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Mar 22, 2018 - Elephant keeper for the day

We spent the day at the Patara Elephant Farm, a rescue sanctuary for several dozen Asian elephants. John & I had been there in 2014, and Jocelyn wanted to go this time, so off we went! We spent our time learning about evaluating their health, diet, temperament and how to take care of them. We fed them, brushed them, rode on the back of their necks, and finally washed them in the river. Just like the last time, they gave me the biggest guy in the bunch, the only male, named Boon. I don't think he remembered me. Our small group consisted of...

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Mar 21, 2018 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lois writing: On Tuesday March 20, we took an early afternoon flight from Yangon to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. John & I were here during our trip in the fall of 2014, and we liked it so much that we wanted to return. We are staying in the same hotel as the last time, and in fact, in the same room! Our new guide, courtesy of IOT is a peppy 40+ year old woman named Roon. After she dropped us off, it was almost suppertime, so we went out walking, and had dinner at the Riverside restaurant. Then we spent another couple of hours wandering...

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Feb 17, 2018 - Thai time, my time

Mo went off yesterday to bathe elephants: see her Facebook post for pictures and for a sense of her delightful time. I needed a day off. I have been fighting a cold for days, and I get worn down from transfers and sights. I stayed back to read, write, and do chores. The day before, Mo had purchased two cotton tops for the hot weather. She decided the fit could be better, so we asked a laundry for a place to get alterations done. Left here, right, 200 meters, we were told. Left, right, and 200 meters later, we found a diminutive Thai woman...

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Second Time Around

Feb 16, 2018 - Transport thus far

Getting around has been made simple by the work of our leader, Rong. He is constantly on the phone to drivers or offices to make sure our group is swooped up and deposited where needed. Our bus out of Bangkok was a local. It had air conditioning (AC or air-con) and a toilet. We only used the air con. We were told we might be joined by small farm animals but we did not have that good fortune. We have occasional passenger vans, but typically are loaded into rear-access over-sized tuk-tuks. I'm sure they are the cheapest option. I think odds...

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Second Time Around

Aug 13, 2017 - Spending Time in Chiang Mai - the 'Rose of the North'.

We have been visiting Chiang Mai for many years now and have stayed in different parts of the city, however, we much prefer the atmosphere and eclectic vibe of the Old City. In the few days at the beginning of our trip back in June, we spent time wandering around the four quarters of the Old City, exploring and deciding which area we preferred to stay in. We have always favoured the area near the Sunday Walking Street Market and have stayed in guest houses there many times, however, we have been really surprised at the high numbers of...

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Aug 12, 2017 - A trip to Lamphun

Having spent a week and a bit back in Chiang Mai, the Wombats decided it was a good opportunity to take a trip to other local areas to see what was around. Mrs Wombat did her research and we settled on a couple of destinations to investigate further, one of which we ruled out due to the fact that it would take a 4-5 hour mini van ride just to get there. We settled on Lamphun, a small town which is often overlooked by travellers, about 1/2 an hour from Chiang Mai. Mrs Wombat assured me it was a laid back town with many historical...

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Aug 9, 2017 - Heading to Baan Tawai

We had decided to head to Baan Tawai, which is a handicraft village, set about 40 minutes by car, out of the City. We have been there before and really enjoyed wandering around looking at tons of homewares, timber work, leather work and anything else you could possibly imagine. The last time we visited we bought some wooden homewares, but this visit was to search for some timber /teak indoor outdoor lights for our outdoor area and garden. We headed off for breakfast and we were walking along a fairly good road, when without warning, I felt...

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Jul 27, 2017 - Chiang Mai...last chapter

It's nearing the end of our time in Chiang Mai. We got some city time in a couple days ago. Went for a long run in the eastern part of the city where Josh used to live! Then had lunch, visited Wat Phra Singh (the most well known temple inside the Wall), and went to a Khantoke dance performance. We had a Northern Thai dinner seated on the floor while watching traditional Thai dances on stage. Yesterday we took a group tour out to Doi Inthanon National Park. We saw two very impressive waterfalls, walked around the top of the mountain, which...

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Jul 25, 2017 - Chiang Mai...Part 2

Our last three days in Chiang Mai have been very exciting. We took a trek through downtown to change hotels and what a neat city this is...so much character! The next day we visited Elephant Nature Park, one of many rescue camps for elephants where they are freed from their lives of abuse, rehabilitated, and given a chance to live an existence closer to how they would live in the wild. We fed them, watched them bathe and play, and walked among them. Then at night, we visited the Night Bazaar...ate awesome street food, watched Thai dancers,...

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Jul 22, 2017 - Chiang Mai...it's only the beginning

The first few days in Chiang Mai have been wonderful. We went for a run around the Old City which is still surrounded by a moat and the remnants of an ancient wall that was built in the early 1300's. The next day we hiked part way up Doi Suthep mountain on a trail called the Monk's Trail to the temple Wat Pha Lat, which is tucked away in very lush jungle. The trail gets it's namesake from the markers along the way, which are pieces of monk's robes tied to the trees, and from the people that regularly traverse it...yep, you guessed it,...

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Jul 2, 2017 - Day of Rest and Railway

We started our day with a trip to 7-11 to pick up breakfast food. Then headed to All Saint's Church. Ms. Karen's son Jacob gave the sermon. After the service, we went to a little place called Bake n Bite for lunch. The food was very good. We then hung around the MCC guest house until it was time to head to the railway station. The station was not very big and it was easy to find our way. When we got into our car everything was set up in sets of two seats facing each other. I was able to look out and see all kinds of great stuff...

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Cuddles Travels 2017

Jul 1, 2017 - Trip to Tesco Lotus

Here is a quick update on what happened after my post on Saturday. We went to the Tesco/Lotus again. I'm not sure if I told you before how there all kinds of shops on the ground floor and that the main store is upstairs. Well, we went to The Pizza Company for some really great pizza. It was started by some former employees of Pizza Hut Thailand. They had good ideas about how to take what Thai's liked about Pizza Hut pizza and make it better by adding some Thai inspired twists. Lily let me try out her bib. After that, we went upstairs to...

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Cuddles Travels 2017

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