Temples, huts and a brush with Burma!
We really should update this a bit more often as it's been a busy couple of weeks...but you know what they say, a picture speaks a thousand words so... read on....
Cambodia: After Phnom Penh we moved North West to the town of Siem Reap from which we could visit the temples of Angkor Wat over the course of two days...At the first temple a certain torch bearer of the Hallybone name promptly lost his $40 ticket thus having to journey back in our hired tuk tuk to buy another one! Tickets are for wives!!
The entrance to our favourite temple. Overtaken by the gigantic roots of the forest trees, this is the place we had pictured in our minds...
Roots and Culture!
One of the faces on the side of the Bayon temple
After leaving Siem Reap we all travelled to the Thai border in an old beast of a bus along the busiest and worst maintained roads in Cambodia. Conspiracy theorists claim that the airlines pay the government to keep it in this state so that more people choose to fly. Nice.
Back in "The Land of Smiles" the going was a lot smoother back to Bangkok.
We spent two days here with Kate and Rich..during this time we went to the Red Cross Snake farm...one of only two in the world trivia buffs! (The second being in Peru)
In Thailand to be wrapped in a python for a while will bring good luck upon a marriage!
At the bottom of street cuisine. My little cockroach friend lying dead on his stir fried back!
To Chang Mai! (North)
A painful nightbus from Bangkok took us to Thailands second largest city. The inviting Chang Mai. Here we decided to take a cookery course that was recommended by my sister...
The master at work!
After a brief stay, we decided to move North again to Pai. We had a great journey, meeting some interesting new buddies along the way! Pai is a very laidback town that attracts a crowd not disimilar from the kind that can be found in the healing fields at Glastonbury....(hippies!)
Dinner at a thai "buffet" with some of the people we met.
Home is where the hut is ;-D
We decided to stay here longer than planned. During this time we hired a moped to explore the surrounding area, visiting hot springs, a canyon and an elephant called Me! We rode this magnificent beast for an hour bare back ending with a dip in the river!
Han gets a hosing down
I'm in a river in the woods but it feels like a bath! (A well needed one after the elephant).
The following day we embarked on a two day trek up to the Burmese border with a guide and two others. This was of the main reasons we came to Pai. Needless to say, we loved it and our guide Mr Somsuk was spot on and very funny!
The Burmese border in the next valley. At night we heard explosions coming from a battle between the government and the rebels!
A swim with Mr Somsuk!
Love to all. We'll try to update a bit sooner next time!