Chiang Mai

Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
Trip End Aug 05, 2010

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Gosh, we did so much in Chiang Mai. The First day we did a Local Industries Tour. It was really good to see all the local crafts getting made from scratch. The tour included Thai Silk making, which we saw from silk worms and moths to removing the silk off the coccoon and spinning it into a thread. We also went to the largest jewellery store in the world (we weren't allowed to take pictures inside) a silversmith, lacquerware and parasol makers. The kids had their clothes painted freehand with fabric paint, Brad had a dragon, Kosha Thai Elephants, and Charlie had a Butterfly. They were perfectly drawn and cost about $1 each.
That night we went to Khantoke Dinner at the Chiang Mai Cultural Centre. It includes lots of different servings of food and a full show of traditional Thai dances. It was a good night but the dancing got a bit boring. I feel bad to say that, being their traditional dances but theres only so much you can watch girls walk around in a circle waving their arms around. It would have been nice to see 2 or 3 dances but by the 15th one Aaron and I were joking we'd hate to watch Thailands version of so you think you can dance.
 The next day we had the most full on day and the kids said again, this was the best day of their holidays.
We went to the monkey show, which was so cute,and the King Cobra show, the kids got to hold snakes and wear them as hats and belts.  We visited a local village and met Big Ears and Long Neck Tribes. I think I might just be a descendent of the Long neck tribe. I tried on their collar and it fits perfect
We went to Tiger Kingdom and played with the cubs and the Large Lions. The kids were only allowed to play with the cubs and had to wait outside the enclosure watching while Aaron and I had our time with the Big Cats. They were complaining and asking why can't we come in too but they soon felt safer as the Big Tiger saw them approaching the Cage and lunged towards them. All 3 of them jumped back a metre in fright, Very funny. Aaron loved the Tigers, he just kept saying WOW. I was a bit too scared to enjoy it as much but still fun! Outside the tiger kingdom was a lake full of huge fish. You'll have to watch the video to see how ridiculous they were, jumping over the top of each other to catch the food. The kids called it Fish Frenzy.
 Next we went to a rifle range and got to choose our guns. On the way there Kosha said "so is it real guns, with real bullets?" and I said, Yes, to which he replied " can they kill you if you get shot" I said ,Yes, again. I thought he was excited till I realised his questions were out of fear. His next reply was "so we have to run as fast as we can and hide behind things so we don't get shot and die" Poor little bugger, he thought it was like laser tag with real bullets. We're still laughing at him now and he thinks its hilarious too. (now that he's lived to tell the story). Aside of that, the shooting was a great time. Actually it was my favourite part of the day. My heart was racing. I used a 9mm. Holy Crap! So loud and so powerful. The Kids had to use a rifle and Brad loved it so much he was asking if there were rifle ranges in Australia he could go to.
So that was our full on day.
The next day we did a elephant tour through a beautiful rainforest area. There was also the most gorgeous Elephant show. About 12 Elephants did a dance shaking their heads and big floppy ears, 2 Elephants also painted pictures quite precisely. You could feed the Elephants for as long as you liked and the little baby would wrap his trunk around your arm. It was a very sweet morning.
We also had a river raft and Ox-Cart ride in the Elephant camp.
In Chiang Mai we stayed at 2 wonderful Resorts. The first one was your typical lovely resort like a novotel but a bit more boutique style, being low season we had the place to ourselves. Very lucky! One night the receptionist took us down the road on a gulf buggy to an area where there were heaps of fireflies. Very special! The 2nd resort was amazing!!!! Just soooo lucky it was low season and half the price as its usually very expensive. I tossed up doing a whole page to blog on this resort as it was so special and I took so many photos. Every little detail is perfect, every tile, every tap, love it all. I know all of you who love your style will love this place, Butterfly Chiang Mai!
We were very lucky in Thailand to go in Low season so places we wouldn't consider staying were easily in our budget. Stayed at 4 amazing resorts in Thailand for under $100 a night.
On the last night we went to the Sunday night markets. Fantastic Huge Markets with lots of unique things we'd never seen before. A lady was selling little birds in a Bamboo cage to release for good luck so all 3 kids opened a cage,such a little thing but something we don't get to do in Australia.

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rh23 on

Goodness! A family of sharp shooters and Tigers tamers.....we never knew:-) Your travel experiences just get better and better. Can't wait to see you once you return to OZ. You'll all be floating on air with the ecitment of your journey. Lots and lots of love Glen, Renee and Abbie xxx

Jac on

Oh MY GOD!!! James and I are insanely jealous re your tiger encounters! Lucky so & so's!! Your adventures seem to continue beyond amazing with each passing day; good on you!! Enjoy & safe travels - Jx

Vic on

OK SERIOUSLY!!! I see no seatbelts in the back of the ute, no muzzles on the monkeys, no chains on the tigers and no life jackets on the bamboo rafts! AUNTIE VIC CAN'T TAKE MUCH MORE OF THIS!!!!! I'm glad you're all having so many wonderful experiences. All the Thailand pics have been a trip down memory lane for me. You kids are so lucky and I'm so glad you're just like your Mum in many ways - outgoing, adventurous and good-looking, but also like your Dad - will eat anything - bugs, etc! ;) I've been looking at the pics with Brissy and she smiles everytime I point and say 'Brad, Kosha, Charlie!' You guys are not going to recognise her, she's so big and clever. Keep being safe or at least pretend you are being safe so I don't have a heart attack! Big pasholas to you all and try not to miss us too much while you're doing all that 'boring' stuff. I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous and I'm still sure Bris and I could've fit in your suitcases!

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