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Happy Birthday Dad/George! We hope you had a great day snowmobiling.

Happy Birthday Dad/George!!

Happy Birthday Dad/George!!


Happy Birthday Dad/George!

Happy Birthday Dad/George!

Love You Lots!!

xoxo

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Chinese New Year, Muay Thai Fight and Clara's Birthday

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Sorry for not blogging recently! Since we've been back in Chiang Mai we have celebrated Chinese New Year in Chinatown, went to another Muay Thai fight at a different stadium and celebrated our friend Clara's birthday.

We thought Chinese New Year was going to be a bigger deal than it was. They celebrate it for a whole week but we were only able to find events happening in Chinatown. Sign

Sign


Chinatown had a festival happening for two days and we went to celebrate on the 15th which was the last day. They had a stage set up with some performances on it and had a lot of food vendors!
Dancing Dragon Performance

Dancing Dragon Performance

Women doing Tai Chi

Women doing Tai Chi

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Dancing Dragon

Dancing Dragon

Dancing Dragon

Dancing Dragon

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Making Bamboo Juice

Making Bamboo Juice


Food

Food

bugs!

bugs!

Food

Food

Food

Food

Food

Food

Fish

Fish

Food

Food

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown

We also went to the Sunday night market. Across from our hotel is the Tha Phae Gate.
Tha Phae Gate

Tha Phae Gate

The wall at Tha Phae Gate

The wall at Tha Phae Gate


It's a wall the separates the old city from the new city.
Sunday Night Market

Sunday Night Market

Sunday Night Market

Sunday Night Market


There's a court yard that they fill with vendors selling everything and anything. They also close off the streets in the old city from traffic that they set up more vendors.

We decided to go to another Muay Thai fight but at a different stadium and made sure that there were heavy class fighters. We enjoyed it a lot more than the first time we went. The stadium that it was at was an outdoor cover stadium with bars and restaurants lining the ring. Thai Boxing Ring

Thai Boxing Ring

Thai Boxing Stadium

Thai Boxing Stadium


There was a bare knuckle fight (had taped hands) that was exciting to watch.Thai Boxing

Thai Boxing

Thai Boxer

Thai Boxer

Thai Boxing

Thai Boxing

Thai Boxer

Thai Boxer

Thai Boxing

Thai Boxing

Thai Boxing

Thai Boxing

women Thai Boxing

women Thai Boxing

Women Thai Boxing

Women Thai Boxing


There was also had a blind fight. They had three men in the ring with blind folds on which was funny to watch.

On the 24th it was Clara's birthday. We went to a Mexican restaurant and had a great dinner. Then went back to the hotel for cake and a few drinks. Clara's Birthday Cake

Clara's Birthday Cake

Clara's Birthday Cake

Clara's Birthday Cake


After that we headed down to the street that the stadium was on to play pool and check out some of the bars. The Bar We Went To

The Bar We Went To

Bar

Bar

Bar

Bar

Street of Bars

Street of Bars

Clara's Birthday Shot

Clara's Birthday Shot


We stayed at this one bar for a while and played pool with the owner. She was a pool shark. Bar Owner

Bar Owner

Tyler Playing Pool

Tyler Playing Pool

Clara Playing Pool

Clara Playing Pool

Tyler Playing Pool

Tyler Playing Pool

I think Clara had a great night! It was nice to celebrate it with her. Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl

We bought our bus tickets today for Loas. We are leaving tomorrow morning at 8:30 and should be in Loas around 2:30ish. We are wanting to do the Gibbon Experience which is a 2 night trek in the jungle with zip lining. Once we get to Laos we hope to book that asap so we can plan around the date that we are doing the trek.

We will talk to you later when we get to Laos!

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Thanks Everyone!

Hey everyone, we just wanted to say thanks to everyone who keeps tabs on us by checking out our blog. We love reading all the comments you leave for us! Keep them coming!

Tyler & Sarah

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Jungle Trek in Chiang Rai

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On our second day while visiting the Akha hill village we decided to go on a one day jungle trek that was offered. The trek started at about 9am, each of us were given a walking stick and the men were given machetes.
Tyler and our Guide trekking

Tyler and our Guide trekking

We started off the trek with an incredibly steep climb up one of the mountains which pretty much winded us right away. When we got to the top it was a great view of the surrounding area
The beginning of our one day trek

The beginning of our one day trek


Looking down on the Ahka Hill House

Looking down on the Ahka Hill House

After reaching the top of one of the mountains we followed a pretty tiny trail along the side which wasn't more than 2 feet wide. It was a pretty far fall down the side if we had slipped but everyone made it. After about an hour of trekking we stopped at a small clearing in the jungle and set to work making cups and chopsticks out of bamboo. We each had a try at it but in the end we used the cups that our guide made for us. He did an incredible job and made it look super easy.
Our guide making bamboo cups for everyone

Our guide making bamboo cups for everyone

Tyler making a bamboo cup

Tyler making a bamboo cup

Our guide making bamboo chopsticks for everyone

Our guide making bamboo chopsticks for everyone

Tyler making a bamboo cup

Tyler making a bamboo cup

Sarah making a bamboo cup

Sarah making a bamboo cup

Sarah making a bamboo cup

Sarah making a bamboo cup

Homemade Bamboo Cups that we used for lunch

Homemade Bamboo Cups that we used for lunch

After our guides completed making the cups and chopsticks we continued on through the jungle over streams
Sarah crossing a bamboo bridge

Sarah crossing a bamboo bridge

Tyler crossing a bamboo bridge

Tyler crossing a bamboo bridge

And back up through the mountain passes with amazing views.
The mountain that we climbed

The mountain that we climbed

Around noon we stopped at a small river and our guides showed us how the Akha hill people used to catch fish with out nets many years ago. Basically, they would come to a river where it split off in two ways. Then they would divert the water by building a small damn so the water would flow down only one of the river beds thereby leaving one of the river beds to dry up to make it easy for them to collect any fish, prawns, or crabs.
Our guides creating a damn to catch fish for lunch

Our guides creating a damn to catch fish for lunch

Our guide creating a damn to catch fish for lunch

Our guide creating a damn to catch fish for lunch

Guide holding up a shrimp that he caught

Guide holding up a shrimp that he caught

Unfortunately our catch wasn't the biggest that day but our guides came prepared for that situation. They explained to us that at one time there were plenty of catfish and large prawns and crabs but now many of the rivers are over fished and there is not much to be found anymore. None the less the guides were able to catch a few small prawns and a small crab.
Seafood that our guides caught for lunch

Seafood that our guides caught for lunch

We then left the riverbed to head to where we would stop for lunch. We trekked for about 10 minutes from the riverbed and stopped at a small little hut that belongs to a tea farmer in the jungle. At the hut there was a clearing and a fire pit and our guides set to work cooking us lunch. They began by cutting fresh bamboo and stuffing them with fresh cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, and onions. Cutting up the Cabbage on a Banana Leaf

Cutting up the Cabbage on a Banana Leaf

Cutting up the tomatoes on a banana leaf

Cutting up the tomatoes on a banana leaf

Then, they filled the bamboo with water to cover the vegetables and added some salt and dried chili. Then, they put the filled bamboo shoots over the fire for the water to come to a boil.
Pouring water into the bamboo with vegetables

Pouring water into the bamboo with vegetables

Guide Manning the Fire

Guide Manning the Fire

Our guide pouring hot water into the vegetables

Our guide pouring hot water into the vegetables

Vegetables cooking in bamboo over the fire

Vegetables cooking in bamboo over the fire

The next dish our guides prepared for us was an omelet that was also made in the bamboo shoot. First they added the cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, and onions. Then they added some coriander herbs for seasoning, followed by the eggs.
Making the omelet in the bamboo

Making the omelet in the bamboo

Our guide filling the bamboo with wild tea leaves

Our guide filling the bamboo with wild tea leaves

Our lunch cooking over the fire

Our lunch cooking over the fire

When the water came to boil in the shoots filled with cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes, the guide then took them off the fire and added the contents of the bamboo shoots to a big bowl that he had dug in the ground and filled with giant leaves to act as a bowl. Inside the big bowl he had already unpacked about 10 packs of dried noodles and spices. Basically, he made a noodle dish with the boiled vegetables and vegetable stock that was made in the bamboo. IT WAS DELICIOUS!
Noodles in the banana leaf bowl

Noodles in the banana leaf bowl

Our guide taking out the bamboo from the fire

Our guide taking out the bamboo from the fire

Pouring the vegetables over the noodles in a banana leaf bowl

Pouring the vegetables over the noodles in a banana leaf bowl

Pouring the vegetables over the noodles in a banana leaf bowl

Pouring the vegetables over the noodles in a banana leaf bowl

Pouring the vegetables over the noodles in the banana leaf bowl

Pouring the vegetables over the noodles in the banana leaf bowl

Cooked noodles and vegetables.

Cooked noodles and vegetables.

We then sat down to eat out of the bamboo cups and chopsticks that they had made a few hours earlier for us. We also got to enjoy the omelet that was made and trust me when i tell you that it was delicious (the picture does not do it any justice)
Sarah enjoy the delisous lunch in our homemade bamboo cups

Sarah enjoy the delisous lunch in our homemade bamboo cups

Opening the bamboo to eat our delisous omelet

Opening the bamboo to eat our delisous omelet

Omelet cooked in bamboo over the fire

Omelet cooked in bamboo over the fire

Finally, after consuming all the food and a cup of tea that was made from fresh tea leaves picked straight from the tree
Wild Tea tree

Wild Tea tree

We continued on our trek with our new destination being another hill village at the top of another mountain. It was quite the trek and our full stomachs made it a bit difficult at first but by the end we were happy they had made us such a big meal, we really needed the energy. At the top of the hill was one of the most spectacular views we have seen yet. It was a bit hazy so the camera didn't pick up all the mountain ranges in the background but believe us when we tell you that there were many many mountains and valleys to be seen from the top.
Tyler trekking to the top of the Mountain

Tyler trekking to the top of the Mountain

Tyler trekking

Tyler trekking

Sky

Sky

View from the top of the Mountain

View from the top of the Mountain

Sarah at the top of the Mountain

Sarah at the top of the Mountain

Tyler at the top of the mountain

Tyler at the top of the mountain

Sarah and Tyler on top of the Mountain

Sarah and Tyler on top of the Mountain

When we began our decent from the top back to the Akha hill village it was a much easier hike. We took roads, which were more like off roading trails, but they were at least easier to navigate than the jungle trails. It was a great day and an even better work-out and our guide was amazing. He is a native of the Akha people and has lived in the mountains his whole life. He was very knowledgeable and very friendly and we will definitely always remember him.
Tyler and our Guide

Tyler and our Guide

Sarah and our Guide

Sarah and our Guide

The next morning we decided to head back to Chiang Mai
Truck that we rode in to and from the Ahka Hill House

Truck that we rode in to and from the Ahka Hill House


and treat ourselves to a nice hotel room and some massages. All in All, our experience in Chiang Rai was amazing and beging able to stay in the Akha hill village was definitely a special opportunity. If anyone every comes to Chiang Rai, it is an experience that should not be missed!

Cheers!

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Ahka Hill Waterfall

Chiang Rai

sunny 30 °C
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There's a waterfall 10 minutes away from our bungalow that we hiked to. The hike to the waterfall wasn't too bad. There were some interesting paths but pretty straight forward.
Sarah walking down the path to Ahka Hill Waterfall

Sarah walking down the path to Ahka Hill Waterfall

Path to Ahka Hill Waterfall

Path to Ahka Hill Waterfall

Tyler Climbing

Tyler Climbing

Tyler Climbing

Tyler Climbing

It was really nice and we were able to have a quick dip.
Ahka Hill Waterfall

Ahka Hill Waterfall

Tyler

Tyler

Ahka Hill Waterfall

Ahka Hill Waterfall

Tyler and Sarah at the Ahka Hill Waterfall

Tyler and Sarah at the Ahka Hill Waterfall

Ahka Hill Waterfall

Ahka Hill Waterfall

Sarah in the Waterfall

Sarah in the Waterfall

Sarah

Sarah

Ahka Hill Waterfall

Ahka Hill Waterfall


The water was fresh water and cold. Not too cold though! There are two sections to it that we were able to see.

At the top there was an Ahka Hill Tribe man fixing the bridge for people to get to the other side. He was working really hard. Ahka Hill Tribe Man Fixing Bridge

Ahka Hill Tribe Man Fixing Bridge

Ahka Hill Tribe Man

Ahka Hill Tribe Man

Ahka Hill Tribe Man Fixing Bridge

Ahka Hill Tribe Man Fixing Bridge


We gave him our water and he chugged it right away, he was very thankful. The whole bridge is made out of bamboo.
Ahka Hill Waterfall Bridge

Ahka Hill Waterfall Bridge

Ahka Hill Waterfall Bridge

Ahka Hill Waterfall Bridge

At the bottom of the waterfalls it looked like there was fine specs of gold!
Tyler thinks he has found gold!

Tyler thinks he has found gold!

Fools Gold at base of Waterfall

Fools Gold at base of Waterfall

Tyler thinks he has found gold!

Tyler thinks he has found gold!

Fools Gold at base of Waterfall

Fools Gold at base of Waterfall

It's nice that it's so close so whenever we need a refreshing dip we can head to the waterfall!

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