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    • Day28

      Chaing Mai: Raunkaew Yanon Family Visit

      March 17, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 95 °F

      We visited the home of the Raunkaew-Yanon family, who arrived in the Chaing Mai by elephant 150 years ago.
      The family is a Lanna family ( from Northern Thailand and are animists), who continue the traditions of many generations in building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a manner now rarely seen in Chiangmai.
      We learned and experienced their simple Lanna way of life. They showed us their family orchard with many types of fruit such as banana, mango, coconut, and garden that is filled with herbs for cooking. We also had the opportunity to join the cooking for our meal in their outdoor kitchen taught by the family. The meal was served on the terrace of the home.
      The visit gave us a real experience and understanding of Lanna life, the traditions and buildings the relationship between their religions and ancestor and the way this all works together with nature.
      We learned to cook the following Northern Thai dishes:
      1. Dry red curry chicken breast with thai herb (Aou Kai)
      2. Hot and sour chicken soup (Tom som Kai)
      3. Stir fried egg pant with minced pork (Phad Makauyaw Moo)
      4. Minced pork Northen style (Nam prik Ong)
      5. Banana in coconut milk

      Animism is a belief that objects, places and creatures are spirits. They believe that all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather, human handiwork and words—as animated and alive.
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      Changing mai cooking! I want to visit💕🎀💓Eiko


      Looks yummy!


      Is he saying that’s not how it’s done?


      Yes, he was coaching.

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    • Day5

      Cooking class

      December 20, 2021 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Went to a cooking class recommended by the hotel - pretty fab! They took us to a local market to buy some ingredients, then out to a farm in the countryside where they've got a huge bamboo barn. During covid they turned it into more of a restaurant for locals, but now back to cooking classes as well. Made and ate spring rolls, tom yum soup, pad Thai, Khao soi and mango sticky rice. All super tasty and couldn't finish them all!Read more


      Looking forward to some Thai cuisine when you are back!!


      definitely, and we've got a special cookbook from it for you!

    • Day102

      Chiang Mai

      December 30, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      Chiang Mai was een coole stad! Veel leuke marktjes, keilekker eten en (te) veel tempels. De mooie & groene omgeving van de stad verkenden we met scooters, zalig :)!

      Tijdens een ladyboyshow werd Miel uit het publiek gehaald, en moest hij verkleed als meisje een dansje doen op het podium (wat zeer hilarisch was).Read more

      Jenka Mergaert

      Hahahahahahhaahhaa knap meisje

      Lisa Baetslé

      Sexy, rauwtch

      Lieve Degang

      Niet echt een ladyboy he!

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    • Day34


      July 16 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Waren heute Bouldern.. und wollten danach eigentlich noch klettern. Dazu kam es nicht, weil V. sich beim "Absprung" von der Wand wohl den Knoechel verstaucht hat.. 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️ Die Angestellten haben uns netterweise ein improvisiertes cold pack zur Verfuegung gestellt.

      Es hat da ein paar schoene Routen und die Anlage ist sehr gepflegt. Sie befindet sich auf dem Gelaende einer Hoehenrettung, die dann am Nachmittag dort trainiert

      Sind dann ins Chiang Mai Ram Krankenhaus gefahren. Guter Service nette Leute. Nach dem Roentgen waren wir zumindest sicher, das nichts gebrochen ist.

      Der Kochkurs morgen ist damit gecancelt.. Versuchen es naechstes Wochenende mal.

      Abends waren wir dann im Corner Bistro. Samstag ist Drumnbase Abend. Richtig guter DJ, einigermassen gutes Essen. Die Speisekarten die man im Internet findet, gibt es nicht mehr. So gab es fuer uns vegetarische Burritos.
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    • Day7

      Elephant sanctuary paradise

      January 10, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Aujourd’hui, grand jour: Elephant Day!

      J’ai réservé via mon auberge au Elephant Sanctuary Paradise.
      Départ à 6h30 pour aller dans la jungle où nous attendaient 3 éléphants adultes et un bébé!

      Nous avons d’abord commencé par les nourrir à travers la barrière du maïs. J’ai nourri le bébé mais il était visiblement plus intéressé par jouer que manger. Il m’a attrapé le bras avec sa trompe et a voulu me faire passer à travers la barrière puis se rendant compte que je ne passais pas, il m’a secouée. Je m’en sors uniquement avec un bon bleu sur le coude mais c’était impressionnant. Je n’imaginais pas la force que cela pouvait avoir. J’avais vraiment l’impression d’être une poupée de chiffon!
      Nous avons continué à les nourrir de l’autre côté de la barrière. Puis nous sommes allés leur donner un bain de boue. Le soleil n’étant pas au rdv, nous avions un peu froid mais c’était très drôle! Les éléphants nous éclaboussaient avec leur trompe, et nous les enduisions de boue.
      Ensuite, direction la cascade pour se rincer.
      Et nous avions un repas prévu, super bon! Avec en bonus, un petit chat sur mes genoux :D
      Très très belle matinée!
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      Magnifique, prête pour des combats dans la boue.


      Cette photo est extra, tu es superbe dessus ! Sans aucune ironie, promis !

    • Day87

      Day 87: Taking it easy in Chiang Mai

      September 10, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Very little happening today after such a busy day yesterday. We slept in and had a relaxed hotel breakfast before chilling out in our room until midday or so. Wandered out into the city and had lunch at a small cheap Thai restaurant before finding a fancy cafe with an attached co-working space and settling in for the afternoon.

      Chiang Mai is very popular with digital nomads, bloggers and expats because of the cheap lifestyle, good internet and relaxed attitudes to things, and places like this are very common. There were quite a few westerners in here (and a couple of locals too), sitting hunched over laptops and working away. Shandos started catching up on her Instagram and social media work, while I caught up on a few days worth of blog posts. I still need to find a few hours to edit together some videos, as I've been using the GoPro a lot more in Thailand!

      The cafe closed at 4:30 so we headed back to the hotel. Hung out for a couple of hours before I headed out around 6pm to watch the Manchester derby - United vs City live from Old Trafford. I returned to John's Place where the game was on several big screens, so I drank a couple of beers and watched the game surrounded by pasty English expats with saggy tattoos and bored Thai girlfriends 1/3rd their age. Disappointing result though, United lost 2-1 after getting battered for most of the first half. Nipped into Maccas for a late dinner as the game didn't finish until nearly 9pm.

      Spent a bit more time online at the hotel before turning in. Shandos hadn't done much in my absence other than eat some Thai food for dinner at a local restaurant.
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    • Day85

      Day 85: Exploring Chiang Mai

      September 8, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      First of several days today in Chiang Mai. Out and about by 10am, we wandered into the old city to check things out. The central area of Chiang Mai is quite large, a square area about 2km across, surrounded on all four sides by a wide canal/moat thing. We entered via the eastern gate just near our hotel (the same one we'd been to yesterday), and set about exploring.

      First stop was Wat Phra Sing, one of the oldest and most impressive temples in the town. It's set on very large grounds and has several different temples, shrines, stupas and pagodas scattered around. It's considered the defining example of Lanna architecture (the main temple style in northern Thailand). We spent an hour or so in here, checking out various things, marvelling at the golden towers and the intricate Buddha statues, and of course laughing at people struggling to manage their selfie sticks (or using them to take selfies in front of totally unremarkable things). Also had a nice quiet sit-down in a garden area away from all the other tourists, though thankfully this place wasn't too crowded aside from the main hall.

      Wandered the centre of the old city looking for lunch, and eventually found a locals-only place with super cheap prices. Delicious food too! Although by this stage we were pretty temple-d out, we decided to visit one last one - Doi Suthep, which sits high on the mountain overlooking Chiang Mai.

      So we walked over to the north gate where the songthaews departed from. Fixed price per person of 100 baht ($4), but of course they do the semi-scam thing where you have to wait until they have a full load of passengers before leaving. There were already 3 people waiting when we arrived, and another couple turned up soon after. So we waited! After about 20 minutes the driver started trying to bargain - we can go now for just 130 baht per person! We all laughed at him, and thankfully another couple turned up within a few minutes, so off we went.

      The drive was about 30 minutes and a little hairy going up a mountain road while sitting in the back of a ute (at least it was covered and had benches plus handrails!), but we arrived without incident.

      Doi Suthep is quite old, and the original buildings date back to the 1350s when Chiang Mai was first founded. The story has it that an elephant was instructed to find the perfect site for a temple; it walked up into the mountains for several days before it abruptly halted, trumpeted, spun around several times and then died. So that's where they built the temple.

      After climbing the 300 stairs from the road, I think I can see why! It's very high, over 1200m above sea level and about 900m elevated above the town. The temple itself was very nice, though again not a whole lot different to many other Buddhist temples we've seen over the past couple of weeks. This one also had the unfortunate downside of being completely packed with mainlander Chinese tourists. Again, I've got nothing against them specifically (and of course they're perfectly entitled to holiday wherever they feel like), but they really have the worst etiquette of any nationality I've encountered. And their poor behaviour gets compounded because they tend to travel in large bus groups to specific places, so you never encounter a handful or a family - it's always several busloads at once. In fact, the small groups we've encountered are usually very well-mannered and polite; it's just the huge bus sized groups that like to shout and spit and shove.

      Alas. I can't really go to Asia and complain about Chinese tourists! Might as well go to the arctic and complain about the cold.

      Arrived back in town in the late afternoon and walked back to our hotel from the northern gate (about 30 minutes), stopping a couple of times for street snacks and cold beverages. Spent a bit of time in the hotel before freshening up and going out to a Mexican restaurant a few blocks away that we'd seen the day before. Food was great, and they had another local beer that I hadn't seen before! Two new beers in two days, good stuff! Off to bed early tonight as we have a long day at the elephant sanctuary ahead tomorrow!
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      Trish Forrester


      Trish Forrester


      Peter Baldwin

      I've never been to Chiang Mad though it's on my list. Is the climate markedly different from say Bangkok? Because it's higher up?

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    • Day10

      Chiang Mai

      February 7, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      Nach unserem aufregenden Tag/Abend gestern, sind wir uns heute erstmal eine neue Unterkunft gesucht und auch gefunden. Danach haben wir in Ruhe die Stadt besichtigt und uns ein wenig die Feierlichkeiten vom chinesischen Neujahrsfest angesehen.Read more

      wow 4 Sterne Hotel und Klimaanlage!!! HaHa


      Just a little bite to eat :)

    • Day8

      Chiang Mai

      February 5, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

      Nach 6 Stunden Busfahrt sind wir an unserem nächsten bislang letzten geplanten Station angekommen - Chiang Mai.
      Hier oben im Norden gibt es viele viele aufregende Dinge zu tun und man wird nahezu mit Angeboten überhäuft.
      Unser Hostel für die nächsten 2 Nächste entspricht zwar nicht unseren Vorstellungen - da schlafen wir lieber auf der Decke in unseren Schlafsäcken, aber es geht schon.
      Abends sind wir über den Nachtmarkt gelaufen und waren erstmal Souvenirs shoppen, danach haben wir uns einen Thai Box Wettbewerb angesehen, wo sogar eine Demonstration des echten Muay Thai gezeigt wurde.
      Vorher aber haben waren wir noch Fische gefüttert, danach haben sich die Füße wie Seide angefühlt. Während dessen haben wir den ein oder anderen Lach Flash bekommen - sehr empfehlenswert.
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      wieder kein Bett...


      Doch hatten ja eins. Haben nur aif der Tagesdecke in unseren Schlafsäcken gelegen

    • Day142

      Visiting Chiang Mai

      October 8, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      We were originally going to head for the beach, however we decide to head in the opposite direction, towards the north of Thailand, a place we both enjoy and is actually where we met.

      Lila is really excited about taking a different overnight bus and loves taking the 'cool taxi' songteuw. We go to a lot of markets and meet an old friend and eat great street food. It's nice to be back in such a familiar place and also be able to communicate a lot more than we have in the last few countries we have been. Lila has picked up some Thai quite easily too which has been quite nice :)Read more




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