The city of Chiang Rai and the surrounding area
Our journey from the first day it so happened that upon arriving in Chiang Rai we almost immediately went out of the city it North to Mae SAI and Golden triangle, Chiang Rai itself is little studied and its immediate surroundings. So, once back in town, we decided to relax a bit for fun and to fill the gap with the sights and surroundings.
Practical information about the city attractions Chiang Rai and what is there to do in the evenings gathered here. Here we just note that town I really liked. Many guidebooks write that in Chiang Rai there is nothing to do and to stay there is not worth it. Maybe so. But if you collect together all that we have been able to see in the city and around, it turns out quite an interesting place. But its inhabitants now I'm just jealous that they live in such a wonderful and peaceful place. I would live there if I could...
Well, actually, now the case. The most interesting place in the area and throughout the province is considered as the White temple. Tourists there are imported "cars," and there just is not overcrowded. It just so happened that he was in the White temple we later only 11 o'clock in the morning. And saw what a crowd of tourists. To make at least one photo without onlookers, had to wait ten minutes. And some part of the Church to do without the tourists and failed. Besides, more gloomy and cloudy weather with a dark sky in the background is not conducive to good staff. So what happened is what happened:
Read more about white temple here.
Cuckoo, the architect of the White temple, apparently, still somewhere far away, although he was entrusted to do not a few major attractions. But you may doubt this, because I haven't seen pictures of the temple from the inside. But my opinion is that all this is done with steep outrageous and only for the favor of tourists. Although the architect probably sickly satisfied his passion for the creation of something such that we do not understand... Although the temple is still impressive and even beautiful.
Our next point was supposed to be hot springs Huay Mark Liam. It just so happened that we read about these sources on the Internet on the English site and naively thought that easily get to them and bathe, the more that was written everywhere that these sources are free. As it turns out, those sources was indeed free, but we there to swim it was not possible...
To these sources we went from the White temple a different route than you came, but still our path lay through the city of Chiang Rai. As usual, we strayed a bit, relying on the pointers. Several times (at least three times, I now remember) I had to go back to missed turns. I want to say again that with the pointers here in North Thailand it's not very well. Not only that, when driving to the same place, the same object can be written in pointers are fundamentally different and at each turn or fork you can find such pointers. Very detailed map of the province, which we bought at 7/11 for 120 baht (currency of Thailand, the exchange rate), hasn't always been the assistant. The locals on the cards seem to focus at all bad. Even given the fact that all the names on the map are duplicated in Thai, we had to sort through four or five people before getting an answer, in which direction we should go.
In General, we are so lost that even went to the beach in Chiang Rai, which was picking only on the way back.
Here judge for yourself, how this situation will not put you in a complete stupor:
On the map, we show vystrelivaet local drivers and passers-by how to get us to Huay Mark Liam Hot Spring. After several attempts we get the direction, but on the way we meet the signs for hot springs Pha Soet Hot Spring.
We persist in the movement, constantly interrogating the rare oncoming drivers and stopping at each turn and fork. But what is our surprise when suddenly on the road we meet a pointer to....
But most surprisingly, we still get to the hot springs Pha Soet Hot Spring, and the sources of Huay Mark Liam, which we originally set out and about which many where on the Internet I do on any pointer not found (but on the map they are there, but no Pha Soet).
In General, we reached Pha Soet Hot Spring in them and decided to swim. As a result, we did not regret about it. On the territory there are several houses with private baths and large communal pool. We decided to swim in the pool, for which he was paid 30 baht per head.
Already here, at the checkout in Pha Soet Hot Spring, we find that hot springs Huay Mark Liam are located within a kilometer from this place down the road, so in principle, we moved right. Then and there we decided to go.
No signs to Huay Mark Liam Hot Spring apparently he has never been. When we finally found this hot spring, we suffered a big disappointment. This source was in no way suitable for swimming in it. The water is just boiling water. Although, theoretically, it is possible to climb up there because the temperature on the sign at the pool was listed as 56 degrees, but I think there were all of 80.
Our disappointment did not last long, because we actually got into a very interesting place, walked through the rainforest and took some interesting photos.
In General, the hot springs and the Park around them seemed interesting and romantic, but if you want to swim, it is better not to go, and limited visits to Pha Soet Hot Spring in these parts.
On the way back to Chiang Rai rain drove us under the canopy near the temple in a small village and had to wait here about an hour.
But a few kilometers to this place in the mountains we got the trophy: whether in someone's garden, or wild, is unclear.
And while we sat and waited out the rain, eating fresh picked Pomelo. If anyone knows, is a fruit like a grapefruit but bigger and sweeter.
Our first part of the trip, province of Chiang Rai, ended. We drove home (to the hotel), spent the night and the next day went to another Northern province of Chiang Mai.
A sequel to "a Meeting with the Chiang Mai"...
🕒 October 12, 2018
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:
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
I know brother Bob....(The Golden calf) And in General great, 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, which organizes the TRANS ...
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:
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 t ...