As we arrived home after so many months of wandering, my blogging friend, Sunee from Sunee Sees the World, nominated me to participate in the 7 Links Game started by Tripbase, where bloggers make a list of 7 past posts, which might be favorites, or most commented, or most helpful. The timing seems fitting [...]
We never did ride the elephants. While we were in South Africa, we’d seen advertisements for an elephant safari, where we could ride pachyderms through the bush. Somehow, we felt that the Asian elephant has a longer history of being a working animal than the African, and opted to wait until we were in Thailand. [...]
A long neck woman in Huay Pu Keng, near Mae Hong Son, Thailand
In Mae Hong Son, a little town in the hills near the Myanmar border, we took a boat ride down the river to a Karen village. This place was home to refugees from Burma, the hill tribe where the women wear heavy [...]
Sunday was mothers’ day in the US… still is back home, although it’s Monday here in Chiang Mai already. Yesterday, in honor of mothers day, the family went with me to Wat Doi Suthep. My destination picks usually involve some sort of history and architecture. We came across this dragon guarding one of the [...]
It’s all about what lives in the water. Whether it is the sea or fresh water, Marlie wants to experience what lies under the waves. The other day I took her to the Aquarium here in Chiang Mai, I think this is the tenth aquarium she has dragged me to in various cities around the [...]
Bangkok, Thailand, and the Chao Phraya River from the Temple of Dawn
Colorful bows and umbrellas on a long tail boat.
Longtails lined up
Bow of the King’s boat at the Royal Barges Museum
Restoring the barge- a worker helping to restore the gold leaf on one of the royal barges
Figurehead on a [...]
Yesterday afternoon, we rented scooters to ride around Mae Hong Son. After a little time practicing turns and stops in the parking lot at the airport, we wove through town and around some loops into the countryside surrounding it. As we drove through town, the girls spotted a colorful little shop selling bags and clothes, [...]
This will be our fourth family Easter spent overseas, our third in a Buddhist country. Our two trips taking the girls to Japan while my brother and his family lived there both coincided with the spring festivities. Last year we were in Geneva, the Europe part of our trip around the world. We even dyed [...]
Buildings in Bangkok, Thailand from the river.
On our first day out in Bangkok, we were looking for Songkran, the Thai new year’s festival that involves a lot of water. We did find the party, eventually. First, we were re-directed on a little shake-down cruise by tuk tuk drivers.
We arrived at Siam sky train [...]
Arriving at the apartment, we were still soaked and covered in chalk paste.
We saw it in the in-flight magazine first. We were landing in Bangkok during the biggest party of the year and had no idea. It offset the knowledge that we were also landing during the hottest time of the year, when the [...]