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Chiang Mai Province

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  • Day119

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    December 25, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    For anyone who wants to watch our “Celebrating Christmas in Thailand” parody on Winter Wonderland, just click here:
    https://youtu.be/bvfm-0dwKZ4

    (We can’t post the whole thing on the finding penguins platform...)

    Performance and lyrics by all of us
    Video by Chloë

    These are the lyrics:

    [In this land, the land of smiles
    We must shed our winter styles
    Our flip-flops are out
    As we walk about
    Celebrating Christmas in Thailand

    Lanterns shine in the twilight
    Kids all whine on Muay Thai night
    No traffic lights to be seen
    But there’s still red and green
    For celebrating Christmas in Thailand

    So this winter we can still wear tank-tops
    Though in temples girls must hide their knees
    At the corner we can buy some ice-pops
    ‘Cause it’s the only thing that makes us freeze

    Mosquitoes hum
    Our Christmas carols
    While we sweat
    By the barrel
    Our life’s full of cheer
    But we wish you were here
    Celebrating Christmas in Thailand

    Celebrating Christmas in Thailand
    Celebrating Christmas in Thailand ]

    Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Much love from the Paisley-Taylors
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  • Day126

    And a happy New Year !

    January 1 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    To ring in the New Year Chiang Mai-style, we headed to the Old City, stopping at a Wat to send our New Year wishes up into the sky via lantern. After the kids were in bed, Geoff and I snuck back out to join the party by the city moat. I can’t get enough of these lanterns. They are so beautiful (until the next morning when the streets are littered with ashes and metal rings!). Happy New Year everyone and best wishes for 2019!Read more

  • Day106

    Fish spa

    December 12, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Last night when we were on our way home from Muay Thai, we came across a ‘fish spa’ which was a bunch of cushioned benches, and at the bottom of each bench there was a fish tank with at least 50 fish in it. Malcolm and I were the only ones brave enough to try it (my dad was too chicken to go near it). We got a 10 minute treatment for only 60 baht each (less than $3 each). First, you have to clean your feet with a wet cloth, then you stick them in the tank and all the fish come and nibble at your feet. Everyone who walked by was staring and smiling, and a few people decided to try it after seeing us do it. It almost felt like they should be paying us instead of the other way around because we attracted so much attention! Malcolm had to take his feet out of the tank after about 5 minutes because it felt so weird. It felt really weird and tingly but after a while it felt pretty good!
    🐠🐟🐡
    -Chloë
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  • Day94

    Meeting an elephant family

    November 30, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Today, we took a bus to meet an elephant family and their owners. We were a small group - just us and two couples from Canada and the UK. First we fed the elephants bananas and long stalks of grass. There were Four adults and one baby named mini and a teenager named Bella.Then we went on a hike with the elephants and one almost brought a whole tree down. When we got back we had lunch of rice, passion fruit juice and delicious curry (for my parents.. I ate peanut butter sandwiches). Then we covered two elephants in mud (their shampoo) and brought them to a stream for a bath. We got really wet, splashing the elephants and each other. It was really fun! The elephants pick up sand with their trunks to keep mosquitos away, to dry off, and for “sunscreen”. Before we visited the elephants, daddy and I did some research and we learned a bunch of facts - their poo is used for lots of practical things, like making paper, and they have over 100 000 muscles in their trunk. I could see that they use their trunk for breathing, drinking, smelling, trumpeting, showering, balance walking up hills, a snorkel for swimming, grabbing food, and throwing sand. It is amazing! Then we gave them another snack and said goodbye. I slept on the long bus ride home. - DaleRead more

  • Day124

    Elephant Poo Paper

    December 30, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    A few days ago. we went to an elephant poopoo paper factory with Grandma and Grandfather. At the factory they take elephant poo and clean it, boil it, colour it and make it into paper using coloured or neutral balls of elephant poo pulp. We mashed the balls of pulp onto large screens in water. Then we got to make our own paper on the screens, but it takes about five hours for it to dry, so we took home paper made by people before us. Then, we got to choose something made with elephant poo paper to decorate with elephant poo paper. The things you could choose from were bookmarks, notebooks, paper fans, wallets, greeting cards and other things like that. I decorated a wallet for someone special. At the end there was a big gift shop and we spent a lot of time there!!
    Chloë
    🐘🐘🐘
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  • Day122

    Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm-tastic!

    December 28, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We visited an orchid and butterfly farm in Mae Rim with Grandma and Grandfather - it was full of different kinds of orchids, with their roots hanging out of the ground. These orchids don’t need soil - they need light, moisture and air to grow. The middle of the flower, called the column, can look really funny - they are that way to attract insects so that their pollen can be carried to other orchids. The butterflies were really cool too. One landed on my sister’s hand when she was holding the phone so she took a photo of it with her nose. The Bai farm makes jewelry out of their orchids by putting lacquer on the petals, then outlining them in gold.
    By Dale
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  • Day96

    Muay Thai Fight Night

    December 2, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We have been taking Muay Thai classes twice a week at a local gym. The coaches are excellent with the kids and with Lara and I. Two of our coaches were scheduled to fight this evening so I headed out to a stadium in rural Thailand with a bunch of the gym regulars to support them. It was great to see these guys in action. There are many rituals that precede each bout including both fighters greeting their opponents corner. Each fight consists of 5 rounds, a round lasts two minutes for women and three minutes for men. There were a few fighters as young as 8yrs old competing before the more seasoned veterans were called up. What struck me the most is how much fun the fighters are having. Each round begins with a high-five and ends with a hug, and they joke with each other between punches and kicks. It is truly a sport and not the grizzly display of bravado I was expecting. The last thing they do after the fight is over is go and drink out of their opponents water cup. Fun night, and I learned enough to know that I won’t be entering a ring anytime soon. I value my bones and what’s left of my brian cells too much.
    - Geoff
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  • Day109

    Hike to Hmong Hill Tribe Village.

    December 15, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Lara sent me off with the Doi Suthep Walkers early this morning. The Walkers are a collection of local hiking aficionados and the current Chiang Mai travellers lucky enough to stumble upon their Facebook page (myself included). We climbed for close to three hours to a small hill tribe village where we enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by one of the families from the village. It was fun to be out with other travellers and talk shop, although none of them were also escaping from their young children for the day. Hikers from our group represented England, Romania, Finland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Malaysia, China, and the good old US of A.
    - Geoff
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  • Day111

    Trying to find community...

    December 17, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    One of the things I love to do when travelling is find and join in local community activities - I find it especially rewarding when these include music or dance. In Thailand, of course, it has proven more challenging - the language barrier means I can’t read posters or do a thorough social media search. Here are the fruits of my labour so far... I learned a) outdoor local music shows don’t only get rained out in Ottawa, b) being an expat might be a bit like being at camp - lots of amateur performances amongst cliques, and c) a hearty sing-a-long hallelujah chorus is possible anywhere at Christmas time! - LaraRead more

  • Day12

    Chiang Mai

    February 8 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Gestern Abend habe ich Bangkok kurz nach 18 Uhr mit dem Nachtzug Richtung Norden verlassen. Nach zirka einer Stunde Fahrzeit wurden die Sitze zu Betten umgebaut und nach gerade einmal 13 Stunden ist der Zug heute Morgen ganz pünktlich um 7:15 Uhr auf dem Bahnhof in Chiang Mai eingefahren und ich muss sagen, es war eine sehr angenehme Fahrt, auch wenn ich nicht wirklich viel geschlafen habe.
    Nach einem kurzen Aufenthalt im Hostel habe ich mich dann wieder zu Fuß auf den Weg gemacht, die Gegend zu erkunden und bin natürlich auch wieder auf den einen oder anderen Tempel gestoßen - und eines muss man den Buddhisten ja lassen, mit der golden Farbe knausern sie nicht.
    Neben Tempeln kann man sich in der Stadt aber auch noch diverse Museen und Märkte anschauen.
    Als ich am Nachmittag mal nach dem Weg gefragt habe, wurde ich, wie so oft in den letzten Tagen in ein längeres Gespräch verwickelt. Die Thais können nicht verstehen, warum ich nach mittlerweile mehr als 10 Tagen in ihrem Land immer noch so weiß wie Toastbrot bin und alle geben mir (mal mehr, mal weniger) nützliche Tipps zu meinem Aufenthalt.
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