Cheers To You

by Brenna Holeman

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Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand

I am leaving northern Thailand tonight, heading to the Laos border to then start the two-day journey down the Mekong into Luang Prabang. I spent two weeks on top of the original planned ten days in northern Thailand; it just sucked me in. Perhaps it was the food, perhaps it was the atmosphere, perhaps it was the relaxation, perhaps it was the scenery, but I’m sure the real reason I stayed so long was because of the people I met and the fellow travellers I shared my time with. So cheers to the walled city of Chiang Mai. Cheers to the sleepy hippie village of Pai. Cheers to the rivers, to bamboo huts, and to songkran water fights. Cheers to mango with sticky rice, chicken satay, khao soi, pad thai, spring rolls, and friend bananas. Cheers to the hill tribe people I met, cheers to the motorbike rides, cheers to all the temples that wowed me so. Cheers to every relaxing day I spent here in the north. But mostly, cheers to Marie-Helene, Rory, Rick, Hew, Max, Tim, Hannah, Zoe, John, Jeff, Aaron, Sam, and Dave. Cheers to Alex, Alex, Alex, and Alex. Cheers to all the random people from around the world with whom I shared a drink or a laugh. Cheers to Adam, Noria, Emil, and Mikkel. Cheers to Shea and to Mika. A massive cheers to Aidy and Henry. And a very, very special cheers to Ella.

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Anonymous May 2, 2011 - 4:07 pm

looks like you had a wonderful time and more great memories to add to your collection! the pics of the market in rangoon were beautiful – looking forward to living through you on your next journey – have a safe trip! deirdre

Sewon May 3, 2011 - 5:07 pm

Just got referred to your blog from a livejournal community! Looks like you’re having a ton of fun! Ohh I absolutely loved Pai. We rode motorcycles there from Chiangmai and thought I’d die on that mountain(s). I really loved Laos, as well.

This Battered Suitcase May 4, 2011 - 7:45 am

Deirdre – Thank you very much! I also really appreciate your comments.

Sewon – Do you mind me asking which LJ community you found me in? And it’s so great you’ve been to Pai, also…how amazing is that little town?


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