October 12th 2015 (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Myanmar and Laos (kind of))

The curious incident of the cockroach in the night The neighbours’ bitter gourd – I may need to take a midnight walk with scissors! The Mynah bird we pass every evening – one day he will say ‘hello’! The Chiang Rai luxury bus goodies! A cold and wet night in Chiang Rai – I did not bring appropriate clothing. Brrrr – boo! Subtle evening light outside our room Much cuteness and surprisingly friendly for a Thai cat πŸ™‚ Strangely, written

The curious incident of the cockroach in the night

The neighbours’ bitter gourd – I may need to take a midnight walk with scissors!

The Mynah bird we pass every evening – one day he will say ‘hello’!

The Chiang Rai luxury bus goodies!

A cold and wet night in Chiang Rai – I did not bring appropriate clothing. Brrrr – boo!

Subtle evening light outside our room

Much cuteness and surprisingly friendly for a Thai cat πŸ™‚

Strangely, written in English – makes you question the target audience!

Overtaken by the pigs

If you want to have a totally amazing experience and be thoroughly spoiled, go stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. Alternatively, get a generous writing gig reviewing this hotel πŸ™‚

Early morning view from the room!

The view from the room in the other direction

Excuse the poor rushed photo. The time difference at the Thai/Myanmar border. Look closely – 10 minutes!!!

The village tour

The family motor!

The spices here have a more Indian influence than Thai

And consequently so does the food

Just chillin’!

Anchovy paste on the left and shrimp paste on the right – stinky!

Sandalwood and milling stones – the powder is mixed with water and used on the face by the burmese ladies

Shoes of many colours

Market life

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Feeding the pigeons at the temple

Dodging the pigeons for obvious reasons!

Making their blessing at Phra Jow La Keng temple

Junk yard Tom!

A little Shan girl trying to make a quick sale – who can resist?

A typical Shan village in Tachilek – the Chan people make up about 1/6 of the Burmese population

Pathat Sueli Lacon Chedi in Tachilek

Paying my respects to the ‘Wednesday Day’ Buddha (the day and time of the week I was born)

Even at the temples the locals try to sell you stuff

The view over Tachilek (Myanmar aka Burma) from the chedi

This fun sign caught my eye πŸ™‚

The huge leaves of the teak tree

Floating homes on the Mekong

Whizzing along in a long boat on the Mekong

Bath time for the Local Laos women

Snake whiskey in Laos

Seen!

Leaving Laos after a very brief visit to the market

The Golden Triangle – Thai side

Dining in style

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