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Nan & Phrae

April 20 - April 24, 2002


About Thailand
About the Trip
Scenic Wallpaper
Thai Language
Links and Books
About the Author
Getting there
Ubon Ratchathani
Ko Chang
Surat Thani
Suan Mokkh #1
Suan Mokkh #2
Suan Mokkh #3
Suan Mokkh #4
Chiang Mai #1
Western Laos
Vang Vieng
Lake Nam Ngum
Nong Khai
Khon Kaen
Chiang Mai #2
Chiang Mai #3
Chiang Mai #4
Chiang Mai #5
Mae Sariang
Mae Hong Son
Tham Lot
Chiang Mai #6
Nan & Phrae
Um Phang
Mae Sot
Bang Pa-in
Udon Thani
Sakhon Nakhon
That Phanom
Nakhon Phanom
Sri Racha
Going Home
Bus Ticket

After Lampang I took a bus to Nan and a few days later backtracked to Phrae. Both towns are similar in their almost total absence of foreigners.

The Thai I'd been learning was put the test in these towns. I'd often stare at a menu on the wall for ten minutes before ordering, slowly translating the Thai script.

Here's an excerpt from an email I sent home later:
A peaceful back street in Nan

After Nan I moved onto Phrae for a few days where I must admit that I spent disgusting amounts of time sitting in the local internet cafe playing Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge until the manager came and waved his hand in front of my face to check if I was in coma. Damn that game's fun.

While I was in Phrae I bought some of the cotton farmers clothing called Maw Hawm.

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