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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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May 17, 2016 - Hot day

We had a nice big breakfast then meet the group and walk next door to get a long tail boat for our canal tour. The weather was mostly clear and quite warm – like really hot. It was cool on the river as long as we were moving, but quite warm when we stopped. Anyway, we traveled down the main water route of Bangkok- the Chao Phraya River – and ran into water buses, taxis, cruise ships, and lines of barges pulled by a tug boat. We sailed past many temples as well as lots of high rises – hotels, condos, and office buildings. Then we turned into...

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Mar 24, 2016 - Two days in and around Chiang Mai

In an attempt to get completely caught up, I'm going to lump the next two days together and briefly tell you what we did. On the 23rd, the group split in two, with some going to a Tiger sanctuary (not part of our itnerary) and some going to Thai handcrafts demonstrations and shops. I was in the second group, visiting a Thai silk factory where we saw all stages of the silk worm right up to the spinning and weaving. What beautiful things we saw there! Next was a Thai silver shop and then a lacquer ware factory. All very interesting processes....

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Mar 22, 2016 - Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

First thing this morning we went to visit the Mae Salong hill tribe village out in the boondocks in rickety pickup trucks. This village was like flying back to a very primitive time with houses built on stilts of bamboo with teak leaves used for covering the roofs. Everything was very open, no windows or doors, but my was it spotless! There were four different hill tribes living here: the Karen tribe, also known as Long necks; the tribe with big ear lobes (can't remember what they were called); the Yao; and the Anka, who were the more...

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Mar 13, 2016 - Backpackers' Mecca of Chiang Mai

Well, I have to admit that I had a lot of trouble putting this entry together. Fran and I really like Chiang Mai; in fact, if it only was by the ocean, it would rate extremely highly on our list of places to live. It is chock-full of restaurants, shops, bars, markets, and a variety of sights that appeal to tourists. I had some minor issues that needed to be seen at the hospital and am glad to report that I thought the care I got was excellent (and extremely cheap). Unfortunately, though, that left limited time for sightseeing. Like all...

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Feb 21, 2016 - Chiang Mai - The Wrong Hotel

Pretty good nights sleep for a train, the bed was a lot more comfortable than the others we have had on this trip. And the breakfast was great too, so good looking I just had to get a photo before we started. We had a couple of hours of daylight to admire the scenery before arriving, a bit late as usual, in Chiang Mai. Then it was the ordeal of fighting off the taxi touts & negotiating a less than inflated rate to get us to our hotel. I showed the guy controlling the taxis our hotel confirmation print out & we were ushered away to a little...

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South East Asia 2016

Feb 5, 2016 - Chiang Mai

A 14 hour train ride north of Bangkok brings us lush green countryside and some respite from the hectic capital. Traffic still fills the roads but Chiang Mai's old town offers a slower pace. As we explore, the perfectly square moat that surrounds the centre proves very useful in helping us to find our way. So we allow ourselves to be distracted and wander down side roads and through markets. We walk, we talk, we eat, we experience. We enjoy the annual flower festival, we visit temples, we walk up through the cascading water of Buan Thong...

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Nov 29, 2015 - Elephants and market

Chiang Mai was relaxing. We wandered in temples. We browsed at night markets (and there are many but all seem to have the same kind of things). Occasionally we bought and made the retailers very happy. We rode in Tuk-tuks. Most days we went for a massage which cost around 200 Thai Baht for an hour (or $7.50). We splurged one day and went to a trip advisor recommended massage parlour and spent 250 TB for an hour massage. We did the ubiquitous Elephant Park trip and went to spend the day feeding and caring for baby elephants. I like dogs....

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Nov 26, 2015 - Chiang Mai - It was a pretty lazy day

It was so lazy that I didn't even take a single photo today - except for some photos of lamps shades for Larry. However we did discover a great restaurant called Bamboo and sampled some fantastic Khao Soi (yellow egg noodles in a coconut milk curry - which is also the "national" dish of Chiang Mai. Extra roasted chilies, pickled mustard greens, red onions and a lime slice are provided on the side so you can bump up the flavour as you wish. At lunch I ate it with Chicken - Khao Soi Gai. At dinner I tried it was prawns - Khao Soi Goong. I...

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