On the bus – we were driving cross country, on our way to Chiang Mai. We made several stops, for about 15 minutes, but were making a major one for dinner. Our dinner destination, Lampang, and because we had learned a little Thai before we left for Thailand, it was my honor to say thank you in Thai. We pulled up to a small restaurant/bar along the river, it was hot and muggy and I just wanted to pass out. After ordering some drinks I looked up to find geckos on the ceiling. I thought, Wow this would not fly in the USA, because of health standard. This restaurant was also the first experience I had with a”local” watering hole. I thought this was great, we’re hanging out at a local hangout, and experiencing a new World of cuisine. The meal past and it came time for my speach, I know what your thinking, kaub-koon krub, but my thank you was a short 4 sentence paragraph. Which, not until after I spoke it, did I learn that I could have just read if off the a piece of paper, instead of memorizing it like I did, not to mention the restaurant owner, was British.
On My Way Home! – With the meal at hand, it was time to head to Chiang Mai and check into the International Center (IC) at Chiang Mai University. Since we were on the bus for 14 hours, along with a several hour stop in Lampang, it wasn’t until late that we arrived at the IC. We checked out our digs and headed out to the bar a couple of blocks away.
7-11 – It is amazing to see the reach of American born companies, and 7-11 is no different. The 1st night in Chiang Mai, I saw 2 within 2 blocks of each other. It was definitely a staple for junk food when the IC store was closed.