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Aug 1, 2017 - Trekking in the Jungle

We had seen and done all we wanted to do in Chiang Rai, in our final days Mrs Wombat decided to have a day out with elephants, and I was in two minds to go on a rafting expedition or a jungle trek, this gave the traveling wombats a couple of days of separation and a chance to explore our passions and after much deliberating visits to tour offices and talking with people I decided that on our final day in this city I would go trekking for one day, I found an informative tour agent, agreed on the trip, she checked that there was room and I...

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Jul 30, 2017 - Elephant Whispering

Anybody who knows me, would be well versed with my love of elephants. I am a massive supporter of Elephant Nature Park based in Chiang Mai and Mr Wombat and I have had numerous visits there, both together and separately. We first visited the sanctuary about 9 years ago and it has been wonderful to watch as the Park grows bigger and more successful every year. The founder, Lek Chalert is inspirational and ENP has become a juggernaut in the area of elephant rescue, rehabilitation and support. However, I digress, as I have decided to support...

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Jul 26, 2017 - Chiang Khong to Chiang Rai

After a good nights sleep at the hip, chic and new Sleeping Well Hostel - an $18 dollar room, (just a shoe box), we had a leisurely start to the day, enjoyed a delicious and Western breakfast and it was then time to head off to catch the bus to Chiang Rai. We had established the night before, that there is a bus departing for Chiang Rai every 30 minutes, so we knew that time was not important. Our hostel host had told us the night before, that he could take us to the bus station in his car for 30TBH each, so we thought this would be a good...

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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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