for Chiang Rai stop at many places the way!

18.00 arrive to Chiang Mai

19.00 Dinner - local restaurant in Chiang Rai
here the girls don't say "kaa" they say...

20.00 visit local shopping bizarre

21.00 local Disco - 3 of the people in our group celebrate their birthday .. (the girls are jealous because the kaetoys look so beautful (haa haa))

02.00 finish
 
I really liked the old fashion Thai Hotel (made of wood) but the thai's are scared because of ghosts.. the hotel is stunning with history but no doubt .. the floors creak but it is so amazing in design and craftmanship

 

 09/12/2009

10.00 hungover again
Mae sai  - shopping
Mai sai is across the boarder, everything is very cheap .. but so is life ....  if you are a keen shopper you can handle the pushing sales people from the stalls. (up to you.. it's not thai style)

13.00 depart to Bangkok
long drive, many stops, share a lot of laughs and friendships with meals and visiting places

swamp more language skills on the bus and laugh about the adventures of our trip

10/12/2009
00.30 arrive to Bangkok
14.00 Thai team fly back to Phuket

The cost of a Mini van and driver is approx 1500 baht (aud$50) + fuel. If you have Thai friends sharing your adventure then you will save a lot of money on accommodation and shopping and of course have 1st hand introduction to Thai society as a Traveller not a Tourist... it makes a big difference.

link Photo album -
click here  all photos used in the video. The album includes personal albums, if you need help about this click here
The video clips below are low quality for quick viewing in youtube.  If you can not view them below, go to youtube (the tag words to search in youtube are "auswathai and saosao" (here is the link)).    The original videos are high quality, showing stunning pictures.     tips about saving your video download useage - click here

video 1 of 2

videos uploaded to youtube are maximum 10 mins.

this video is about 7mins and covers 1st half of the trip

video 2 of 2

this video is about 7mins and covers the 2nd half of the trip

if you like a section and want to know more, view the photo album or attach a question to this form article 



I'm very proud to have so many wonderful Thai friends aspects of their culture.

This video sums up the feeling!!!

The buddhism culture of kindness to others and the Thai culture of family and respect for elders is incredible. These elements are sadly lacking in our Western culture I hope we can re build Comminity values.. We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.


Around 800,000 Australians visit Thailand every year, most rush through the tourism facade, that's a start, maybe more will go the next step beyond the tourism facade and build friendships,  exchange some culture. We can all learn something from someone...  don't believe everything you read in the media!

WHAT DID I LEARN FROM THAI CULTURE?
Empathy..(
understanding and entering into another's feelings)

everyone (Thai) apologies, regardless of fault and lots of smiles.. so I can understand why there is little confrontation or violence and no Professional Indemnity Insurance.  in Western culture .. we have a fear that saying sorry  will be an admission of liability


www.auswathai.com - our websites help Aussie Travel Thailand and Thai travel West Australia

on our website we have a sub-site called "friends" club, it includes Hospitality club so you can meet people form another country for friendship and help host you around the area.. it's a great culture....

whats next
Songkran 2010 - April.  AusWaThai is tour hosting about 20 people from W.A. to Phuket for the Songkran Festival in April 2010, then onto Bangkok.  Here is the article


-- Edited by Sawasdee on Friday 30th of April 2010 11:52:45 AM

-- Edited by Sawasdee on Friday 30th of April 2010 11:54:42 AM

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