Mae Sai, Thailand and Tachileik, Burma

 
Monday January 28th

 
      Hired a car and drove up to Burma with Eg and his girlfriend (Eg runs the Bangkok Café bar we usually go to). Collected the exit stamp about a mile before the border, and then crossed over into Burma. When the British left Burma they decided to drive on the right side of the road, so as it's on the left in Thailand there's a funny standoff sometimes on the bridge with everyone trying to cross to the other side of the road. There is a very cheap street market the other side in Burma, though it costs US$5 to cross over (you have to do this to qualify for a new Thai visa anyway). When I crossed back I collected my next 1 month visa for Thailand. Theoretically they can ask for a ticket for leaving Thailand before they let you back in, so I have a train ticket from Bangkok to Malaysia I keep changing the date for each time I need a visa.

 

On the left it's Thailand, on the right Burma
 

 

The cheap tourist market just across the border in Tachileik
 

 

Going back into Thailand, the bridge where the traffic has to change to the
other side of the road
On the left is a bicycle taxi very common in Thailand
 

 

Chiang Mai

 
Tuesday January 29th

 
      I kept the car for another day and drove up to the top of Doi Ithanon, the tallest mountain in Thailand, 2600m, with some new English friends, Nick, Matt, Ruth, and Mark. We saw a waterfall halfway up and some cool huge pagodas near the top. After coming back down the mountain I showed them the Maeya waterfall I'd seen last time in Thailand.

 

Waterfall on the way up the mountain
There was a wild black pig there
 

 

Rainbow and wooden bridge
 

 

All of the waterfall
 

 

The highest monks in Thailand
 

 

One of the giant pagodas near the top of the mountain
 

 

The other pagoda
 

 

 

 

Like a lotus flower
 

 

Inside the mauve pagoda
 

 
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