Last notes from this trip

After crossing the Lao-Thai border we went around northern Thailand rather quickly. Mae Sai was as before but the market area around the border seemed ever more busy, Mae Salong hadn’t changed much since my last visit in 2002, neither had Chiang Rai. We took a cooking class Chiang Mai, which was fun. Pai had changed quite a bit since 2002, a lot more westeners and thai “hippies” or something. Mae Hong Son and Mae Sariang both were quiet. Mae Sot has a nice little market area, way more Burmese than Thai. I didn’t take almost any photos.

After that, Bangkok. We stayed a day before heading to Ko Tao. It was a bit difficult to decide on an island wouldn’t be too crowded, as we figured the small resorts on Andaman Ko Chang would be pretty much closed for the rainy season already. We found a nice enough place at Tanote Bay and stayed a few days. Two big lizards liked to spend their days in our toilet.

Then Bangkok once more, we stayed almost a week at the Atlanta Hotel at the end of Sukhumvit soi 3. What a place – see the their website:) Again, we didn’t do much.

Air Asia to Macau where it was hot and humid, a lot more than in Bangkok. A strange place with a lot of churches and old portugese buidlings, Macanese cuisine i.e. Portugese Cantonese cross kitchen (with some Brazilian, Indian and African twists), very tacky casinos, less than clean Chinese eateries and so on.

Ferry to Hong Kong and 4 nights at Chungking Mansions again. We shopped for some electronics and saw some sights. The Hong Kong history museum is pretty good. The art museum is not (too much porcelain) . We flew back on the 4th of June, 19 years after the Tiananmen square massacre in Beijing. There were some performances at Times square and a bigger demonstration in Victoria Park later. We had to leave before it really got going but there were a fair amount of people. Surprisingly middle aged crowd though. See photos.

Left Hong Kong luckily a day before it rained a bit too much there. Waited for a connecting flight for 10 hours at Heathrow. And arrived in Helsinki at about nine in the evening, having left on July 30th last year, with a train to Moscow.

The future of this blog is open. Maybe i’ll have something to say.

photos from Wednesday, June 4th 2008
Candle demonstration on the 19th aniversary of Tiananmen massacre Candle demonstration on the 19th aniversary of Tiananmen massacre One of the few young people June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong hand out to the performers June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong June 4th performances at Times Square, Hong Kong A hole in the park Hong Kong Hi five ??? Statue square
photos from Tuesday, June 3rd 2008
Cappuccino foam
photos from Sunday, June 1st 2008
Busy street in Hong Kong Some fake lawn in a mall Mongkok Hong kong:D
photos from Friday, May 30th 2008
The base of Macao tower (down there) and my feet A somewhat less extravagant Macao cityscape Now that is just ridiculous
photos from Thursday, May 15th 2008
Mae Hong Son
photos from Thursday, May 8th 2008
Mountain roads Temple Naga head
photos from Tuesday, May 6th 2008
Tachilek, Myanmar The northern most of Thaialnd

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