AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Chiang Mai: Cycle Ride

Posted on Jan 13, 2014

We hired a bicycle each for the day and decided to cycle to some of the more distant attractions in Chiang Mai. Our first stop was Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders. It’s only a couple of miles out of the centre of Chiang Mai and is an incredible place to visit. It is a private museum, housed in the converted home of Mrs. Rampa Rattanarithikul. She spent 50 years of her life studying insects, mosquitoes mainly. There are thousands of insect specimens in the museum, mosquitoes, beetles, butterflies, moths, stick insects, etc. There are also some fascinating fossils of early life of earth and plenty of shells and colorful rocks. We learnt a few interesting things in the museum and had a couple of chats with the doctor herself. She is now 80 years old and has had enough of staring down a microscope, but she still keeps up to date with the latest developments and is incredibly passionate about life and mosquitoes in general. After a very interesting hour we cycled further out of the city to Wat Umong. This was an interesting site as tunnels had been dug under the stupa. We need some variation because most of the Wats are so similar that we are starting to get bored of them. We then cycled back into the old town to visit our final Wat of the day, Wat Phra Singh. Most Wats are quite picturesque on the outside so we spent a while taking photos of the exterior. Chiang Mai has hundreds of Wats, so we have grouped them all together on our Flickr stream. You can see them all here. Posted from Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai,...

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Hoi An: Bike Ride

Posted on Dec 14, 2013

Hoi An isn’t far from the coast, only a mile or so. Not surprising considering Hoi An was once one of the most important trading ports in south east Asia. In the morning we wandered around Hoi An seeing the ‘ancient’ houses, meeting places and temples but in the afternoon we hired a bicycle each (95p in total) and decided to head for the sea. The river splits a lot when it nears the sea so we had to take a bit of a detour to get to the sea. I had attempted to cycle along the river bank but we ended up seeing some interesting sights such as reeds been cut and dried, small villages and a very expensive part of town. It took an hour to do the 8 miles to the coast and about the same time to do the 6 miles back. Amusingly, it turns out that the road by the hotel goes directly to the beach, dead straight and easy. © OpenStreetMap contributors Download Posted from tp. Hội An, Quang Nam province,...

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