Memories from Thailand, 2014 (part 3)

More photos from our trip in Northern Thailand.

We had a wonderful time exploring around Thaton.  We went up on the mountain and saw different Buddhas statue and some Chedi.  It was a hot   but we walked slowly and enjoyed the day.

We saw some novices monks walking down on the road.  Here is some information I found on the web about this topic. “In the old days, in particular in the rural areas, many young boys would become novice monks as that was the only way for them to receive an education. As well as having a secular education, they were taught how to read and write. These days, many of the novices that you might see in temples are boys who have been abandoned by their relations. Sometimes their parents have died or they cannot afford to raise them. Then, there is another group who are only novices for a temporary period of time. For example, maybe their grandparent died and they ordained as part of the funeral ritual. Another group of novices are the ones that ordain during their school holidays. ”

We got to the village of the Hill tribe Lahu. This village is called Kengtung. The tribe people  live in small houses on stilts made with bamboo. The pigs live under the house.

We even found a little store where we bought some cookies and some water. I don’t think the lady was  too busy as  she was napping when we arrived.  We would never know how to find this remote place but Fred knew and it was really interesting.

We saw a lady making brooms.

We saw a woman and her kid going down hill to fetch water. They use plastic bottles and they carry them in a bamboo basket on their back with a strap on their forehead. It reminded me how lucky we are to have water from the tap.

When are arrived back in Tha Ton,  we took a short boat ride on the river called  the Kok River.  You may be able to get to Myanmar if you keep going  on that river as the country is next to Thailand. However  we stayed on Thailand side .

Exploring small villages  like Tha Ton was great  to understand life in that country. The next day, we went further north to another small village. I will show you on my next post.

Thanks for reading. Have a great week-end.

 

 

Memories from Thailand , 2014 ( part 2)

The story of our trip to Thailand continues. I hope you will enjoy the story as much as we enjoyed our trip . With all the photos I have taken I have very good memories of this trip even if it happened  more than 3 years ago.

We had a rental car and Fred was our driver. Did you know that Thailand is like England or Australia  ? What I mean is that they do not drive the same way we do in Canada. In Thailand people drive on the left side of the road. In Thailand, most people drive a scooter or a motorcycle. Here is a woman going to work on the fields.

On that day , we headed north until we reached a small village called Nawai. In the fields grow  many produces but don’t ask me what it is…

We walked up the mountain to enjoy the view.

By the side of the road, we saw some coffee beans  drying in the sun. As you know  they get the brown color after roasting.

The next day, we visited the Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang. Beautiful flowers everywhere .

We arrived in Thaton later that day and settled at the Old Tree’s house. The owner , a French man and his Thai wife , has a wonderful small resort for the tourists eager to spend time in Northern Thailand. We had our own bungalow.

The first night we had dinner in town at the Sunshine Cafe. Delicious food and very inexpensive. It was a simple restaurant. The lady here is working by herself .

I will tell you more about this trip another day.

Thanks for your visit .

Memories from Thailand, 2014 (Part 1)

Hello readers.

When I started this blog  3 years ago,  I wanted to share some fun time I experienced. Somehow I never shared this travel in Thailand I did with  my husband . It was February 2014 and  It was another exciting adventure for us . And a special one as it was also our  first trip to Asia.

As usual I will show you some photos and tell you a bit about this trip. Traveling from VANCOUVER  to Thailand with a connecting flight in Seoul was a long journey. At the  Seoul Incheon airport ,  we saw a parade of Royal family.

We arrived in Chiang Mai in the evening. Our friend Fred was waiting for us. We were going to spend the week with him as he lives there and know very well  the country.

After a good night of sleep, we were woken up with a bird song.  We spent the first day walking in the city, visiting beautiful temples . The weather was just perfect and of course much warmer than what we have in Vancouver in February ( and no rain).

We  went to the Sunday night market where I bought some pants as souvenirs. There were lots of products we did not know and it was fun to try to figure out what it was.

If you don’t want to walk you can always travel by tuk-tuk. They are inexpensive .

Some food we ate that day ;

Of course, we would see monks everywhere. They are easily recognizable with their orange clothing.

It was a full first day. We were happy to discover a new country and we were lucky to have Fred to answer our questions. The story will continues on my next post.

Thanks for reading!