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Jun 15, 2017 - Technology and Money When Travelling.

Of course you would not have doubted that I had all of our technology requirements sorted, for the 3 months away. I had adaptors, leads, spare phone and tablets to keep in touch, along with many other gadgets designed to make things work, including a portable keyboard and even the chrome cast dongle, for streaming in our Netflix series, (the chances of English channels on TV in SE Asia are few and far between). All works well, but a pit fall is WiFi! Hotel WiFi, whilst all advertise that they have this essential travelling tool, what we...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Seeing Things Differently

As I had hoped, a good sleep made all the difference and the city and everything in it seemed much better in the morning. As we have streets full of cafes around where we are staying, it is a dilemma choosing where to eat. We decide on a nice looking cafe, breakfasts for $3 including tea and coffee and sat back planning our day. We are hopeless market addicts and even though we had braved Chinatown less than a week earlier, we decide to visit the famous Russian Market. After some haggling and banter and choosing of a "safe" tuk tuk (no,...

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Jun 7, 2017 - Chiang Mai Thailand Part 1

We can see the changes of the wonderful city each time we visit The have spent the past few days back in Chiang Mai, a city that is both familar to us and very busy. The sights sounds and the people don't change, what is changing is the ever increasing amount of young Chinese tourists, there is no doubt that this city is on their hot spot list. These few days we have spent time catching up with aquaintences and exploring parts of the city we have not yet seen despite our many visits and of course a foot massage or 3 (we are pacing...

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Jun 4, 2017 - We are under way

We have arrived in our favorite city of Thailand, Chiang Mai with the reality starting to set in that we are on holidays. Back tracking the past couple of days since leaving home, firstly starting the journey with our private vehicle hire from home to the Brisbane airport, the vehicle was supposed to be an SUV or small luxury van at best, what turned up at the door was a a stretch limmo,(the next thing I said to Mrs Wombat was "What's this costing us") Ron the chauffeur knocked on the door introduced himself, advised that as the company was...

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Mar 22, 2017 - Hap a Boon! Mud bath with Elephants

Hap a boon! Mud bath with Elephants March 22, 2017 Chiang Mai, Thailand This journal is taking on a definite turn to the rear. Yesterday I relayed my adventure with the Pilko Poo-Ping Pants at the Royal Palace. Today, let’s talk butts for a moment. In this case, Thai Butts. Okay, I know that they call Thai currency the Baht, but, really, there is simply no way that my 12-yr. old mind can think of them other than as Thai Butts. But that’s just the money. Here is something altogether crappier. Taking a mud bath with elephants. And I’m using...

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Mar 21, 2017 - Pilko’s Poo-Ping Pants

Pilko’s Poo-Ping Pants March 21, 2017 Chiang Mai, Thailand “Call me M.”, said M when we met him sitting at his desk with the “Tours of Chiang Mai” sign. He came highly recommended. By Trip Advisor reviews of our hotel. They said things like, “M really knows his stuff.” That was good by me. “Everyone in Thailand has a nickname, and mine is M. My mother loved the radio so she called my big brother F and me M”. There are way worse ways to get a nickname, so good for him. M arranged for Duni to pick us up in his Honda Civic circa 1963 and we...

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Mar 20, 2017 - Next language, please

Next language, please March 20, 2017 Chiang Mai, Thailand Well, if you'd ask me 2 months ago what the hardest thing I'd have to do during this journey would be, I don't think I would have guessed correctly.   Turns out that the hardest thing to do was saying goodbye to Savath at the airport this morning as his little tuk tuk dropped us off.  There were hugs all around, some photos, and wishes expressed for nothing but good fortune and happiness in at least the 6 languages that he and I have tried out on I've another over the past...

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Dec 15, 2016 - Trekking, elephants and waterfalls

Wednesday was trek day…. I was really looking forward to the trek having heard great things about the mountains around Chiang Mai. We grabbed a quick breakfast before getting picked up in one of the traditional Chiang Mau trucks at 9.30am. There was another couple from Poland already there who were joining us for the two day, one night experience. We did a few more stops and picked up another girl and two guys, the other three were doing a 2 night, three day trek but without the elephant sanctuary which was included in ours. As always, it...

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Dec 11, 2016 - Chiang Mai - Mark 1

We’ve just arrived in Chiang Rai, the most northern town we will be staying in while in Thailand. Last time I wrote we were on the train heading north to Chiang Mai after a few days in Bangkok. The train journey was definitely interesting! We had gone for a non-aircon train, slightly earlier in the day – more due to availability than active choice. It was pretty bustling, lots of people selling things, a few westerners and a lot of locals and a monk sitting opposite us. The set up was quite different to the trains in China and also the...

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Nov 20, 2016 - Elephant Camp

On our bus trip from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai, we stopped first at Wat Rong Khun, a beautiful white temple. Strictly speaking, a wat is a temple, an edifice housing a large image of Buddha and a structure for lessons. A site without a minimum of three resident bhikkhus cannot correctly be described as a wat although the term is frequently used more loosely, even for ruins of ancient temples. By the end of the 20th century, the original Wat Rong Khun was in a bad state of repair. Funds were not available for renovation. Chalermchai...

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May 19, 2016 - Elephants an Thai food

Up early for breakfast then on to the bus and the Elephant Conservancy – a refuge for elephants that would otherwise be redundant. The use of elephants in the logging trade, their traditional role, has been outlawed so all the elephants used for that were out of a job. Several refuges were set up to help these abandoned animals. This one not only took in otherwise “useless” animals but also operated a hospital for injured elephants – especially ones who had been maimed by land mines – several had been given artificial legs. Thai elephants...

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May 18, 2016 - Temples, umbrellas, tuk tuks and dance

Up early again and make our way to the back of the hotel. Offering bowls had been set out and after a few minutes three Buddhist monks appeared and collected the offerings of food, drink, and flowers. Buddhist monks don't work so they depend on offerings to survive. At the end they chanted their thanks. While they were chanting we poured water into a bowl and when they left we poured the water on a tree to share the blessing. After that we had another nice breakfast. Then board the bus for another day on the go. We drive out of town and up...

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