Meeting with the Chiang Mai
To Chiang Mai from Chiang Rai we travelled almost the whole day. Too bad it was wasted time, but it happened. First, we got up too late (I decided for once to sleep at a normal with the start of the trip). Second, a discharge from the hotel and reaching the old bus station in Central Chiang Rai , we were not rushed to sit on the first the next bus to Chiang may, and carefully looking around here went on a tuk-tuk to the bus station to collect information about the schedules and the buses including her. And when we got there (it was 11 hours), it became clear that there are tickets just for the bus in 15 hours. Of course, passing by a lot of local not air-conditioned buses in which you can jump, but assuming what the road lies ahead of us we decided this dubious pleasure to refrain. And not in vain. The road eventually turned out to be a solid streamer, and our bus driver just "Schumacher". We "sausage" in the back seat is not childish, imagine what would have been a trip by local bus. Well, it is true, time would be saved.
While we were waiting for the bus, decided to walk around the new bus station in Chiang Rai. Absolutely nothing to do there, but we sat a bit to eat at a local street cafe.
And as we've seen, the food in this place was much tastier than other clean, beautiful and more expensive cafe for tourists. So whether this is due to the fact that we were hungry, don't know, but the fact that we ate with pleasure, and for mere pennies (paid for two it was about 60 baht (currency of Thailand, the exchange rate), I don't remember exactly) – that's a fact.
Chiang Mai we met a small funny incident. From the bus station in Chiang Mai you can catch taxis in different areas of the city on fixed routes and ACC. fixed price. We decided, almost without knowing is still a new location to accept the offer of a driver to take just the two of us directly to the hotel at 150 baht. He took us to a pre booked hotel at the address on the hotel voucher. The hotel was supposed to be (although why should there have been) somewhere near the Eastern gate of the old city. So, we reached the gate and began to wander through different nooks and crannies... the Driver stopped several times to look, twice called to the hotel and he was there suggested how to get. In General, fussed as they could. As a result, we made a circle around the back streets (we even noticed it in an unfamiliar area, and he could not understand) and again stopped.
Drove confidently went on to show us in the alleyway (through which we have passed recently) and explain that the hotel is there quite near, and the car will not pass there, but you go on foot. It was clear that she took simply no longer able to do anything to find the hotel, even if he is right in front of him, and we let him go, giving as agreed 150 baht. After ten meters on the corner we walked into the first Guesthouse and asked where so-and-so hotel, and we quickly pointed out where it is. Most interesting is that the hotel was right on the main street just a few meters from the place where the driver dropped us off. So he was not able to find a hotel that stood just before the nose. This story once again proved to me that most Thais with maps and orienteering very bad... But... I don't know, maybe I'm too biased???
But now talking about Mai. Chiang Mai is a wonderful place. And if Chiang Rai is outstanding along with all its mountains, caves, waterfalls and hot springs of the province, the city of Chiang Mai is great in itself, and with the other places in the province of Chiang Mai he doubly great. No..., "Paterne".
That such a party paints, he met us:
And Chiang mais tuk-Tucker, apparently, is discussing with the neighbour the problem of preserving the local historical landmarks in the ever-increasing number of tourists on the background of decreasing grant funding:
Chiang Mai is a temple, temples, temples and atmosphere. Those who walked in the evening in Ayutthaya, you can imagine Chiang Mai as a cross between formal Ayutthaya and Pattaya. Ie all seems to be quiet and rustic, but at the same time, it is quite a good city, filled with tourists from around the world. Lots of tourists, but no thundering music bars, with crowds spilling half-naked girls (a girl) and dragged in a bale passing by tourists. Russian in Chiang Mai a little. Rather, we in the North have never met Russian tourists. They say they are there (we, for example), but we've had no luck. Do not go here Russian tourists, I think, because there is no sea, beach and plenty of expensive hotels, restaurants, shopping centers.
Little running time-forward, will tell you that one evening we went to the night market. Here is what is shopping centers:
Of course, the market sold more traditional products: clothes, consumer goods, food. But the number of handicraft and works of art (I'm not a critic, so don't be afraid to call what I saw in Chiang Mai, the works) I have never seen. Unfortunately, the pics don't show the whole picture, and besides, many authors do not allow you to photograph their works so you'll have to take my word for it. If we had not got such a long and difficult path, I definitely would have bought something from this market. Well, I guess next time I'll buy...
Of course, Chiang Mai we have seen not only the evening. Beautiful and interesting it day. But it is also temples, temples and temples. I think the concentration of churches per unit area in Chiang Mai is as high as anywhere else in the world. What only there are no temples: ancient temples, modern temples, silver temple, Burmese temple, Chinese temple etc. and to be honest, after a while these little churches already starting to feel sick. Not literally, of course, but somewhere deep in my soul a feeling and thought that I want something else in addition to these temples, and some variety. And it is there, but not in the city, I'm here in the province. But more on that later. But in the meantime here's some pictures of temples and a day in Chiang Mai:
So here I saw Chiang Mai. Left to tell only about some of the interesting trains outside the city, but more on that later.
A sequel to "a Visit to Chiang Dao (Chiang Mai)"...
We spent in Chiang Mai four wonderful and very interesting day. I really wanted to stay there longer, but the road was waiting for us. The next stop on our journey was Cambodia, namely Angkor. This was our first visit there, but not the first in Cambodia.
The road from Chiang Mai to Siem reap, turned out to be eventful, I decided to write about it separately and in detail. To get decided through Bangkok, as it is the most reliable and Mature route. Practical information about how to get to Siem reap, I set out here.
To Bangkok from Chiang Mai the day before dispatch we bought the tickets at the station, bus station Arcade, to contact the travel agents did not. For tickets to the first class bus (night) gave 538 baht. Here are prices:
The next day we arrived at the station an hour before departure of the bus to once again be well versed with transportation and schedules. About all this I wrote in "How to get to Chiang Mai and Transport to Chiang Mai". At the same time decided to eat the road. Near the station a lot of institutions, we decided to choose the "local". For 70 baht ate to satiety and drank a bottle of lemonade. If you are in those places to wait for the bus, I recommend to eat there, very tasty.
Loaded on the bus when it was already dark. To the credit of the carrier it should say that and went and arrived in Bangkok we are on schedule. And the trip was quite comfortable. In the path of the conventionally-fed (gave the bread and the water in the morning serving coffee), a night for the goal ...
So we are in Siem reap. If anyone still does not understand why we came here, is in order to explore the temples of Angkor.
Here we planned to stay for 4 days, which settled in the hotel Aliance Villa. The hotel is great, especially when you consider that we booked it for stock with 50% discount and paid for the room a little less than $ 15 per day.
Here, according to tradition, photos of hotel
Everything you need in room: air conditioning, TV, hot water shower, window and even Breakfast. The hotel staff is just super friendly and very helpful. Was so pleased by their helpfulness that I felt even slightly awkward. The hotel was always quiet and we never saw any of the guests, while all accommodation was occupied. That all the rooms were occupied, we learned when I arrived. Our new fellow traveler with whom we were going to get a taxi from the border, but came on the van, also went with us to the hotel, but places for them was not. Was free only single room but for $ 20!
The only downside of the hotel was just what before him had led the asphalted road and after a rain with the main street, had to walk about 100 meters through the puddles. But in General, the position of the hotel is great, very near the night market and pub street, and, at the same time, very quiet.
But, of course, we arrived in Siem reap not to stay in the hotel, so we immediately went to explore the city and at the same time and decide as we would for three days to visit all these temples. Nothing izobretal ...
I know brother Bob....(The Golden calf)
A generally good, well done!!!! And great pictures, clear. Very love it. Direct memories of Cambodia came flooding back, thoughts povilioniene.... Thank you! ...
And our guide in Cambodia told me that baby strollers in Cambodia, a tremendous luxury and not all of them can afford it. She has a little daughter and she doesn't like rice likes milk and bread. And it is very expensive. How to complain about us.
Our guide cost us$ 20 a day. For the money we were offered a minivan with driver and guide and a very professional story. Truth is correspondence with her I started from Moscow. ...
And now it's just a series of photos from Angkor. Describe what, where and how, I do not see sense. Will be ready in a guide to Angkor with a map (already started here), they think everything you need can be found.
Photos will be in several consecutive posts.
The next point of the trip was to Pattaya, where we planned to stop by in a few days to spend there. We were not in Pattaya for almost three years and it was very interesting to see how the city has changed over time. Changed dramatically, but more on that later. .While we waited for the road from Siem Reap to Pattaya. At first we planned to get there about the same route as I travelled here from Chiang Mai, only to go had in Chiang Mai and of course Pattaya. Ie from Siem Reap, transfer by taxi or minivan to the border crossing, and from there the bus to Pattaya.
But a devil pulled me to go to a local siemirowice a travel Agency and ask how much is the ticket for the tourist bus to Pattaya. Well, to be honest, hell this is the need to collect information about transport and ways of moving for the site, so it was planned.
Well, when I found out that moving from Siem Reap to Pattaya by tourist bus costs only 18 dollars, and at the same time leaving at 8 in the morning at 17 o'clock we will already in place, I couldn't resist. I knew it would be a trick, remember, that gave themselves earlier vow not to use more tourist buses in Thailand, but it was too great was the temptation. Yes, one would test the route, then to share with you, because on the chaise in this way we (there was another 6 hours, 10 and 12) already got (more on that here). So I bought two tickets for tomorrow at 8 o'clock in the morning, trying to figure out all the details (but I no one was able to explain where the bus arrives in Pattaya), and finally specify whether the bus will arrive in Pattaya in 17 hours, and received a solid affirmative answer. The company that organizes this ...
About Pattaya write somehow doesn't want to. But not to throw out this stage of the trip, because it took place. And no matter is that Pattaya is so bad. .No, actually it's a great place, it is no wonder it is the most popular resort in Thailand. But what can you do in Pattaya, I remember when his first meeting for more than seven years ago is very different. Then it was another city, mysterious and attractive. And now I know almost every street, all the shops and entertainment, etc. Nothing new in Pattaya, I this time have not found, though not been here for almost three years. We had originally planned to stay in Pattaya for seven days, to sunbathe and lie on the beach. But for three days all so tired that in the morning on the fourth day we weighed and went out.
But it is more likely my problem than Pattaya. For newcomers to Pattaya should stay the same interesting resort and entertainment city, and the center of the sex industry of Thailand.
Although, I'm deceiving you. Something in Pattaya very much changed even in four years, what is there to speak about the seven years. On changes will tell photos:
Russian faces and speech in the streets has become much more the impression that every second tourist, walking on second street and beach road – Russian. All shops crammed with Russian tourists, every 50 meters a Russian travel Agency or office real estate, restaurant menus in Russian, signs in Russian hotels. That is strange, if you go to other streets, there ...
From Pattaya to Ayutthaya accessed directly only by taxi, at least to us of any direct bus unknown. By taxi the ride is not a budget, so we decided to get on the chaise through Bangkok. To bother with the big bus and the bus station in Pattaya we did not, of Luggage we've a very little, only a couple of backpacks, and so we went the simple way: go to the minibase through victory Monument. Total, leaving the hotel at 6 a.m. at 12 moved to pre booked hotel in Ayutthaya, Grandparent's Home. He spent 160 baht.
A little more paint about the road, suddenly someone come in handy, though, information on how to get to Auctau here already written enough. In General, from Pattaya to the bus stop Victoria Monument from different places travel mini-bus services approximately every hour. Rather, it is in theory, they depart approximately every hour, and in fact, if passengers there, they can delay sending for half an hour and even an hour until they get enough passengers. In a way, they slightly more than an hour, cost 100 baht or so. To find the nearest location you can send them by asking at the hotel reception or simply finding a place while exploring Patati. Near to our Guesthouse, the location was near the Central Festival, came to him on foot. When it arrives to the Victoria Monument, we will have to find another mini bus to Ayutthaya already. To explain where to find it, it makes no sense, just better for the Mets to ask passers-by or drivers. He is already about 60 baht in the way too about an hour. Travel often. Well, to Auctau they arrive right in the heart of the tourist district of Ayutthaya in the North-Eastern part of the STA ...