We have signed up for a 5 day thai massage course here in Chiang Mai! Going back to becoming a student on monday. 9 to 4 for 5 straight days. Do you think I'll make it? The course is runned by a Thai-American couple who seem to know what they are doing. We went in for a lesson observation yesterday and took the bait. The 2 week course is shelved as it only starts on the 14th. Meanwhile, its just a lot of walking around town.
The Chiang Mai today doesn't match my memories at all. It's a bustling city with her fair share of shopping arcades and tons of tourists. Fortunately all these large scale developments take place outside the moat surrounding the city center. Inside, its quite nice but not quite quiet.
We are putting up at Mr Whisky for B$150 a night and eating on the streets and little restaurants for about B$20 (80 cents) a meal. Internet here is as low as B$10 an hour! Fast and reliable too!
Chiang Mai's tourism seem to revolve around elephant treks, mountain-biking, hill tribe visits, whitewater rafting, trekking, temple tours and rock-climbing. We may go rafting over the next weekend. The rest aside from the climbing doesn't really appeal to us after what we have seen in Malaysia and Laos. For the climbers back in NUS, perhaps you can check out the crags here. Only an hour away and the photos are spectacular. There are 2 climbing shops here and guidebooks are available for about B$800. Climbaisa's guide on Malaysia is found on the shelves here! Read a notice about a Swiss guy's first recent ascent of a 8a+/8b route here. There is this place called Crazy Horse which I may check out. Chin Seng, tempted?