Up bright and early again for another Muay Thai boxing class. I seem to be quite good at the fist Boxing – I did a little in my long distant youth – but I am hopeless with the kicking. I just can’t get my legs high enough and then so weak. Probably no future in it for me professionally, but I really enjoy it.
I then set off to the Hall of Opium Museum which is located close to the Anantara.
I was only at the museum for 90 minutes, but I would throughly recommend it. You ended by seeing those who had died through heroin, which is from the same seed. Names like Billie Holiday, Charles Parker, Kurt Cobain (Ok, he shot himself in a heroin inspired depression. Eric Clapton, who successfully beat it, now runs a clinic in Antigua).
After that, I was off on my 5 hour road transfer to Chiang Mai. First stop was at the little town of Chiang Saen, right on the banks of the Mekong River. The town is quite nondescript but the location is good, and just behind the main street you have a small temple site.
On the opposite river bank, on the Laos side, they are building a giant casino! It looks as though it should be in Vegas, complete with Crown Roof. Incredibly tacky and, to me, totally out of place on virtually every level.
I then continued past flat farm lands, until I reached the Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant.
This is located half way to Chiang Mai, and is one of 4 now in Thailand. It was opened by a mega wealthy cabbage farmer who was distressed by how many unwanted children were being born, particularly in the north of Thailand. So he opened these unique restaurants and all of the profit goes back into family planning projects. You have to admire this. Plus the food was rather good. Of course I bought a t-shirt and a hat!
So a fantastic 2 days in this amazing part of nothern Thailand. As usual, I tried to cram as much as possible into my limited time, but so many good experiences once again. The really good thing with Thailand is no matter how many times you have visited there is always something new to discover.
Now in Chiang Mai for Thailand Travel Show.
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