Chiang Rai Journals

Planning for Indo-China

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A travel journal to Chiang Rai by MichaelJM

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand More Photos
Quote: We'd been thinking about this holiday for some time and decided, with friends, to make the journey. The detailed planning is always important so we carefully considered what we wanted from the holiday. Our first port of call was Chiang Rai and then on to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

A road trip through Northern Thailand

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sunrise through the mist Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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We’d only had a few hours sleep due to a body clock that was totally out of sync and the fact that we needed to be leaving the hotel early to make the two hour road journey to the Laos border. It was still quite dark when we got up to our 5.30am call, but by the time we’d enjoyed our breakfast the sun was shining through. After admiring the view across the lake we made it upstairs to the hotel reception and our awaiting guide.We left our hotel with the sun shining across our route but within 15 minutes an "atmospheric mist" was present. Not that we were complaining because it did seem to be appropriate that the landscape should be shrouded in mysticism.We passed through many sm...Read More

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

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Hotel | "Our first night on route for Indo China"

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Le Meredien Hotel Resort in Chiang Rai was our first stop over on our extended tour of Indo China, and we were met at the airport by our chauffeur. She was waiting for us as we left the baggage pick up area and greeted us with a smile. We’d actually completed two of the most stressful parts of the journey, especially when, as on this occasion, our luggage was the very last piece to be put on to the conveyor belt. Our friends had come in to view fairly promptly and there seemed to be a long, long delay before ours arrived. I’d reassured myself that it wouldn’t matter if the cases were lost because clothes in Vietnam and the rest of the countries we’re visiting are cheap. I’d got my camera, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2011

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
221/2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road
Tambon Robwieng, Amphur Muang, Chiang Rai 57000
(66)(53) 603 333

A bit of pampering!

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Over the years we have come to the conclusion that our holiday starts as soon as we leave the house on the day of the flight. Although for recent holidays we’ve enjoyed the planning discussions (usually over a meal with a good wine and a magnificent Malt to complete the evening), the research and the anticipation of countless new experiences to follow.This year our holiday started in earnest around three weeks before we were due to fly as we settled down for our final "planning meeting". Our friends had invited to discuss the "added extras" and she’d thrown herself in to the spirit of the holiday by cooking a Vietnamese meal for us. It smelt and tasted delicious and we’re just hoping that ...Read More

The Fox Inn

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Restaurant | "A gastro pub worth trying"

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We first found the The Fox Inn at Souldern when we’d been travelling to the airport with friends. They’d done a Google search of pubs close to the M40 motorway and come up with it. The web site made it look OK so we decided that we’d little to lose and it had to be better than eating at the airport. Since then we’ve used it another couple of times and I was, therefore booking a table with confidence for this stop-off on route to Heathrow. I was advised that the finished serving food in the afternoon at 2.30, although in real terms this means that your order has to be with the kitchen by that time. That seemed to be OK as we were wanting a late lunch as we didn’t need to check in until 5.00...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

The Fox Inn
Fox Lane
Souldern, Bicester, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Planning is not tedious

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Once again we were looking to plan for a long haul holiday and as our friends (who travelled with us to Peru and The Galapagos) wanted to see the same countries we started to think about it over an unhurried meal, a couple of bottles of wine and a fine malt whiskey.Indo China (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) were the countries that we fancied visiting and after our initial discussion we went our separate ways to research the options. We were all certain that we were not taking on this trip as independent travellers, so it was a matter of finding a tour operator who would be able to customise our requirements as well as giving us some sound advice on the best things to see whilst in each of the...Read More