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Good Bye Southeast Asia

We left Chiang Mai with the impression that this was the best place in Thailand that we've visited. After the cooking course, we spent some time to explore the city (temples, forests, markets, restaurants etc.). We rented a scooter for 150 baht a day (about 6 Swiss Francs) and enjoyed the craziness of Thai traffic (quite simple really: anything goes, and the bigger vehicle is the winner).

With a couple of days left in Thailand, we decided to rent a car in Chiang Mai and slowly drive back to Bangkok. This would give us a chance to explore some parts of the country that take a long time to get to by public transport. First, we drove up to the highest peak in Thailand, Doi Inthanon (2565 meters). It was still quite warm up there, and the vegetation seemed pretty similar to what we've seen in the lower parts of Thailand. As a national park, this place would be worth staying for a longer time.

Next, we drove to eastern Thailand and visited Khon Kaen, apparently a booming University town, but it felt more like a sleepy village. We didn't feel the city was worth staying longer, but the drive to the city was excellent - a scenic road through hilly jungle and farmland. In the evening, we continued our trip to Khao Yai, Thailand's second largest national park. A UN world heritage natural site, the park offered an amazing scenery of plant and animal wildlife. Too bad we could only stay for a short time before we had to continue our trip to Bangkok.

Driving into Bangkok with your own car is an adventure of an entirely different kind. We've always looked at the Bangkok traffic in horror, but being part of it is even worse. Still, we managed to find our hotel in one go.

In a few hours, we will be at the airport and should be back in Zurich tomorrow. I am not sure what's going to happen to this blog in the next two months, but we will definitely continue writing latest once we are in India.


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