|saturday 28th - tuesday 30th
So we trundled of to the Tiger Kingdom, got a taxi 500 baht return, open air no windows so the breeze was nice, every bump and the vinal stick to your skin seats were not. Took about 30 or so minutes or so. So we finally arrived and discovered that Nathan can only go in to the smallest tigers as hes to small, and Bill and I can onlly go in the smallest and the small. Nathan was not happy as he really wanted to go into the really big ones - of course he did. Trying to explain to him that the might think he is food didn't work all that well. We got to the tiger cage and there was 50 rules (well maybe not that many) but one was DON'T PLAY WITH TIGERS, um hello what did we pay $100 for????? Anway we went in and they were very cute and there was one naughty one that climbed all over Nathan and tried to bite my toes. Despite the fact they were only 7 weeks old there claws lookd sharp and I bet could make a mess even if they were only playing. We were in there about 20 minutes and then went to the 6 month old ones, these were much bigger and made me VERY nervous I must say their paws were very big and they did not look impressed to be layed all over at all.
So with that promise fulfilled Nathan only half pleased and Billy sulking as I didnt buy him a tiger hat (like your almosst 13), we headed back to town to McDonads for lunch.
After that I got a haircut and finally got what I wanted and a hair color - I think I got tourist price paying about $60 all together.
Chaing Mai Zoo was then next days excursion, we were bale to feed and touch the baby and big elephants, feed a giraffe and feed the panther meat of a stick through the cage. Thhis was great we also got to see the 2 year old panda and its mum and day. It had its birthday a couple of days ago so there were still some remanants of the party.
If you've been to Chaing Mai Zoo you will know its built on a very big hill lots of ups and downs, thank goodnes for the shuttle bus that you could get on and of as yoou wished and had stops at all the big exhibits. Excellent for me who hates hills, flat is fine hills are not.
One more day till we went back to Bangkok and of course wwe discovered by accident a fantastic supermarket around the corner, we got salad stuff and ham and some bread sticks to eat.
Went to a different night market and made the children eat street foodm Billy thought he was going to die till he actually aate some crispy chicken and thought it was ok. When we walked back through the night bizarre and the part where the lady Boys are poor Billy almost had a second heart att.ack as we tried tomake him go to the ladyboy show last night and he was so embarresed he almost ran back to the motel, Nathan and I spent ages laughing about it , poor kid what an awful mother to have
Love Chaing mai, did last time as well the relaxed mode and the no pressure to do anything, forgot to mention that we went to the movies to see the newest Pirates of the Carribean movie, very good and well worth the watch - $20 got us movies and huge drink and popcorn each. The boys looked a bit bewildered when before the movie started we all had to stand to watch a clip about the King. Nathan askking in a very loud voice what we were doing and why was everyone standing.
Tuesday the 31st May we headed back to IBIS for 2 nights and did not much and then to Khao San Road which is a big backpacker area, Billy kept saying well we aren't backpackers mum we have suitcases on wheels thanks son state the obvious. There was lots of night market type shops and stalls and restaurants that played loud music till 3am when it is promptly turned of even half way through song. I know this as our room was about 20 metres from the street and could hear it very very well until 3am. The hotel Khao San Park was ok, $43 for a triple room and breakfast and a tiny balcony for smokers in each room. The staff loved the boys and once agaain they were the centre of attention, when we left they were all saad and wanted to know when we might be back to see them next. The naughty, devil children again charmed unsuspecting motel staff.
We went to the floating market which is a tick of my bucket list, pretty amazing all these boats and stalls and tourists filling these tiny canals. Everything overpriced for the tourists of cours but to see it was pretty phenomonal. We then went to an elephant and crocodile show, not together obviously but in the same zoo like park. The tour stopped at a boat like restaurant thing that w had our "included" lunch - boys had two mouthfuls of rice, Nathan tried a bit of sweet and sour chicken and Billy complained. Guess he'll never learn to actually try food and he might like it.
We went to the huge weekend market as well, its acres and acres of shops and stalls, we walked around for 2 hours in the heat and then decided to go to MKB or MBK shopping centre and we saw X Men movie and filled an afternoon we went to this chain chinese lunch restaurant, name escapes me but we saw a few and then this bell rang and the staff lined up in the isles and did this very badly coegraphed (bad spelling I know) dance. Billy would have been under the table laughing if i had of let him. Nathan just stared at them in horror and then said "mum that was not very good was it" no mate it wasn't - very, very strange indeeed!!!!!
We left Kho San road after 4 nights (1 day over visa limit) hope it ok when we get to the border think I have to pay 500baht (not quite $20) for the over stay, lets see how we go. Billy is worried we will get arrested told him its ok thats free accomdation and food then.
Its not Monday the 6/6/11 we are sitting on a train 2 hours into our 22 hour train journey to Malaysia. This is the first part of the trip that is really the unknown, even though I had not been to Cambodia before we had our guide the amazing Sovann from start to finish and I've been to Thailand before so I knew what to expect but Malaysia is unknown, the money the food and the people. Looking forward to it all. its only three weeks or there abouts till we have to meet mum and Ross and the others in Bali, will be glad to unpack but will not be glad to finish this adventure - lucky Europe and South America are already in the planning.