Flight Log of SL8705 CEI-DMK on Feb 6th, 2016

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Holidays in Thai: Chiang Rai on February 6th, 2016

We are only staying at Chiang Rai for one day, having checked out of the hotel in the morning we asked the front desk clerk about motorcycle rent (last night as I walked around Chiang Rai, I found virtually no motorcycle shop, much contrary to Pai which is restaurant + hotel + motorcycle shop). Much to my surprise, the clerk showed me a chart saying “they have a partner shop”.
P.S. With much less competition for business as in Pai, motorcycle rent in Chiang Rai is much more expensive.

Then we set off to Wat Rong Khun. Since Chiang Rai’s anyway a city, road condition was much better than Pai.

清早,前往白庙的super highway。叫super估计是想要强调车道多(而不是限速高)。我们这种(无证)摩托基本上只在两边完全没有车的辅路上走。

Super Highway leading to Wat Rong Khun at dawn. The prefix “super” was probably to address the number of lanes (rather than the speed limits). The two (unlicensed) drivers of us basically only rode on the side roads with little traffic.

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Holidays in Thai: Pai on February 5th, 2016

Having motorcycled without a hitch and without a license yesterday afternoon, I was quite confident in my motorcycle skills, and went on the Great Pai Cycle this morning before leaving Pai.

Pai县的清晨,因为还早,路上没有什么车

Pai waking up, it’s still early in the day and there’s little traffic on the roads

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Holidays in Thai: Pai on February 4th, 2016

Today we left the temples of Chiang Mai heading to Pai. Our hotel helped arranged a Songthaew pickup to Chiang Mai bus station. It seemed that local Songthaew is a FIFO queue with capacity of 8 people, when someone arrived at his destination, the driver headed out for the destination of the next person. Without complicated algorithms like Uber, but it worked still fine.

双条车在清迈城外转来转去

Songthaew ride in outer Chiang Mai

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Holidays in Thai: Chiang Mai on February 3rd, 2016

Today it’s mainly the various temples in downtown Chiang Mai. So after breakfast we rented two bicycles and cycled randomly in town. In fact, given the density of temples in Chiang Mai, it’s totally fine to walk.
Also in fact, the temples in Chiang Mai followed the same construction pattern.

清晨,清迈的街道

Dawn, Chiang Mai streets

Maybe because there’s too many temples in Chiang Mai, with fierce competition for tourists, so none of them charged any admission fee. More than that, it felt like they truly welcome people in, to spread their faith to the devoted and their culture to the alien, while I have experienced so many temples in China that preyed on the admission fees with little to offer.
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Holidays in Thai: Chiang Mai on February 2nd, 2016

I woke up to a quite pleasant morning that’s unique to little towns like Chiang Mai, which the occasional horns of motorbikes and constant peddling of vendors striking a delicate balance between scary silence and annoying noise. It’s like, the whole town has been born again.

早上,酒店外景

Morning, outside hotel

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Flight Log of TG116 BKK-CNX on February 1st, 2016

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Flight Log of MF853 XMN-BKK on February 1st, 2016

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Flight Log of MF8375 HGH-XMN on February 1st, 2016

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Holidays in Northeast China: Summary

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