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Jan 22, 2012 - What a Wat!

It seems many stores, including motorbike rental places, are closed on Sunday... so hopefully we can try that out another day... We donned our full packs this morning as the Riverside Guest House was booked full for the night and we had only reserved Saturday. But we didn't walk for long! Just a few houses down the street an older woman beckoned us, and it's a lovely guest house for just 300B for the night. And there's AC and free fruit and coffee! We dropped our bags, and with the motorbike option put on hold, sought alternative transport...

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Jan 21, 2012 - "You are Very... White"

6:30am- meet mahouts to retrieve elephants from the forest. I only got a little wet when we bathed on the way back to the showground 8:00am- breakfast (again toast, eggs, and fried chicken) 9:00am- training with the mahout and my elephant (basically we practice the sequence of commands that we perform in the show 9:45am- a very entertaining bathing session... probably because it was the last one, the mahouts put a log of effort into getting us wet. Most notably, this involved Elyse being bucked off of her elephant's head, and mine rolling...

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Feb 17, 2011 - Lampang again

Now we're for more then one week in Lampang, went twice by Bicycles along the Wong River and made any friends in this town - like a bookseller, we call him Harry, because he remind us at our sun and find any interesting places (see for the photographs). Our friends we met yesterday evening showed us the famous Wat Chedi Sao with a Buddha statue from solid gold and after that we haad a Thai meal and a nice evening with our host and his family. Unsere Lampanger Freunde luden uns zu einem Thai-Abendessen ein und Lilo freundete sich dabei mit...

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Feb 14, 2011 - Valentinstag in Lampang

Der Valentinstag wurde hier ganz groß gefeiert, in Verbindung mit der Eröffnung des renovierten Rathauses. Dabei lernten wir eine Lampanger Familie kennen, deren Oberhaupt sehr gut Deutsch sprach - er hat in Berlin studiert und für MAN gearbeitet - und genossen eine schöne Vernissage von Keramiken und Bildern und kriegten am Ende den Katalog geschenkt. Die Bäume rund um den Clock Tower waren mit Lichterketten geschmückt und allmählich entwickelte sich ein richtiges Volksfest.

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Feb 10, 2011 - Lampang

Now we're really in Lampang where we had been during our 2006-Trip for a short visit from these famose elephant conservation center. Now we enjoy the quiet and friendly city. We stay in the riverside guesthouse direct by the Wong river and will have a brake for any days. This is the trip of breaks it seems. Jetzt sind wir tatsächlich in Lampang, wo wir bisher nur auf unserer Karte waren, weil es auf der Phrae nicht gibt. Hier waren wir schon bei unserem Trip 2006 im Elefant Conservation Center. Jetzt entdecken wir die Stadt und wohnen im...

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Feb 7, 2011 - Festival in Thung Hong

In Thung Hong, a small village near Phrae, we joined the annual festival carried out from the small villagrs round Phrae. We met a nurse which speaks any words English and with these words and our very basic Thai we had a funny afternoon waiting for the longe line of music bandas, young girls and children in the traditional Lanna-costume and so on. No other tourits exept us but we feel us wellcome and got a lot of invitations to have a drink or a noodle soup atc. In Thung Hong, einem Vorort von Phrae, gibt es alljährlich ein Festival, bei...

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Feb 6, 2011 - Busy in Phrae

There is a lot to see in Phrae. The Chinese New Year started with dancing groups and a lot of noise also in our small road. We visited the wonderful Wats, often foundet by rich chinese people in 19th century, when the earned a lot from the teak wood. in the Gouvernor's House we joined a groupe from young and older people learning the traditional Lanna music and we were invited to listen. In Wongburi House made from Teak Wood in European style we met the grand daugther from the founder, a lovely old lady and had a good talk from former years...

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Feb 4, 2011 - weiter nach Norden - Break in Phrae

After a nice break in Sukhothai with Jacqui and Jim and her lovely son in a very comfortable Thai stile Ressort we startet for Phrae, a small town in the North near Lampang (we can't find the town on a Trip Journals map). Peter has problems with his back and got 2 times Thai massage in a shop recommended by Jim. And it helps. Please, Milie, tell to Frederique to write over the Trip Journal ("leave a message"). We are'nt able to handle our Facebook account here. In Sukhothai sind wir gern etwas länger geblieben: JJs Guesthouse war ein...

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Dec 14, 2010 - Lampang Elephant conservation centre

Today we leave Chiang Mai and set out for Lampang Elephant Conservation Centre. There was an elephant show - moving logs, bowing etc. We had a 45minute elephant ride through a river and into the countryside for a short ride. It was a little hairy but fun. (that was Viv speaking). They took us to see a one year old elephant - everyone say aah! Then a visit to a hospital for the sick ones. Some had lost part of there leg because of landmines. Very sad to see. There was a premature baby 10 months old now but not as big as a 3 month old. It was...

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Dec 1, 2010 - Au royaume des Elephants

L'animal symbole de la Thaïlande est l'elephant. Nous ne pouvions pas être dans ce pays sans avoir vu au moins une fois des éléphants. C'est pourquoi nous nous rendons au "thaï elephant conservation center" à Lampang. C'est un centre ou ils gardent, s'occupent et dressent des éléphants. L'elephant en Thaïlande n'est ni un animal de compagnie ni un animal sauvage, ils étaient utilisés commes des machines. Ils remplaçaient ce que nous connaissons aujourd'hui comme un tracteur ou un buldozer ou encore comme un tank pour la guerre... Il y a des...

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Aug 24, 2010 - Lampang - A Day with Jay-Jay

Well, that slow third-class train ride finally got us to Lampang. We had planned on picking up our motorbike the next day and starting our trip through the Golden Triangle. That’s not the way things turned out, but we’re not complaining. We stayed in Lampang an additional day and night, talked into momentarily delaying our motorbike adventure by a friend. We had a great time. When one travels as we do, one meets a lot of people. Amy and I have made friends and acquaintances around the world, and we’re always looking to meet more. When...

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Aug 20, 2010 - Lampang - Elephants, Trains & More

We’re now sitting at a train station in Lampang, waiting for the train on which we will travel the two or three hours to Chiang Mai. It was to have arrived at 10:10. It’s now 11:00. It may be here momentarily, but then again, it may not. The time of arrival and the trip duration should be taken as best guess estimates only. Thai trains do not arrive and depart with Swiss precision. Likewise, transit times vary depending on how fast the engineer chooses to push his train on any particular day, whether he needs to swing by the old homestead...

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