Mae Ram Orchid & Butterfly Farm

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  • Day205

    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    December 28, 2015 in Thailand

    Coming up on seven months since leaving home, so a stint of temporary stability was craved by the time I arrived in Chiang Mai. Instead of making my normal, fast paced tourist circuit, I settled down for almost two weeks and relaxed. Still a very social place, but not quite like Pai, Chiang Mai was a good place to get my ducks in a row for future destinations and work. Still, I managed to get out each day and play some footie, jump from 16 meter quarries into lakes, and zip around on a scooter through town, dodging my fair share of crazy Thai drivers. The night markets kept me gaining weight and the huge cafe culture kept me adequately caffeinated.Read more

  • Day23

    Spirit Houses

    October 26, 2016 in Thailand

    Anyone who has been to Thailand has seen at one point these small houses (shrines) with miniature figures inside. All varying sizes and colours with incense lit, sweets, flowers, candles, drinks and food left out in front of them. Well after carefully observation I noticed that each person with land/property has a spirit house. It is a dedicated structure usually placed in an auspicious spot usually in the corner of a lot, advised by a local monk/priest to honour the guardians of the land. It is a place to tune into the present moment and pay respect to the Mother Earth. The spirit house becomes a focal point to cultivate a harmonious relationship with nature; offerings are made in exchange for abundance, protection and creative potential. The house is intended to provide a shelter for spirits of the land that could cause problems for the people if not appeased. The ancient tradition of making daily offerings, praying, bowing has been passed through generations and is still widely practiced today. As Buddhism came to Southeast Asia it developed side by side with the ancient spirit religion (Animism). And to this day many of the animistic beliefs/practices remain intertwined with Buddhist rights and rituals such as this. Anyone who's read this please feel free to comment/like or communicate with me :)Read more

  • Day20

    Tarntorn Boutique in Chaing Mai

    October 23, 2016 in Thailand

    2 days ago We sprung for a luxurious bus trip to Chiang Mai from Ayutthaya, equipped with our own attendant fussing over us giving us a myriad of endless sugar engulfed snacks and drinks (included). Well worth it too as it took over 9 begrudging hours. So that day was a complete write off. We checked into a nice hotel outside the old city gate and the next day pampered ourselves by going to a spa then renting a scooter. Beth got a better therapist than me as mine was quite apathetic which was unfortunate. Everyone assumes she is Thai here and speaks to her directly in their native tongue. The city here is quite buzzing and has a great vibe, although the traffic is mad! Cars relatively maintain car rules for the most part but if you're on a scooter, anything goes. People are lane splitting and zig zagging everywhere like crazy and they aren't shoulder checking at all so we decided to limit our riding to some degree. We found an epic open air gym to drop in at for 2.50$ each and have settled in for the week at our place as our week long Thai Massage School starts on Monday. Today we ventured into the jungle and visited an elephant family and group of mahouts that take care of them. These elephants and mahouts have been living together for 3 generations so there are only verbal commands given with no harsh pick axe used as disciplinary measures. We fed them, went for a ride on them, took a bath with them in a river and gave them a little scrub too with a brush. Massive animals with such kind eyes and snouts. Had an amazing experience holding space with such a creature standing over you. And there you are holding a banana like an idiot with a smile.Read more

  • Day301

    Wer in Thailand ist, wird auch irgendwie mit Elefanten zu tun haben. Die Tiere sind tief in der Kultur und Traditionen verwurzelt und gelten als Glückssymbol.
    Es lebten einmal sehr viele wilde Elefanten in Thailand und auch heute noch existieren wilde Elefanten im Dschungel von Thailand.
    Elefanten wurden viel für schwere Arbeiten benutzt. In der Landwirtschaft, aber vor allem in der Forstwirtschaft. Im Jahr 1989 wurde die Rodung des Dschungels verboten und somit waren viele Besitzer und mit ihnen viele Elefanten arbeitslos. Die Ausbildung eines Arbeits-Elefanten dauert ca. sieben Jahre und sie bekommen ein Pfleger der sie optimaler Weise ein ganzes Leben begleitet.
    Viele Arbeitslose Elefanten-Besitzer zogen mit ihren Tieren in die Städte und versuchten Geld von Touristen zu bekommen. Später wurden Parks eröffnet, die sich um diese ehemaligen Arbeits-Elefanten und teilweise auch um ihre Besitzer kümmern.
    Durch westlichen Einfluss wurden die Thailänder belehrt, dass das Reiten auf Elefanten Tierquälerei sei. Es erschien ein Video, dass zeigte wie Elefanten eingeritten werden. Das Video ist nicht schön anzusehen, doch ich denke jedem sollte klar sein, das kein Tier freiwillig einfach Menschen auf sich reiten lässt. Die Menschen hier sind Jahrhunderte so mit ihren Elefanten umgegangen und ich mag es nicht, wenn dann westliche Menschen daher kommen und sagen "das ist falsch, das sollt ihr nicht mehr machen".
    Der Tierschutz Boom kam also auch in Thailand an und Touristen sind nun verunsichert, ob sie nun reiten sollen oder nicht. Viele wissen nicht, was richtig und was falsch ist. Da ging es mir sehr ähnlich.
    Ich liebe Elefanten und habe mich sehr darauf gefreut ihnen hier zu begegnen. Als Kind bin ich gerne in einem Tierpark bei uns auf Elefanten geritten, damals war das kein Problem.
    Angekommen in Chiang Mai fing allerdings das große "Auswahl Problem" an. Ich hatte mich vorher nicht viel damit beschäftigt und nun stellte sich heraus, dass es über 80 Parks gibt, die verschiedenes anbieten. Stundenlang habe ich Bewertungen durchgelesen. Da die Parks von vielen Menschen besucht werden, gibt es auch genau so viele verschiedene Meinungen. Am Ende war ich mir nicht mehr sicher, ob es überhaupt gut ist einen Park zu besuchen und ich hatte Bedenken, dass diese ganzen contra Punkte, mir bereits den Spaß verdorben hatten.
    Letztendlich haben wir uns für den Elefant Rescue Park entschieden. Einen kleinen Park mit fünf Elefanten. Der Besitzer hat diese Elefanten gekauft um ihnen ein besseres Leben zu ermöglichen. Vorher haben sie im Zirkus und in der Forstwirtschaft gearbeitet. Im Gegensatz dazu gibt es viele Parks, die sich die Elefanten für den Zeitraum in den Touristen da sind "mieten, was natürlich keiner gerne zugibt.
    Wir haben die Elefanten gefüttert, sind mit ihnen spazieren gegangen und haben sie gebadet. Jeder Elefant wurde von einem Pfleger begleitet. Die Elefanten liefen frei herum und ruhige Sprache und Berührungen der Pfleger haben gereicht und den Elefanten den richtigen Weg zu weisen. Jedoch konnten die Elefanten meist in ihrem eigenen Tempo gehen, weshalb viele Pausen gemacht wurden, wenn sie irgendwelche Pflanzen oder Baumrinde essen wollten. Wir waren natürlich nicht die einzigen dort. Sondern mit uns waren noch ca. 20 andere Menschen dort. Ja, es ist eine Touristen-Attraktion und es wird damit Geld gemacht, aber das Geld wird (zumindest dort) für das Wohl der Elefanten gebraucht und dafür noch mehr zu "retten".
    Mir hat es Spaß gemacht, diese Tiere sind wahnsinnig toll und ich habe die Zeit mit ihnen genossen. Mir erschien es so, als ob es den Elefanten dort gut ginge und der Besitzer liebt sie, das war offensichtlich.
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  • Day133

    Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

    January 24, 2017 in Thailand

    Elefanten 🐘 Elefanten 🐘 Elefanten

    ...was für ein Erlebnis...erst füttern wir die Elefanten mit Bananen, dann eine Schlammbad und zum Abschluss noch eine Wasserschlacht um wieder sauber zu werden!

  • Day22

    The Best Laid Plans

    June 6 in Thailand

    Usually when we travel to Thailand we spend the bulk of our time in Chiang Mai. On this relatively short trip we planned to go on a journey of discovery and scout out new and potentially longer stay destinations in this beautiful country.

    After our very relaxed week in Samui, we spent a few days in sleepy Ban Krut and then five days in the much larger and more interesting Rayong. Our initial idea was to stay around the Rayong area and explore Thailand's fruit basket, as it's known, to keep gorging ourselves on fresh and cheap exotic fruit.

    But then Thai Lion Air made us an offer we couldn't refuse.

    Brenda spotted a promotion for one way flights to Chiang Mai from Rayong for 575 baht ($24.00 CDN) and, at that price, we couldn't resist the allure and familiarity of the country's original capital city.

    On our way back from Suphattraland on Monday we arranged with our taxi driver to pick us up from our hotel on Wednesday morning at 5:15.

    This morning we crawled out of bed at 4:00, showered, finished packing and headed down to the lobby. Our taxi showed up ap 5:05 and we were on our way to the airport by 5:10.

    During our overland travels here we've noticed a huge amount of infrastructure work underway just about everywhere. New or improved highways, subway or light rail expansion and road resurfacing works were seen in Bangkok, Ban Krut and Rayong. And this is supposed to be a developing country. Our Canadian dollar is down 25% against the Thai baht over the last five years. So which is the developing country?

    The brand new U-Tapao airport is located right between Rayong and Pattaya, two large urban centers, which ensures a steady flow of travellers through its gates.

    Our flight boarded and took off right on schedule and we arrived in Chiang Mai at 8:30. After a short taxi ride we checked into the Thanyawintra Boutique hotel where we'll spend the next nine days. The last time we were in Thailand this hotel wasn't even under construction and, in fact, it only opened in April.

    As soon as we dropped our bags into our room, we headed out to our favorite market in the world, Kad Muang Mai, which is only a short ten minute walk from our hotel. We found mountains of mangoes, reams of rambutan, a plethora of pineapple and a deluge of durian, all at prices better than or equal to those in Rayong.

    We ate a small durian at the market and carted back a bunch of mangoes and pineapple to our room, some of which we promptly gobbled down since we hadn't yet had anything to eat.

    We've spent so much time in Chiang Mai over the years, it almost feels like coming home everytime we visit. There have been some changes since our last trip here (songthaew rides have gone up 50% to 30 baht), but overall the vibe, the sights and the people are still as welcoming as ever.
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  • Day132

    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    January 23, 2017 in Thailand

    Nach einem kurzen OvernightStop in Bangkok und einer Nacht im Bus, sind wir nun im Norden Thailands, in Chiang Mai, angelangt. Hier zieht sich das Elefantenthema wirklich durch die ganze Stadt weshalb wir natürlich auch echte Elefanten sehen mussten!

  • Day27

    Christmas In Chiang Mai

    December 25, 2016 in Thailand

    As one can imagine, Christmas, in a land where the temperature rarely falls below 20°C and Buddhism is the main religion, is a very different experience from that to which I am accustomed. In fact, it is safe to say that Christmas is a non-event here. Had it not fallen on a Sunday this year, all the stores, restaurants and services would be open for business as usual.

    Aside from the obvious lack of snow, most noticeable is the near total absence of Christmas decorations, carols playing in the malls and, worst of all, Santa Claus. Of course there is the one life-size, saxophone playing, robotic St. Nick, who dances in time to his music, but he's playing some Thai tune that is completely foreign to the Western ear.

    To cater to the expats, some of the larger hotels offered multi-course Christmas Eve dinners, complete with wine, in the $100 per price range, but none of these suited our vegan lifestyle. In any case, for $200 we can eat in our usual dining spots for two solid weeks!

    So how did we celebrate? Well, we started on Xmas Eve with a wonderful meal at Ama Vegan Restaurant. This lovely little spot only opened three months ago and is run by a very delightfully zen Thai woman who speaks perfect English. The menu is organic, Buddhist vegetarian and vegan, which means no onion, garlic or animal products are used in the preparation of the food. We ordered a noni leaf curry (the noni was replaced with another Thai green as they had run out) that was cooked to order and not too spicy at Brenda's request. It was superb. Next on our plates was a banana blossom salad that was made with flowers taken from banana tree right on the premises. Lastly we were treated to a medley of deep fried root vegetables that was served with four different homemade dipping sauces. A wonderful red, brown and black rice dish was served to soak up the juices. All this food came to 410 baht, or about $15.00CDN. Very expensive by Thai standards.

    After dinner we went home and watched A Christmas Story, which Brenda had never seen before. It was like winning "A major award".

    Christmas morning started with our annual exchange of cards,which Brenda won hands down this year with her card bearing the image of a dragon boat adorned with a single Christmas decoration.

    We jumped out of bed and headed to the JJ Market, an open air organic farmer's market that takes place every Sunday morning. We picked up some organic lettuce, passion fruit and bananas as well as a few gluten free treats to eat as dessert tonight. We also ran into some friends with whom we exchanged Christmas greetings.

    Then it was off to the gym to burn some calories in preparation for tonight's food binge.

    Once back home, we called Brenda's family and chatted with them for a while and then sat down to send emails and messages to friends and family we couldn't call.

    At around 3:00 PM, we made our way to the Lotus Hotel and spent a couple of hours at their pool, soaking up the sun and enjoying the water.

    After changing, we headed out for dinner to Imm Aim Restaurant. When we were here two years ago, we fell in love with this vegetarian place, particularly their fresh spring rolls.They have since moved to a new location and, it would seem, have brought on a new chef. We dined on spring rolls, a Panang veg curry and a broccoli,mushroom & ginger stir fry. Unfortunately, the entire meal was somewhat less than what we remembered of the place and we left quite disappointed. On our way home we stopped at Tops Market and bought more goodies to close out our evening: sun dried baby bananas in honey, fried crispy bananas, a gluten and oat free granola bar and some chocolate dipped wafers. Oink!

    We consumed the majority of our purchases while plunked down in front of the TV binge watching the end of Season 2 of Scandal. Scandalous!

    Of course it's strange to be in a land that ignores Christmas and of course we miss our family and friends at this time of year. But thanks to the wonder of the internet, Skype and VOIP, we still feel as close to our loved ones as though we were there. For me, I'm treated to exclusive access to the woman I love, cherish and share my world with. What more could one want for Christmas?
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  • Day65

    Muay Thai Fights

    March 16, 2017 in Thailand

    After the cooking class we went to see some Muay Thai Fights. We decided to do the VIP package which was essentially $40 for unlimited beer or Whiskey and premium seating to watch the fights. What stood out the most to me for the entire experience was the fact that the entire arena smelled like those lifesaver mints... The fights were amateur and I have to be honest I didn't really like watching the young boys fighting. Seemed that they should be out playing soccer in the streets not wearing ankle braces because they've already injured themselves a bunch. But that's just my thoughts! The "older" boys (probably about my age) fighting were talented. I dunno, I eventually just ended up talking to a few other people by the bar instead of watching because it wasn't as intriguing as I thought it would be. Funny, because I thought I'd have enjoyed it!

    After the fights were over and we had taken sufficient advantage of the free drinks we all hopped into our song taos and went back to the hotel. Or at least that was the plan until some people noticed that we happened to go right by Spicy and it seemed to be a good idea to go to the after bar :p So we went for a bit, I had an overpriced drink and then it started to get so busy you could hardly move. So Ciara and I decided to leave and go back to the hotel. Stopped for some Khao Soi on the way of course! (Still sure I'm spelling that wrong but oh well, that's the noodles in curry that you can only get in Northern Thailand).
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  • Day13

    Reise von Thaton nach Chiang Mai

    February 14 in Thailand

    Mit dem öffenlichen Buss ging es um 9:30 los. Die Reise dauerte gute 5 Stunden und kurz vor Chiang Mai wurde es so richtig warm im Buss. Die Luftqualität ist hier leider nicht die Beste. Kein Wunder. Wenn man die Abgase sieht die aus den Fahrzeugen kommt erstaunt das niemand. Die Unterkunft die wir haben „yellow pillow“ ist super. Das Zimmer ist der Hit.
    Wir haben Andi und Miriam die wir im Bamboo Nest kennen gelernt haben getroffen und haben mit Ihnen gemeinsam den Abend verbracht. Chiang Mai hat mich heute sehr an Bangkok erinnert. Echte ein Gewusel hier. Mit dem Essen sind wir hier glücklich. Endlich keine Frösche mehr auf der Speisekarte. Die Auswahl ist gigantisch.

    Buss von Thaton nach Chiang Mai: 270 Baht für alle 4
    Nacht im yellow pillow: 2350 Baht
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