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Doi Inthanon National Park

2 hours west of Chiang Mai

sunny 90 °F

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Ben, our tour guide

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You can see how much I enjoy Thai food

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The Karen Village - a weaver

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Karen Village automatic alarm clock

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Lunch at Doi Inthanon HQ

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The Dutch amazon posing with Thai tourists

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The King's Pagoda

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Inside the Queen's Pagoda

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A German friend from Cologne, and I at the highest point in Thailand

Yesterday I toured Doi Inthanon N.P., it's waterfalls, a Karen Village, and the King's and Queen's Pagodas. It was about a 2 hour drive by 11 passenger Toyota van with our Thai guide, Ben (F), and Dutch and German tourists. The waterfalls were spectacular even though N. Thailand is experiencing drought at the moment ("Extreme Danger" fire warnings posted). We had a 5 course, curry and fish, lunch at park headquarters, saw the spectacular pagodas of the King and Queen of Thailand, and went to the highest peak in all of Thailand as well. It was quite a full day, and my fellow tour mates were a jolly group - I believe that I was the oldest in the group by at least 12 years! We returned to town about 5, and I showered, had a beer, and went down to Aroon Rai Restaurant, again, for a rather wonderful N. Thai dinner of spring rolls, shrimp salad, spicy fish soup with ginger, green chicken curry with rice, Chang beer over ice, and homemade coconut ice cream (to say that I was stuffed was an understatement!)

This morning I walked down to the Montri Hotel for muesli with fruit and yogurt, an apple and carrot muffin, orange juice and coffee. A few minutes ago I had my second Thai Foot Massage (by the blind, next door), and checked out of the Tri Gong (surprise, my bill for 3 nights came to only 1800THB - I was actually quoted 700THB a night!) Now it's time to go around the corner and use a more modern internet connection to upload a few photos, walk down to the Sunday Market, down to Black Canyon Coffee, again, for a final Thai Iced Tea, and make my way to the train station for my 17:55 train to Bangkok (and on to Hanoi and Hoi An the following morning - Tuesday).

Posted by Daawgon 20:49 Archived in Thailand Tagged tourist_sites

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