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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 22

    June 25th, 2015

    Thursday, June 25, 2015
    Dan Sai, Thailand

    Welcome to the Mountain Green Resort in Dan Sai, Thailand.
    Welcome to the Mountain Green Resort in Dan Sai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 21

    June 24th, 2015

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Dan Sai, Thailand

    Carrot soup and toast at Veggie Cafe in Phitsanulok, Thailand.
    Carrot soup and toast at Veggie Cafe in Phitsanulok, Thailand.

    I awoke around 9:00 am this morning to the unexpected and loud sounds of fighter jets circling low around the city of Phitsanulok. I wonder what that was all about? For breakfast, I had small bowl of carrot soup and a tiny piece of toasted bread next door at a hipster cafe with really chic interior design. It even had a fancy fixed gear bicycle on display near the front window! After checking out of the Lithai Guesthouse, I took a tuk-tuk to Phitsanulok’s bus terminal number one to climb on board a rig bound for Dan Sai, a small town about two hours north. Luckily, it was due to depart in only 20 minutes, so I would arrive in Dan Sai in the early afternoon. Yay! Fortunately, no one sat next to me, so I could put my backpack in the open seat for maximum comfort instead of between my legs. The journey was very pleasant as we passed through numerous small towns and farmlands, and proceeded up into the woodsy mountains of the Loei province of Isaan, an area where few tourists go.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 20

    June 23rd, 2015

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Phitsanulok, Thailand

    Riding in a tuk-tuk to the Arcade bus station in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
    Riding in a tuk-tuk to the Arcade bus station in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 19

    June 22nd, 2015

    Monday, June 22, 2015
    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Open wide and say ah! Wat Sai Moon Mueng in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
    Open wide and say ah! Wat Sai Moon Mueng in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 18

    June 21st, 2015

    Sunday, June 21, 2015
    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    A whimsical wonderland at Wat That Kham in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
    A whimsical wonderland at Wat That Kham in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 17

    June 20th, 2015

    Saturday, June 20, 2015
    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Some beautiful Thai calligraphy inside a large gong at Wat Sareerikkatart Sirirak in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
    Some beautiful Thai calligraphy inside a large gong at Wat Sareerikkatart Sirirak in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 16

    June 19th, 2015

    Friday, June 19, 2015
    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Some nice street art in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
    Some nice street art in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 15

    June 18th, 2015

    Thursday, June 18, 2015
    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    The bungalows at the Gardenhouse in Sukothai, Thailand.
    The bungalows at the Gardenhouse in Sukothai, Thailand.

    Only two days after I had arrived in Sukothai, it was already time to leave. I wanted to pay a visit to Chiang Mai for a few days before I attempt to attend a traditional Thai festival in Isaan province. So, I boarded a northbound bus around 1:00 pm. Luckily, the seat next to me was open for most of the trip, so I could have my backpack next to me and enjoy some legroom. During the last part of the journey, another guy sat there for about an hour, so I had to move the pack between my legs, which was really ultra-cramped. Of course, the guy had to nod off and man spread his right arm and leg all over me. Oh, and before he jumped on, I caught another young guy sitting across the aisle snapping a selfie with me in the background.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 14

    June 17th, 2015

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    Sukothai, Thailand

    A Buddha image at Wat Maha That in Sukothai, Thailand.
    A Buddha image at Wat Maha That in Sukothai, Thailand.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Part 13

    June 16th, 2015

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015
    Sukothai, Thailand

    Two of the ladies who run the PU Guesthouse in Ayutthaya, Thailand.
    Two of the ladies who run the PU Guesthouse in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

    This morning, as I left the PU Guesthouse to climb in the back of a songthaew to take me to the bus station, the sky unleashed an absolute torrent of rain right as I stepped off the front porch. Not only did I get damp from that, but a rip in the tarp roof that covered the back of the songthaew allowed a bunch of water to spray all over me, so I got another involuntary shower.

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