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After Nico had already been adventuring in Myanmar for nearly 3 weeks, Simon and I finally joined him in Asia to begin the journeying together again.

First port of call in the region was Bangkok, after a day spent in KL on a stopover. Before being joined by Mr. Nico, we used our time exploring the sprawling mass of streets that is Bangkok- and sampling excellent Thai food from the many street stalls that can be found literally everywhere. Boy, did we have to get used to spicy food again, after all the Western meals of the past months (but I can proudly state that by now, we are all happily adding copious amounts of chilli to all our dishes- training is everything..).

Chicken Feet Skewer

Chicken Feet Skewer

There were so many culinary discoveries since we arrived in Asia, I don’t even know where to start. Not all of them make for good photo material unfortunately, so I will just describe them as best as I can. Thailand is of course famous for its curries and tom yam soups (spicy and sour soup with lemongrass, ginger and seafood or meat) as well as for rice noodle soups with various kinds of meat that you season yourself with sauces (fish-sauce) and chilli, as well as adding greens to the bowl, such as cabbage or beans. Thai fish-ball soup is particularly excellent….Then there is what we referred to as ‘meat on sticks’, wooden skewers with all sorts of meat or fish that are grilled on a barbeque- they make for an excellent snack. Grilled dried squid is also a specialty. We tried boiled chicken feet for the first time in our lives, and I have to say, they are very tasty and tender!

Another temple

Another temple

We explored the Thai capital by visiting markets and temples (the latter are rather ‘sparkly’- lots of gold and reflecting mirror tiles), and even having a look at one of the temples of commerce- a huge shopping-mall. The rest was spent sapling food before we met Nico and headed north to Sukhothai,  a city that was the seat of one of the early Thai kingdoms. Many of the old temples still remain (albeit in a crumbling state), so we rented bicycles and cruised around the former capital.

Sweet Couple

Sweet Couple

From there, our path led us north to Chiang Rai, which we used as a base to head deeper into the mountains- to Mea Salong, a small village with a significant Chinese influence (and amazing grilled pork-legs…). We hiked to some villages in the surrounds (the North of Thailand, as well as Laos and Vietnam are famous for the diverse ethnic groups or  hill tribes that live in the region, mostly still in very traditional ways, each tribe with their own dress and customs. Many of them sell jewellery or embroidered fabric at local markets in the area).

Back in Chaing Rai we explored some more temples, got a massage, and ate some more delicious food before heading on to the border to cross into Laos- thus ending our brief visit to the country, but we will sure come back for more (hopefully in the not too far future!)

Local Petrol Station

Local Petrol Station

Templee!

Templee!

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Well, as it seems Anna doesn’t really feel like writing at the moment and I can’t remember every detail over such a long period of time. Therefore this is just going to be a very very short post with a very brief summary of the last few weeks. A more detailed post might follow soon.

So I flew to Bangkok to meet Anna and Simon there. As I had extended my stay in Myanmar I was a few days late and therefore couldn’t really explore Bangkok anymore. So we had a nice diner in Bangkok and too the train on the next day to Sukkutai, which was the capital of the former Thai-Empire. The old temples were certainly of historical significance, but other than that not very spectacular. After Sukkutai we went up north to Chiang Rai and explored the surrounding region. After that we already headed for the border of Laos and crossed the Mekong River into Laos where we were planning on staying a little bit longer than Thailand. In northern Laos we spent some days hiking and scootering around. We rented some scooters and I taught myself how to ride a motorbike on You Tube and rented a proper chopper. It was a lot of fun riding on the streets of Laos, as they are in a rather good condition and they are not as crowded as in other Asian countries.

After that we went further south, to Luang Prabang, a very atmospheric town with a lot of French influence, followed by Vientiane, the capital of Laos. We enjoyed some city life in those cities, including some good and quite decadent food.

I added a few photos below to give you some impressions of the last few weeks and I hope that the more detailed report will follow soon.

Stay tuned, Rock’n Roll, Nico

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