In my eagerness to get as many posts published while internet was available long enough to get pictures to upload I missed a very important post and equally important pictures. Our cooking class at the Baan Hongnual Cooking School in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai - go north for cooking school and elephants! Chiang Mai (translates… Continue reading Ooops! Missed a spot…Baan Hongnual Cooking School
On the road from Chiang Mai to Chiang Kong we passed a beautiful small town called Chinag Rai. This was the scheduled stop for the group to visit the White Temple. It is visible from a distance because of its stark white colour but also because of its mirrored sliver detail. The silver and white… Continue reading On the Road to Chiang Khong – The White Temple
Don't be put off visiting this beautiful temple because of the 309 steps...there is a funicular that takes you to the top easily. Our guide explained how the white elephant brought (some)the ashes of the Lord Buddha to this place, circled the top of the mountain three times, trumpeted three times and then fell dead!… Continue reading Doi Sutehep Temple (The White Elephant Temple)
'The Park Hotel' was very nice! The absolutely beautiful lobby was reminiscent of bygone ages where carving was a life work more than a livelihood! Beautiful painted ceilings, carved wooden doors and furniture, and filigree planters brought me back to the turn of the century...yes the previous one! The Hotel staff were efficient and kind,… Continue reading Chiang Mai – The Park Hotel
Ahhh the wonders of the overnight train to, well, ...any where... but here in Thailand you don't know if it will be the 'new' train (which is beautiful) or the 'older' train (which is not so much!)...you pays your money and you takes your chances! We did get the new train and were very happy… Continue reading Overnight Train to Chiang Mai
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is always exciting in Bangkok. The street food is legendary but so are the restaurants. Breakfast was usually a buffet served at the hotel (Prime Hotel Centra Station), both hot and cold, western and Asian included. There was something for everyone and it was a delicious way to start the day.… Continue reading Bangkok… a city of temples and food!
Met our G Adventures group last night and I must admit I am more than pleasantly enchanted! The meeting was informative and ...well a meeting! Introductions all around led to some interesting people with interesting stories...and I'm sure it will just get better over the next few weeks. Group dinner was awesome! No, I'm not… Continue reading The post that never went anywhere! The guff on the group and a few more items!
The internet connections are sporadic at best and getting a strong enough signal for long enough to upload photos is a real special treat! Good internet connection today so I am working like crazy to get the photos sized and uploaded. We are 'taking it easy' at the Hotel this morning after a couple of… Continue reading Online…offline..online…off line and so it goes
Today was an incredible day...we visited the many temples (wats) in Bangkok! Check it out here: http://www.bangkok.com/magazine/10-temples.htm We took a motorcycle taxi (http://www.bangkok.com/information-travel-around/motorbikes.htm) to the dock to catch the river ferry to the #9 dock to check out the National Museum. It was an interesting ride and had a wonderful surprise... we got to a dock… Continue reading Wat, another wat, and another… Bangkok Temples
The street vendors of Bangkok are world renowned for great, quick food! Our first street vendor meal last night did not disappoint! So, many choices and so many food carts make a wise man wonder...what will I have next? Locals take a great amount of pride in their food carts by preparing and displaying everything… Continue reading Bangkok…makes a hard man humble…and full!