october 8-29, 2004
i had been thinking to see chiang mai, second largest city in thailand,
located at the north, near to laos and myanmar (burma) borders.
i was then planning and planning, but finally gave up...
so i just bought lonelyplanet guides, grabbed a ticket to chiang mai,
packed my things, and left to chiang mai.
i ended up backpacking for 3 weeks in 3 countries, most of the time i
travelled alone; except when i was in mandalay - myanmar, i joined a couple
from austria and a girl from spain. four of us shared rooms and a taxi to
get around mandalay.
when i was in luang prabang - laos, in some occasion
i travelled with a british guy, we even explored the town by bicycle...
here's some photos:
golden triangle - thailand
mae sai - thailand
after white water rafting - mae tang river, up to grade 4
taxi in mandalay - myanmar
our tour guide and driver in mandalay; kyaw zin, we called him 'jason'
he's knowledgeable, helpful and speaks good english
i'd recommend him if someone needs a tour guide in mandalay
he usually hangs around ET hotel - 129A 83rd street, mandalay.
i wouldn't recommend the hotel, though.
my travelling buddies squeezed in the taxi
from left to right: michael, heidi and marta
mingun paya - 1 hour boat ride from mandalay
built by king bodawpaya in 1790, the work halted in 1819, since he died.
leaving a huge brick base; 50m in height, only a third of the intended height.
drug dealers in action
carrying my backpacks in the street of yangon