Day34 Chiang Mai to Wiang Pa Pao, Thailand

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, Thailand, Travel
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Departure Time 3:08pm
Departure Location Chiang Mai, Thailand
Arrival Time 4:51pm
Arrival Location Wiang Pa Pao, Thailand
Distance Travelled 95km


Overnight I researched the Asus Eee PC, and decided that it was excellent value. So I took off to the shopping mall first thing in the morning – unfortunately the malls don’t open early in Thailand.  I left the hotel at 9:42 am, thinking that they mall would be open by 10:00, but it didn’t open till about quarter past.  And when I got to the computer shop, there was no-one there.  After waiting another 15 minutes, they finally opened and I purchased the laptop. As it comes with Linux standard, I waited while they installed Windows XP (pirated copy) and copied the drivers and installations files to a removable drive for me. Just to be clear, I have several Windows XP licenses packed in my container in storage, but I couldn’t get access to it. So I e-mailed a friend in the US to purchase another license for me, but I needed the media – as that isn’t so easy to e-mail.

These elephants are in front of the shopping mall.


Now where did I park my motorbike?  Ah, yes – I see, over there – the one with the tall screen!


Unfortunately it took forever to copy the files to the external HDD.  So it wasn’t till after 3pm that we finally left Chiang Mai. The ride out of Chiang is very pretty.  I wish that we hadn’t been in such a rush and could have taken photos. However, as soon as the sun moved lower on the horizon, it became very cold.


Along the way to Wiang Pa Pao, we came across a new building that looks like it will be a spa.  It had what looked like outdoor hot pools and shower and changing facilities.  But they don’t make this like they used to.


The architecture looks stunning, but it is just a plastic veneer.  See the view from the inside.  The plastic tiles are transparent.


It does look very nice though – and once it is finished, I am sure few will realise the deception.


More details of the cladding on the outside.


We arrived at just before sunset, at 4:51pm to be precise – by this time it was already freezing cold.  We stayed at a place called “Cottages and Condoms”.  The cottages where we were staying were very nice, but the temperatures were way too low for our liking. We froze as we had dinner.


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