Hmong hill tribe

During our stay in Chiang Mai we took a few trips to the surrounding areas. One of these was a trip to the holy site of Doi Suthep. A shining temple on the mountain side. On route to the temple we spent some time at a nearby Flower Hmong hill tribe village. The Hmong canContinue reading “Hmong hill tribe”

Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam

Next temple on the snap happy tour was Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam. A zany, colourful affair close to the southern side of Thapae Road. Not quite sure how Donald Duck fits in with Buddhist teachings, but he is there! Along with a veritable menagerie of animals including a camel and other mythical guardian animals.Continue reading “Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam”

Workers, good luck and even more food

The markets are a hive of activity but without the constant, never ending efforts of a legion of workers, nothing would be done. From skinning to cleaning, steaming, frying and cooking anything that grows, crawls, slithers, walks or flops about, this army of stall holders work from dawn till dusk. Even more market pictures captureContinue reading “Workers, good luck and even more food”

Thailand ends on a high

So after the serenity of the old capital, the mania of Chinatown, the sobering WW2 reminders and the swim down the river Kwai, we had to end our holiday in typical style, on one of Thailand’s many idyllic, gorgeous, perfect, pristine, baking hot beaches. We stayed in Ao Nang, Krabi. A nice little town thatContinue reading “Thailand ends on a high”

Bridge over the River Kwai and the fab River Rafts

Next up we took a James Bond style speed boat tour upto the iconic bridge over the River Kwai. A sobering reminder of Thailand’s part in the 2nd World War. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in theContinue reading “Bridge over the River Kwai and the fab River Rafts”