Misty morning (or we hoped it was mist…). Problems with 250 inverter starting, BoyRob righted after several reboots. Everything inside needs good clean, sheets and towels getting yucky, pillows and doona need airing, fridge needs defrost, sand in bed, ants in cupboards, vinyl grubby... come on Chiang Mai! Photo stop at lower reaches of Opthuang National Park, river flowing rapidly through ravines, rocks, rapids... look like good walks, swimming holes. Shame we were here early in morning – could have been a great place to stay (although couldn’t see places to get down with camper trucks), opened to shallow river. Markets just opening for day, expecting hundreds by look of stalls and inner tubes. Shaded platforms out in river to swim to and sit, eat and drink.
Thailand is a real juxtaposition of the old and the new, thatched roofs with satellite dishes, longtail boats with outboard engines, new cars transporting 15 people at a time, air conditioned coffee shops next to outdoor meat market brushing away flies with plastic bag on a stick. Cities are more provincial. Stopped at checkpoint 40kms from Chiang Mai –the first one not to wave us through. Asked for drivers licence (not international) and "passport for car" (presumably rego) - they waved us on.