It's good to be back in Chiang Rai after our quick visit to Chiang Mai. We had great weather, if you consider hot and humid to be great. It did not rain and that's what mattered.
The 'Old School Friday' song was "Try a Little Tenderness" as sung by Otis Redding. This song was written in 1932 and has had numerous recordings. Otis recorded it in 1966 and gave it a new life. Now you know. Hey, it's time for 'Easy Monday'. "I read the news today, oh boy. About a lucky man who's made the grade..." Hint: What a day.
The Sunday morning drive to Chiang Mai was rather routine. We stopped at Charon Gardens for lunch and pie. When we got to our hotel there were several conferences going on and the place was jumping. Our friend Irene had just returned from a trip to 'Tiger Kingdom' and had stories to tell. We have never been there because I have a serious cat allergy, and tigers are big cats.
One of the interesting things we noticed that evening as we strolled the Night Bazaar was how few visitors and vendors were on the street. It had an eerie, ghost town quality. It was in sharp contrast to every other time we've been there. Not only is it the 'Low Season', but with so many travel warnings in effect, tourism is down dramatically.
Our evening picked up when we had a harrowing Tuk-Tuk ride to The Good View restaurant by the Ping River. We had a table overlooking the water, the food was good, and the live band was great. The place was full of people in the inside area, which made our table ideal for conversation. In contrast, Sunday nights in Chiang Rai are rather quiet. Hmm.
The hotel has a free buffet breakfast that offers food for everyone. In many parts of the world there is no such thing as 'breakfast food'. Things you might think are dinner items were available for breakfast. They also had western style items like cereal, eggs and toast. After some of the recent airplane menus, I was happy to have a simple meal.
Having a traveler with us on the drive back was a new experience. There were so many things to point out as we drove through the countryside and the mountains, the time seemed to fly by. We made another stop at Charon Gardens for lunch and pie, and I had a chance to sample Mango Pie. Oh my, next time I just may have to order a piece.
No trip on the highway is without new and different sights and this trip didn't let us down. Today's photo can easily be described as a 'Heavy Load'. I waited until the road was straight before trying to pass him. It swayed on the curves.
I just realized that Mr. Lag didn't join us on our trip. I guess he got tired (555). The next few days we will be seeing the sights around Chiang Rai, and running errands at the same time. It's going to be fun.
Have a Great Week.
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