We began our second day in Ko Lanta with a 40 minute scooter ride through treelined mountains to Ko Lanta's old town. It used to be the main trading center but now it's off the beaten path. It features original 1800s wooden buildings, buddhist shrines and timeworn shops. Our favorite was a handmade hammock store. The downstairs floor was filled with colorful hammocks while the upstairs was reserved for the family residence.
Each New Years Eve, people swarm from all over Thailand to Chiang Mai for the annual Fire Lantern Festival.
The last 3 days in a row have been perhaps the most thrilling 3 consecutive days in our lives. Yesterday morning we flagged down a songthaew style taxi. It's a pickup truck with a covered roof on the back with two benches facing each other, no seat belts and open exterior. We headed toward the Tiger Kingdom sanctuary a half hour out of town with anxious anticipation.
Yesterday morning we traded skyscrapers for mountains.by flying from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. The vibe here it totally different. There is less congestion and tourism so you can get a deeper sense of everyday Thai life. We instantly appreciated the fresher air and chirping birds.
We are just coming back from our last dinner in Bangkok. We downed a total of eight bowls of spicy soup with noodles, bean sprouts, chili flakes, cilantro, green onions, peanuts and pork and the total bill was less than $3. The soup was so spicy that Davey's eyelids were sweating. We felt a palpable, far-out energy as the only westerners in the restaurant, wishing our families could see us in this exotic environment.
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