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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai September 14th 2015

Hi everybody! I woke up at 5am today..so excited for my pick up at 8am. We drive about 60 kilometers to the ENP office to pay the remainder of our deposits and then we head to the park!!!!!! Man o man am I over the moon! It is going to be emotional due to ENP loosing baby Ellie Haansa last week. Heartbreaking. But I hope that I can make Lek and family smile and laugh. Well I better get downstairs for some coffee and breakfast before my journey. Xoxo... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai September 9th 2015

Hello friends! So aside from wanting to be hands on and help the elephants live a life of freedom, I want to bring smiles to the children's faces that go to the near by school. I have collected boys & girls clothing & shoes, fun costume jewelry for the girls to play dress up with, fun flash cards to teach English, cute stuffed animals, & these amazing motivational coloring books with crayons. I can't wait to see their little faces light up!! Thank you to all of my friends who donated items! I love you!! So this motivational coloring book is called..SeeMore Frog and the Midnight Flight of the CanBees. The story teaches the message of "Life is what you make it", and "Be all that you can be!" I myself have one! Happy sigh::: Xo ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai September 8th 2015

First time Blogger here. I have no idea what I am doing, so bare with me. I am using this site to share my TRIP TO THAILAND with viewers like you. Also I will be typing fast and be in and out so grammar is not a concern of mine. I just want to share my thoughts as I will be traveling alone for the first time out of the country. I hope you will enjoy my entries. xo, Heather Marie... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai September 7th 2015

Bangkok 27July - 2 Aug - Bangkok Shangri-La We were met at the airport by the hotel limousine - it's the most luxurious car I've ever been in with adjustable seats and footrests in the back of the car! We were greeted at the hotel and taken straight to the lift where we had an in-room check-in. They had decorated our amazing suite with balloons and flower petal art on bed. Red roses in bedroom, bathroom and lounge! As Horizon club members we had use of the 19th floor lounge where we had breakfast and also free cocktail Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm. This basically was all you could eat and drink for 2 hours!! We ate in the in hotel Thai Retaurant on the first night as we had a complimentary meal. this was a set ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep August 16th 2015

Chiang Mai Walking Food Tour Friday 24 July - Chiang Mai Walking Food tour with our guide Rain - so much food!! Chiang Mai has over 200 wats or temples to visit. met at Wat Chiang Man in the walled city. Chiang Mai's oldest temple was established by the city's founder, Phaya Mengrai, sometime around 1296. The temple contains two famous Buddhas, which reside in the small sanctuary to the right of the main chapel. Phra Sila is a marble bas-relief Buddha that stands about 30cm high and reportedly came from Sri Lanka or India. Phra Sae Tang Khamani , a 10cm high, crystal image, is thought to have come from Lavo (Lopburi) 1800 years ago. In front of the ordination hall the stone slab, engraved in 1581, bears the earliest known reference to the city's ... read more
Our first snack from Somphett Market
Chiang Mai Food Tour - Fish at market
Durian! Smell bad but taste delicious or so we are told!

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 25th 2015

Nick: I'll start by owning up and saying that we didn't really get around to doing an awful lot during our few days in Chiang Mai; after our tiring three day trek in northern Laos, and the subsequent nightmare journey we had getting here, we both feeling pretty washed out and needed a few days relaxing to recharge our batteries. As such, what follows here is not necessarily a reflection of there being little to do in the town, more a result of our own disinclination to do very much! After sixteen-odd hours of travelling/waiting about, we finally arrived at our guesthouse late at night, in the midst of a tropical downpour. By the time we'd checked in, hung out all of our soggy backpack contents (the entirety of which were damp either from trekking-related sweat ... read more
Off to pick up the groceries...
Our guide, Yam, explaining the various ingredients to us
The marketplace

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai June 10th 2015

To be perfectly honest I had never heard of Chiang Mai before I found myself purchasing a one way train ticket to this mysterious destination. I guess this goes to show how little planning I put into this trip! But after experiencing first-hand how easily plans change while on the road, I know that I wouldn’t have had it any other way. There is something intriguing about the unknown. Exploring new cities, tasting new foods, meeting new people and plunging into new adventures is all part of the backpacker parcel, especially when the chosen location is somewhere a little bit off the beaten track. My Chiang Mai experience began when I stepped foot on my very first night train. In my opinion night trains are the number one means of transport in Thailand and other countries ... read more
Elephant Nature Park
Saturday Night Market-Pancakes!
Monk Chat

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai May 5th 2015

The cooking classes I took in Chiang Mai were taught by a woman named Yui (yoo-ee), her company is called “A Lot of Thai.” I am SO glad that I chose this class. There are many options for cooking classes in Thailand. I chose hers because of the quality of her website, it was well put together and showed creativity. Yui is not a typical Thai woman and she makes this very clear. Unlike most others, she is inquisitive and rambunctious. She says what is on her mind and asks many questions. When she was growing up she would ask questions and her elders always told her, “Shut up!” But, she refused to shut up and it has turned her into a very special person and a fantastic teacher. Just being in her presence was inspiring. ... read more
Green Curry Chicken w/Brown Rice
Tom Yum w/ Prawns

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai May 5th 2015

One morning we were welcomed into the home of a local Thai family to see how they lived and for a cooking lesson where we helped cook our lunch. The family owned a number of acres containing their family's original home built on stilts (and with a small "peepee" hole in the floor so they didn't have to go outside at night) and their current home, also on stilts as many of the building are, along with a vegetable and herb garden and assorted fruit trees. The soil was very light coloured and packed down hard (as elsewhere in China and Thailand). It didn't look very conducive to producing food but the trees were fruiting and I gather that when the rainy season arrives everything grows like mad. We cooked several dishes outside in large woks ... read more
Chillis
Curry paste
Thai cooking lesson

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai May 4th 2015

Yesterday we went to the Elephant Conservation Center. It started with a bus ride with a very spirited monk who friended us on Facebook and took lots of photos with us. The elephant hospital is a great place in Thailand where sick elephants come to be rehabilitated. We got to ride on one for about a half hour and it was awesome!! They are very kind to the animals and the animals are surprisingly happy!! We got to see a few mamas with their newborns, baby elephants are so cute!!! We bought some bananas to feed the baby's, one of the babies was so sleepy we tried to feed him and ended up just hitting him the head with the banana instead... It was pretty funny. When it was time to leave we had no idea ... read more
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