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Arrived in Chiang Rai

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We took a bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai that was only 2 1/2 hours. We traveled through the mountains to get here so it was an interesting bus ride. We didn't have a place to stay when we arrived but when we purchased our bus tickets there was a brochure that was attached to the tickets. It was for a Akha Hill House which is a hill tribe that have bungalows and rooms on a mountain that you can rent. They also offer treks and there are waterfalls and hot springs close by so it sounded like heaven to us!

We got to the office in Chiang Rai city and waited for the truck to take us up the hill. It was 23 km away from the city. The roads that we took were really twisty and tourney which was quite the experience.
Road to the Akha Hill House

Road to the Akha Hill House

Road to the Akha Hill House

Road to the Akha Hill House

Road to the Akha Hill House

Road to the Akha Hill House

Road to the Akha Hill House

Road to the Akha Hill House


We went up some really steep hills that we didn't know if we were going to make it, but we did!

We got to our little bungalow on the mountain and it is beautiful. Our bungalow is made out of bamboo with a thatch roof with a western toilet and hot shower.
Our Bungalow

Our Bungalow

Inside our Bungalow

Inside our Bungalow

Inside our Bungalow

Inside our Bungalow

Inside our Bungalow

Inside our Bungalow


We have a balcony that over looks the mountains!
View from Our Bungalow

View from Our Bungalow

View from Our Bungalow

View from Our Bungalow

Sunrise from our Bungalow

Sunrise from our Bungalow

Sunrise from our Bungalow

Sunrise from our Bungalow

View from our Bungalow

View from our Bungalow

View from our Window

View from our Window

View from our Window

View from our Window


It's a little sketchy because it's made out of bamboo and it feels like it could break any moment haha but the view is incredible!

Right now I'm at sitting at the reception area where we eat and enjoy a campfire at night and I'm looking out to the jungle! Magnificent! Akha Hill House

Akha Hill House

Sarah Blogging

Sarah Blogging

Today we are planing on going on a trek to see a waterfall and maybe some hot springs if we can find them! They offer treks which is great and we are planing on doing an over night one that you can building a house out of banana leaves that you sleep in for the night. Can't wait!!

Anyways, we should get our buts in gear and go find a waterfall!

Posted by Thai-Sarah 20:03 Archived in Thailand Tagged ecotourism Comments (2)

Tiger Kingdom and Snake Farm

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We went to the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai with Clara and Kenneth and it was a great experience. We purchased the package deal that included 20 minutes with 3 large tigers and 20 minutes with 3 small tigers. Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

We roamed around the pens freely with all the tigers. The Tiger Kingdom does not drug or use chains to hold the tigers, they just roam free. The whole experience was surreal that it's hard to put into words what the experience was like. We hired a photographer to take photos of us during the large and small tigers. He took over 200 photos, which we have on disk. Here is a selection of photos of some of our favourites! Enjoy!!

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 7 month cub

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female


Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female


Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

Tiger Kingdom - 3 year old female

We hired a car for the day and after the Tiger Kingdom we ventured off to the Snake Farm where they filmed Rambo 4 with Sylvester Stalone. It too was an experience. Tyler was very nervous and we couldn't get him to hold or touch any of the snakes.
Snake Farm

Snake Farm

Sarah Holding Python

Sarah Holding Python

Snake Farm

Snake Farm

Snake Farm

Snake Farm

Snake Farm

Snake Farm

Snake Farm

Snake Farm

Cobra Fangs

Cobra Fangs

Milking the cobra

Milking the cobra

Milking the Cobra

Milking the Cobra

Kiss of Death

Kiss of Death

Snake Farm

Snake Farm

Posted by Thai-Sarah 04:56 Archived in Thailand Tagged animal Comments (3)

Mae Sa Valley - the Samoeng Loop bike trip

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Probably the highlight of our trip so far, my opinion anyway (Tyler), was the Samoeng Loop Motorbike trip through the mountains in Chiang Mai Province. The loop itself was just over 100km and it is located just North-West of Chiang Mai City.samoengloop

samoengloop


The route was amazing and any motorcycle lover (John Gillies/George Mueller) would have loved every second of it. The whole route was basically a series of switchbacks and tight corners that go up and down the sides of the mountains from elevations of about 500m to 1200m.Kenneth and Clara

Kenneth and Clara


To tackle the hills in style and comfort we sprang for the Honda VRX 400 which turned out to be a great decision both in comfort and power. Honda VRX 400

Honda VRX 400


Kenneth and Clara joined us for the ride and they also rented a 400, the only difference being the handle bars and pipes, which I was very jealous of. Kenneth, Clara, Tyler and Sarah

Kenneth, Clara, Tyler and Sarah

Sarah and Tyler

Sarah and Tyler

Tyler

Tyler

Shadow

Shadow


Along the route we stopped every once in a while to appreciate the views of the northern mountain ranges and waterfalls in the area. Mountains

Mountains

Landscape

Landscape

Landscape

Landscape

Landscape

Landscape

Landscape

Landscape

Mountains

Mountains

Mountains

Mountains


Most of the adventure came when trying to actually locate the waterfalls. Tat Krok Waterfall

Tat Krok Waterfall

Sarah and the Tat Krok Waterfall

Sarah and the Tat Krok Waterfall

Tyler Tat Krok Waterfall

Tyler Tat Krok Waterfall


Eventually we had to stop and fill up the tank and we found a proper thai gas stationGas Pumps

Gas Pumps

Gas Station

Gas Station

Gas Station

Gas Station


While trying to find the Tat Krok waterfall we got very lucky and met a very nice thai lady who did her best to give us directions to the waterfall. We then set out to try and find it but right away we got fairly confused and almost gave up trying to find it. Thankfully the lady was watching us and must have felt sorry for us because she came and picked us up and gave us a ride in the back of her 4x4 to the waterfall. She was so nice! She even drove us up the mountain on some pretty haggard trails to get us to the walking trail down to the waterfall. After checking out Tat Krok we walked back to the lady's house where we had parked our bikes. We then hit the road again to head back to Chiang Mai before it got dark. The drive back was just as beautiful as the drive in except this time we were treated to a sunset cruise through the mountainsSunset

Sunset


The next day we had a few hours left on our rentals for the bikes so we decided to head out nice and early, about 6:30am, to go and see the Mae Sa waterfall natural park. It had 10 waterfalls in it, the highest being at 1060m and the lowest at 150m. It was a great hike up the mountain to see the waterfalls.Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall

Tyler Jumping Mae Sa Waterfall

Tyler Jumping Mae Sa Waterfall

Tyler Mae Sa Waterfall

Tyler Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall

Sarah and Tyler Mae Sa Waterfall

Sarah and Tyler Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall


Tonight (The 15th) we are heading down to chinatown to ring in the Chinese new year and check out the fire dragon shows and the other Chinese festivities.
Tomorrow we are heading to the Tiger Kingdom around noon and the following day we are leaving Chiang Mai for Chiang Rai to hopefully do some Trekking in the jungles and mountains.
Cheers!

Posted by Thai-Sarah 00:46 Archived in Thailand Tagged motorcycle Comments (2)

Muay Thai Fight

Chiang Mai

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We bought our tickets at a backpackers travel agent which gave us a deal - 100 baht off! We went for the VIP seats because they were closer and not much more money. We didn't know what we were getting our selves into because we heard that some muay thai fights can get really sloppy with blood and sweat getting all over you if you are close. But we were ready for anything! We went to the Kawila Boxing Stadium where all the big fights take place in Chiang Mai.

We were very surprised when we got there because we thought it was going to be packed and have the "underground" feel to it. But there weren't a lot of people there and the stadium was clean and we didn't get any sweat or blood on us. We were wishing we went to a heavy class fight because I think deep down we did want to see some blood and sweat flying hahah. This was the fight list for the night. Muay Thai Fight List

Muay Thai Fight List

Our seats were really close which was nice and we were able to go right up to the ring. We went with Kenneth and Clara and Tyler took Clara's camcorder and took some really cool videos right at the ring. His elbow was literally resting on the floor of the boxing ring. They do a ritual and ceremony that is performed before the fight for religious reasons and as a stretching warmup. Muay Thai Fight Ceremony

Muay Thai Fight Ceremony


Here are some pictures of the fights. Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thai Fight

All in all it was a good night! Good experience and we were glad we got the VIP seats because we were able to go really close.

Posted by Thai-Sarah 19:33 Archived in Thailand Tagged events Comments (0)

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