April 2017
  • Day17

    On the way to Laos

    May 10, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Thanks to Corinna we got to board a very unknown bus this morning which brought us not only to the Thai Laos border but even beyond it which is usually a pretty price onwards trip, just to cross from the last town in Thailand to the next town in Laos from where we took the next day the slow boat.

    We got driven all the way to the Lao town, where the last Tuktuk from the bus station to the town center brought us all the way to the boat pier. And right on the spot we found a very descent hotel with restaurant beside it with the most amazing view you could have. For just about 16 Euro!
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  • Day16

    Waterfall hike

    May 9, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    For today we slept out and rented us for the afternoon a scooter which should carry us to the start of a short trail, about one hour away from the city of Chiang Rai.

    From the trail head we had to walk maybe half an hour to a pretty nice waterfall, where I could jump from the side and even from behind the waterfall out into the small pool. The trail to the waterfall was a leading us through wonderful Jungle and bamboo forests.Read more

  • Day15

    Golden triangle

    May 8, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Last point of a very long and tiring day, but never the less a great view point: The Golden Triangle where two rivers, one of them the mighty Mekong, meet and three countries have their borders: Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.

    Not to far from here we will cross the border the next days on our journey leading us onwards into Laos.Read more

  • Day15

    Scorpion temple

    May 8, 2017 in Myanmar ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    After about an hour drive we reached the next point on our day tour which was called th Scorpion temple. We first of had got some great views over to the other side of the border where Myanmar was.

    In the temple we got explained by our guide, that the scorpion has been a present of a former king. The (artificial) monks sitting along the wall are some of the most respected and wise monks ever lived in Thai and they been apparently pretty close to the target of living a good life.

    We also got explained that every man in Thailand is supposed to be a monk at least once in his life, but not more than three times, as you would have to decide at some stage what you really want. Most of the men seem to take the monk time for a better education which they wouldn't get in their countryside villages.

    It was interesting to hear that you can decide yourself how long you want to be a monk. If it would be only for a week, a year, a decade or your whole life... So the Buddhism appear to be a very "relaxed" religion in terms of free will.
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  • Day15

    Monkey cave

    May 8, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Next stop on the day trip was a pond where the locals seem to gather the local monkey groups for the tourists by feeding them. Beyond all the Monkeys down at the pond there has also been a very steep stairs leading up to a little cave with Buddha shrine inside.

    Funny to scary was it that we were told to take a Bamboo stick is before going up so that we could defend ourselves against monkeys living up in the hills, incase they would attack us.Read more

  • Day15

    Black house museum

    May 8, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    A collection of house, bones and wood carved artwork collected by a local wealthy person who tried to preserve the original Thai architecture which is getting more and more replaced by modern concrete buildings.

  • Day15

    Blue temple

    May 8, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    This blue temple is made by another local artist who saw his focus on the color blue for the whole temple area. Spacial about this building style, as told by our guide, was that first every structure is getting painted all over blue and then afterwards the details are getting coloured. Usually the structures are getting colored individually from ground up without having a base color.Read more

  • Day15

    Tea plantation Singha Park

    May 8, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Next stop on our day tour pack was a view platform across the biggest tea plantation in the area operated by Singha, who is also producing a popular Thai beer.

    We got told by our guide how tea is made: All kind of teas are made of the same plant and the only difference of the various tea kinds are the height and frequency of the tea leafs cut of the bush.

    So the most expensive tea, white, is made of the top two or three leafs, while the cheapest tea, black, is made by older and lower tea leafs.
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  • Day15

    Chiang Rai day tour, White temple

    May 8, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today we have booked ourselves a full day tour through the highlights of the county around Chiang Rai with a guide and some other people getting driven around in a mini bus.

    First stop on the route for the famous white temple which is built by a local artist and still under construction similar to the Gaudi cathedral in Barcelona.Read more