March 2010

27 Mar 2010 Written by GingerBlossom In

March 27, 2010 - Ubud Bali Indonesia

Conde Naste readers, those uber rich uber travelers, voted Ubud "Best Asian City" in 2009. Even Daryl, who was a Pan Am flight attendant during the glory days of air travel, had mentioned to me once that I needed to visit Ubud, it really had something special. I wouldn't call Ubud a city, the epicenter of town is a rice paddy, but it is very special.

17 Mar 2010 Written by GingerBlossom In

March 17, 2010 - Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Yesterday was a national holiday, so I joined the throngs out holiday-making, and hit three of the major sights around Yogya, the Buddhist site of Borobudur, a smoking volcano, and a large 1000 year old Hindu temple to Shiva. Borobudur had a cross sliced picture of humanity that I wished I'd gotten a photo of. It was a gaggle of young head-scarfed girls who wanted their picture taken with a Thai Buddhist monk, photo snapped by a French couple.

12 Mar 2010 Written by GingerBlossom In

March 12, 2010 - Yogykarta Java

Overload, overload - I'd like to be back inch-worming along in Mae Hong Son.

08 Mar 2010 Written by GingerBlossom In

March 8, 2010 - Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Mae Hong Son falls into the "inch worm town" catagory, meaning that an inch worm could probably cross the street without getting run over. It makes for very pleasurable walking. Town gets pretty quiet after dark, but the two 7-11's were both beehives of activity. They are bigger and better stocked than their Bangkok counterparts. Being open 24 hours a day, this is the late night place to go for ice slurpies, beer, micro-waved pork/rice patties, magazines, etc.

07 Mar 2010 Written by GingerBlossom In

March 7, 2010 - Mae Hong Son Thailand

To get here, I opted out of the 8 hour overland route and took the prop plane Nok Air Mini, which seats 33 PAX, max. It's adorable, the plane is painted to look like a yellow and blue smiling bird. Mae Hong Son is a small mountain town, close to the Burmese border and largely settled by the Shan. I came here to see the Shan and Burmese temples and to go mountain biking. I saw temples today, but the bike riding may get scratched, one temperature sign said 38 degrees C., maybe it was in the sun, or broken, but it is HOT.

01 Mar 2010 Written by GingerBlossom In

March 1, 2010 - ChiangMai, Thailand

To get from Delhi to ChiangMai involved 30 hours with no sleep, but then no one forced me to watch the in-flight movies from 1 a.m. until landing in Bangkok, plus I could have taken an earlier flight up north, but no, I had to wait for the later, cheaper flight. Both the airport in Bangkok and ChiangMai are loaded with gorgeous orchids, welcome to Thailand.

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