Smiling Buddha statue in Tha Ton, northern Thailand.

We wanted to break the routine of Chiang Mai, which is really nice, but we don’t feel like travelers after a month! So we decided to explore the North of Thailand for around 5 days on our own. We’re not using a car or a motorbike but local buses.After 5 quite uncomfortable hours on the bus to Tha Ton (90 B, from a bus station N of the old city) we just relaxed a bit in this quiet town. There are a lot of guesthouses but almost no…

This is our second part of Hsipaw trekking. You can read the first one here. We ate black bees for dinner. Whaaaaat? Yes. With dinner of rice and a big bowl of soup from which everyone eats came the bees. Big black poisonous bees with larvae! They are some kind of a specialty and we were lucky to try them. I tried one of each and that was enough for me (the taste was ok but sight of the bees was scary!). Definitely the strangest dish of our Hsipaw…

”We are living in a jungle!” It looks like it but it’s not that scary jungle you would imagine. Palm trees and other luscious surroundings embrace us but as I write this I have wifi, a computer and tea  beside me. This is nice 🙂 We’re staying at Peter’s Inn and we’re living in his house. His family keeps to itself and we only see them from time to time. It’s not very hot, it’s actually typical spring weather. Hot during the day and cold at night. I…

It was actually pretty easy. We bought tickets for Rs 600 few days 2 days before, the train was on time, we got our reserved seats. One of the most beautiful sights in Sri Lanka is supposed to be the train ride from Kandy to Ella. And it was. Green everywhere! Train was really comfortable with plenty of room between the rows. One thing we didn’t anticipate was the lack of food vendors. Thank Eddard Stark we had lots of fruit, avocado and crackers! 🙂 I can see…