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2013-01-25 Traveling to Mae Sot

Sunday January 20th, 2013

Today we left the lovely city of Chiang Mai on a double decker bus to Mae Sot for our next adventure. At what seemed like first light we loaded the bus and nearly everyone passed out asleep. 
A short two hours later, into our four-hour bus ride, we stopped for a much needed rest at Lampang Medicinal Plants Conservation Assembly, a combination of a herbal shop and a massage shop. All the students had the opportunity to get a traditional Thai massage and go in an herbal sauna. There was also the option of getting an oil massage but as some of us found out later, it is very different from oil massages at home and far more naked.
At the sauna we were given a sarong to change into and herbal tea to sip. We were instructed to enter our individual chambers and adjust the steam to our liking. Herbs were infused into the water that became our steam. In the steam for about 5-10 mins and then back out for tea for an hour straight.
When it came time for the Thai massage we were given scrub-like clothes to change into. The massage was a combination of pushing pressure points and stretching. Afterwards we all felt sleepy and relaxed.
Students were able to purchase herbal remedies from the store ranging from shampoos to teas. Then we were off yet again.
Along the way we stopped at Riverside Restaurant on the Mekong River. Students immediately gravitated to the western food options. I myself ordering a hamburger and French fries, loving every second.
But yet again we were off, until we finally reached Centara Mae Sot Resort. Greeted with sweet rice water and wet towels, we welcomed the fancy resort. The beds were comfortable and there was finally hot water. 
Everyone hit the sack pretty hard and fell fast asleep in preparation for our next adventure.
Kaitlyn Frazier

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