Vientiane isn’t that far from Chiang Mai Thailand, but there are no direct flights and up until now we had never managed to get there. Determined to visit, we planned a trip leaving VTE Friday night after work, 1 hour flight to Bangkok, sit in the airport for a couple of hours and then 1 hour through to Chiang Mai. All went well and we were at our hotel before midnight.
We won’t mention the fact Andrew got a bit annoyed with people trying to push ahead of him to get off the plane. So annoyed that he tried to step over the arm-rest of our row of seats to claim his spot in the aisle to be able to disembark – and got stuck one leg in the aisle / one leg in the row for about a 3 minutes while there a delay and no-one was moving. I just pretended I wasn’t with him.
Our plans for our time were pretty simple – wander about, eat, drink and generally relax. And so we did. We did find that life in Chiang Mai was a bit like what we experience everyday at ‘home’ in Vientiane – but it was enjoyable none the less.
It’s been a while since we had been into temples – when you pass them every day it just isn’t a priority. But the three or four we visited were impressive in size and scale.
The colours and art were worth seeing.
We had a bit of an orange theme happening this trip: from temples to statues.
Orange even extended to our wardrobes. Andrew wore his special ‘road cone’ orange trousers. I had a matching orange blouse. A Thai man at one of the temples specifically stopped Andrew to say how much he liked his trousers – “they are so bright and cheerful” he said.
At least when he is sitting down in the food hall his trousers stop shouting. Of course you can’t tell that 3 minutes before this picture was taken he had accidentally knocked his chair to the ground, with a huge bang, trying to get up to help me with the food tray I was carrying. Nothing inconspicuous with this chap!
We ate Khao Soi (local speciality), we drank Chang, we wandered in pretty hot temperatures – we have seen a little bit of Chiang Mai.