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Tribes & Temples

Our day started with a 4-5hour bus ride from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, through mountains. Will I ever tire of the green scenery or rice paddys?
We donned our sunnies & stopped out the White Temple, it's only 20 years old & not yet complete but a real marvel to look at
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This afternoon we visited what you'll call an interpretive centre for the hill tribes. There is a small community from around 5 tribes live in this area, they stay a year or two before heading back to the jungle to there tribe. They play music, sing, dance, smile for you to take photos & you can buy market items direct from them. A good hour really.
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Finally a bit of down time & all I want to do is sleep, so tired but were off for a family dinner tonight followed by a party where the guys are girls & girls are guys. I brought a singlet & hat to go with my shorts.

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So an American, a Canadian & an Aussie walk into a bar

WARNING CONTAINS NUDITY

What am I saying it's more like a bunch of Americans, Canadians, Aussies, Chinese, South African..... Walk into a bar in Thailand ... Scrap that a cabaret bar ... Oh it was a lady boy show ok. Talk about laugh, what a performance.
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Our day actually started on the train
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Not a bad set up & I slept a lot better than I thought, however I do wish some people had more consideration to others when travelling in confined spaces. Don't get me started on the toilet ... That was the longest it's taken me to change my clothes there was no way nothing other than my flip flops that were touching that ground, better than the squat toilet in the other cubicle, man I'm sure I would have put my foot down the hole.

Once we had all recharged with the best breakfast so far, we tackled our workout for the day, some 300 odd steps to see the Wat Phra That Temple. We received blessings from a monk, had our fortunes told & enjoyed a quieter temple than yesterday.
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Only a couple hours free time so we hit the streets & got caught up no sorry drowned by Songkran. There were more drive by shootings & all sorts joining it, it was a great atmosphere.
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Now just because I took a Thai cooking class does not mean I'm going to cook you thai for (I'll leave that to the thai chief I'm packing with the tiger in my suitcase). Check out the beautiful setting of our cooking class
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Smack bang in the middle of the rice fields beautiful is the only way to describe it. We watched the sun set over the mountains whilst cooking, laughing & enjoying our meal
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Drive By Shootings

Yes today I have witnessed drive by shootings
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It's Songkran so there's people everywhere with buckets of water, hoses, water pistols, there on tuk tuks, motor bikes, the side of the road, everywhere no escaping, it's all good fun.
Visited the a Grand a Palace this morning an experience I can only liken to been a sheep in a large mob been herded through a small gate way. Your pushed, shoved, squished, all while sweating a bucket cause you must wear long pants. The worst was going in to see the Emerald Budda which is tiny didn't get too close I just wanted to squeeze through the door & back out to were I could breath. Tip - don't go on a Thai public holiday.
We also did a canal tour again I was happy to be back on solid ground. Night train tonight
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Songkran

Thai new year or the water festival it's a time to dust off your water pistol & join the fun.
You get soaked, there's water getting chucked on you, you get caught in the cross fire, then random people rub this chalk paste on your face, it's just awesome fun and it doesn't officially start until tomorrow!!!
Here some pics from the Main Street of action
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Ps have met the people on our tour looks like it's going to be a fun 2 week
Xox

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Bangkok - City of 7/11s

A little less sleep deprived Aussie & her California room mate set off to explore this morning, we made it to the hotel reception where we bumped into a couple of others from our tour. So we took a day tour to Damnoen Saduak where we took in the beauty of the floating market (through gritted teeth for me but no ice burgs in this canal).
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Some took in a cheeky elephant ride, others like me sat in cool & sipped a cold drink.
But the best part of the day by far was getting to feed & play with a 10 month old tiger cub or two. Was an amazing experience & I'm pretty sure none of them were drugged.
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Now about to met others & no doubt get wet it's raining & they are celebrating Songkran the water festival

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