A very pleasant 1 week stopover on my way back from the United States… If somewhat cold (and cold it was indeed – it seems it was the coolest and the rainiest summer in 100 years, at least that’s what I was told by Western Islanders, those from the East seemed surprised, the two parts of the island tend to have a totally different kind of weather; and when it’s raining everywhere – seek shelter South of the glacier, it stops all the clouds)…

Iceland has been designed very well as far as tourism industry is concerned – all the main attractions, wonders of nature that is, are located right next to the road called the Golden Circle. Which means there are lots of tourists everywhere (except for night hours… but they are surprisingly bright in summer) so forget about experiencing the nature all by yourself (unless you venture into the interior but then you need appropriate gear which I…

Having left Lopburi, I reach Chiang Mai after 17 hours train ride (13 hours travel; 2 hours waiting in the station; 2 hours delay on the way, including switching the trains in the middle of the jungle due to engine breakdown). Luckily the train was half empty and I could sleep quite comfortably.

Chiang Mai (“New City”) was officially founded in 1296 by king Mengrai, though before there already existed a town called Wiang Nopburi. Chiang Mai replaced Chiang Rai as Lanna kingdom capital. The city is located amidst picturesque mountains that make the biggest highlight for travellers (plus the all-night party centre and over 300 temples to see). Chiang Mai can really be addictive – you can ask those many individuals who only stopped here for a couple of days and have been living here for years already.

Do Chiang Mai docieram z Lopburi po ok,…