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Dec 13, 2016 - Three countries in one.....

The journey to the Golden triangle went without incident, enjoying the beautiful scenery and multiple pineapple stands stands on route we arrived in Chiang Saen just over an hour later. We spent some time looking around, enjoying the view of the three countries (Myanmar to the left, Laos to the right and standing on Thailand) before making our way to find out what options we had for a boat tour along the river. Unfortunately (and somewhat stupidly!) we hadn’t bought our passports with us…. Despite coming to the boarder. Whilst some of the...

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Nov 17, 2016 - Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle

We arrived in Chiang Rai early enough that we could enjoy the nice swimming pool before having dinner in the Golden Pine Resort Hotel. Early the next morning we headed north to Chiang Saen and the Golden Triangle Park where the Ruak River flows into the Mekong River, where Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos meet. This area was once known as the Opium Capital of the world. Thailand has worked hard to eliminate its production by helping the hill people find new sources of income. Now Pakistan is the Opium Capital. A small museum showing how opium...

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Oct 31, 2016 - Ao Nang/Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai/Chiang Kham/Chiang Mai

Two very relaxed weeks, somewhat predictable but just what we needed. Many hugs and handshakes leaving Ibis Styles Ao Nang, the corker being an (almost) limo to the airport compliments of the hotel. Lovely finish. We then flew up to Chiang Mai (Thailand’s second largest city) staying in a completely new area near the Uni. Stayed at Mercure Hotel which is in the Accor group. Hotel would have been very grand 30 years ago but now just very tired. Rooms huge but well-worn with slightly mis-matched furniture. A little disappointing. Within...

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The Almost Posh Tour

May 21, 2016 - Villas and the Golden Triangle

Up about 6:00 and off to the hotel breakfast – not as nice as the previous hotels but it was adequate. Getting picky about the free breakfasts! Pile into the hotel vans and head off to visit the Doi Tung Villa of the Queen Mother who died back in the 1990s. She had the villa designed to look like the ones she stayed in while in Switzerland – so lots of wood paneling. The grounds are quite high in Thailand so many flowers that could only grow in cooler climates can grow here – and the place was a riot of color. Entry into the villa was like...

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May 20, 2016 - Rickshaws and Mountain Views

Up early and stick our bags outside, then breakfast and off about 8:00 to Chiang Rai. Nice day too – not so hot as before. After working our way through the rush hour traffic we started up into the mountains. Our first stop was at a hot springs where you could put your feet into a stream of hot water – not scalding but hot. A few of our group went to have fish eat off their dead skin in a small pool – it looked interesting if a bit creepy. Then back on the bus and through some beautiful mountains and lots of farm areas. Next stop was the...

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Mar 21, 2016 - Setting foot in Burma

Today started off with a bus ride to the border with Myanmar (formerly Burma), part of the "golden triangle" where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet, and where a great quantity of the world's opium was (is?) produced. Once through the tedious border formalities, we were loaded into two-person motorized rickshaws for a wild and bumpy ride through the city on the Burmese side up to a hilltop temple where we were painted with the local suntan lotion: moistened bamboo that was ground on a flat stone surface to make a paste. There we found out...

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Mar 20, 2016 - Sukothai to Chang Rai

We're all getting pretty good at these early morning departures: luggage outside the door at 6:30, on the bus at 7:30. This morning, after the usual hearty breakfast, we set out for our day-long drive up to Chiang Rai (pronounced Shing-rye), near the Burmese (Myanmar) border. In the south of the country, the terrain is very flat. Late yesterday, we started seeing more vegetation (tobacco fields, sugar cane) and hills rising up from the flat plain. Today it is much more hilly with lots of teak forests and the rice fields are more lush and...

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Mar 10, 2016 - Cooking, Condoms, and Cockroaches in Chiang Rai, Thailand

After our relaxing boat trip up the Mekong and a not-so-relaxing van ride, we arrived in Chiang Rai. I have to admit one of my main interests in going to Chiang Rai stemmed from my desire to see the "Long-neck women." These women add metal rings to their necks since early childhood, which results in their shoulders being pushed down so that they look like they have a long neck. Bracelets adorn their arms and legs as well. From what I remember reading, visitors can trek up to the Burmese border, cross briefly into Burma to visit the...

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Feb 15, 2016 - Bangkok to Chiang Rai

Start of my Intrepid Laos & Mekong Discovery trip. The morning was basically a repeat of what I have seen previously in Bangkok, and as usual it was hot & humid. Toured the Royal Palace with hoardes of people, but glad we went first thing as I could already see it was going to be much busier later. The architecture is stunning, something out of an oriental fairytale. Then on to Wat Pho, home to the reclining Buddha, followed by a canal tour of Bangkok in a longtail boat (very hard to get in and out of), even though I have been in them...

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Dec 23, 2015 - Bangkok/Chiang Rai/Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Flew up to Chiang Rai to visit Peter R (as opposed to Peter H!) who we met when we all worked at CSIRO in Merbein. Had a fabulous 3 days with Peter R and his Thai partner Ooy. They live in a small village within The Golden Triangle, which is near the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. We stayed in a nice little adjoining village in a “resort”…..ahem, 8 small cabins and an outside restaurant surrounded by trees and bush. Only a 2km walk to their house which in itself was interesting, surprised villagers offering beer and a seat as we...

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Fully Booked

Aug 12, 2015 - Cooking School; Chiang Rai

August 12-13; Cooking School; Moving On; Catch-up Day Of Note: Today is Queen Sirikit’s 83rd birthday and a countrywide holiday. Her picture at various stages of her rule are everywhere as are blue (born on Friday) and white bunting and flags. Newspapers are full of company and government department ads honoring her. Her birthday is also used as Mother’s Day throughout the country. A big “Bike for Mom” is being held somewhere to raise money for charity. This is a very big deal. Feels very British. From Wikipedia (only because this...

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Jan 24, 2014 - Chiang Rai.

Friday, 24 January. At noon, Lek and I left the Smith Residence with a luggage fitted for a 4-5 day’s excursion. At 14.45 o’clock, the Green Bus departed from Chiang Mai’s Arcade Bus Station. The trip took lesser than 3 hrs. There were some sharped curves, but in general the road were rather good. Most of the time, we passed through thick forests. We also climbed some mountains. When we arrived to Chiang Rai, we were asked where we wished to step of. We chose to leave the bus at Chiang Rai’s old bus station, which is inside the city and...

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