Visit to Chiang Dao (Chiang Mai)
One day of our stay in Chiang Mai we decided to go and look at Chiang Dao and cave and also visit the temple of DOI Suthep, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the province, if not in all of Thailand.
Moved in way early, because the road was long, and wanted to see everything and more. Besides, almost every day of our stay in Northern Thailand the weather has made adjustments to our plans, and everything had to be planned with plenty of time. Though short-lived, but heavy rains forced us to stay at the road and wait for them for half an hour. Showers fell steadily in the second half of the day in the period from three to five hours suddenly, and as suddenly ended.
In General, early in the morning we ran to the nearest motorcycle rental, took the gun for 200 baht (the money of Thailand exchange rate) per day, and moved North to Chiang Dao, with the intention to visit the caves and hot springs.
By itself, the road was interesting:
For some reason these guys couldn't find seats inside the car, but it was this truck under 60 and we had to hit the gas on his "mokiki" to catch up with him. And it's all on intercity highway.
Oh, how I envy them. Go yourself, no worries, and no safety rules don't bug them.
Along the road they sell all their "potato" (longkong), apples (the fruit), cabbage (pomelo) and squashes (mango). All cost 20 baht per kilo, and pomelo for 20 baht apiece. We even bargain did not, when I bought all this (of course, on the way back).
At some point I decided to just pull off the road and explore the local gardens, which are grown, but found nothing:
Unfortunately, at the top of the mountain we this time due to time constraints were not included. In order to get in, you need at least a full day from early morning, and on normal there need to ascend slowly and to spend the night on top in the camp (of the hotels in Chiang Dao trekking organized excursions). We arrived in Chiangdao just for the day and evening had to return to Chiang Mai. Well, but it will be something to do in Chiang Dao next time.
In the end, we went straight to the caves. The bike we left in the Parking lot at the temple, which is the access to the cave.
First we walked around the temple grounds. He's quite photogenic, in my opinion. Actually, in all modesty, this temple I really liked it and took the number of one of my favorites. I don't know what makes me hooked. Well, see for yourself:
And already after seeing the temple we went to the caves.
We visited only one cave that is accessible to all for entrance fee of 40 baht. But even it is quite extensive and interesting. If you are attentive, it is possible to find many interesting things, including some small hidden shallow caves. In additional caves that go with guides and torches, we did not go due to limited time, but really wanted to. Tell me there's a lake with catfish, and hot springs, and of course, lots of bats. But we return to the caves next time...
After the caves we decided to find and take a dip in the wild hot springs in Chiang Dao. They are free and probably just equipped the locals, although the wooden sign at the fork in the road they were. This place because of its dilatasti I liked much more than the sources in Chiang Rai, we visited earlier. Or maybe everything is just because it's a freebie, I don't know...
Located just a few kilometers from the caves. Along the way we met a plantation Lamai. Mu tried a little but to bully and tear whole branches still did not.
Sources we found quite easily. They are just a big concrete barrels which are connected to plastic pipes, which in turn just take hot water from underground stream from the depths of the mountains just a few metres from the drums. Next to the barrels leaking a shallow river, or rather brook (and in fact was the rainy season).
That's just from some on this side, where the cows, from the ground and follows the Creek. And he may not be from the mountains?... And because the water smells like...
Smelled the water in the barrels with hydrogen sulfide. If anyone knows what hydrogen sulfide smells like rotten eggs, or Vice versa.
When we came near the barrels there was no one...
But after a few minutes pulled up a few local
They taught us to swim right in those barrels.
Somewhere in the Internet I read that these barrels need to apply cold water from the river in a bag or bucket. Complete nonsense. Do not have anything to wear. You just need to gradually start to climb into the hot water in the nearest to the river barrel (where it's cooler, although at first it seems that it's hot and to get involved, simply impossible). You can then cool off in cold water in the river, and climb for a few minutes in a barrel higher, etc barrels there for about four or five, just do not remember. Great hot therapeutic baths provided to you. Just super!!!
Just do not overdo, for more than 30 minutes in such water can not be, because it seems to be as radioactive, but in moderation.
Speaking of local. There's nowhere to change, just in the bushes behind a rock a few meters away from the barrels. Just keep in mind if you go there.
As I mentioned, a few meters above the barrels is as if spring itself, which stands out from the ground. There was a puddle of hot water.
Finally, before leaving, I decided to throw in her coin, 1 baht. So in my eyes this coin instantly at first red, and after some time turned green-black. Gold chain and silver ring from my companion, too dark. Although all then washed up and became old, you imagine... because Gold is one of the most stable metals, even not exposed to concentrated acids, except the mixture of two acids, the so-called "Aqua Regia". And then darkened in the water. So that is the water of fusion.
After hot springs we went back to Chiang Mai. To reach Chiang Dao from Chiang Mai, explore caves and swim in the springs it took us almost the whole day. Back in town before dark and we still had time to visit the temple of DOI Suthep (Doi Suthep) in the dieing light. So if you decide to learn more about Chiang Dao, it is better to plan a trip overnight, maybe not even one, if you decide to climb the mountain of Chiang Dao.
Climbing the mountain of DOI Suthep to the temple on the bike, not for beginners. The lifting of the debts and winding. Along the way, almost at the temple, we found a modest waterfall.
The waterfall can be approached and photographed on his background, but to swim in it will not work.
Road to the temple leads from the Parking area, it will have to rise even higher, what can be done either on foot or on the funicular for a fee of 50 baht, which also includes the entrance fee of 30 baht to the temple. Upstairs is not so far away, but given the time constraints (it was getting dark) we took the funicular. It's basically just an Elevator that goes vertically, and slightly diagonally.
The temple is really very beautiful and interesting. He's all full of various interesting statues and other temple designs and decorations. Perhaps this is one of the most beautiful temples of Thailand.
Coming down from the mountain, we are already in complete darkness and alone on the road. In one place we came upon a platform, which offers a very stunning view at night Chiang Mai in complete silence. This place is apparently very loved and local romantics, who are here gathered together. They just sat silently and enjoyed the view of his beloved city.
Photography is not only feeling, but believe me, it is worth it to once again return here and just sit and look at the Northern gem of Thailand in the night. At the end of the day in the Northern capital, I can only say one thing: "I love Chiang Mai".
A sequel to "a little More of 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 ...