Feeling restless and just getting the car back working – had to replace the rear axel, bad bearing race – so I headed for a short trip to Chiang Rai. Left about 7:30 and arrived in Chiang Rai at 10:00 AM – checked in the WangCome Hotel. I had “Grinder” running and by that time I had received 5 messages from local guys and made arrangement for “Lan” to meet me and be my guide for the day. First we headed for Wat Huay Plakang 9 Tier Temple at Mae Yao, just Northwest from Chiang Rai. You can see more of the temple area in the slideshow below. It also has a very large live-in school area for local students – really nice. From there we headed South along Hwy 1211 to Singha Park at Mae Kon. Hugh park with roaming manicured hills, numerous lakes, flowers, and commercial green tea fields and of course the Singha product pavilion. A great place to have an afternoon picnic – they also put on many concerts here. From here, traveling further south to Khun Kon Forest Park Area and the Mae Kon river. Although only a stream now it still was a great place to go. All along the river were small dams providing play areas and people enjoying the afternoon. although very close , we didn’t go to Khun Kon Waterfall at Tat Mok – purported to be the highest waterfall in Thailand – I wasn’t feeling that great from some new meds I have been given for my BP, so we headed back to the Hotel. Later that evening I had a great Greek salad dinner at Da Vinci’s restaurant. When you go there by sure and say hello to “Maek” your very cute waiter. I did manage to get a fairly good sleep but still decide to head back to Chiang Mai the next morning and see how the BP was holding up. About halfway back to Chiang Mai, along Hwy 118 is Cabbages and Condoms at Wiang Pa Pao. I didn’t stop for food but I bet it’s just as good as in the main facility in Pattaya – one of the best restaurants there – and like Pattaya everything is devoted to Rural Development. Next time on the way up , I’ll be sure and make this my coffee break stop.