409 Photos - Jan 9, 2014
Photo: Sunset dinner, Surin BeachPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Reclining Buddha in cavePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Hungry monkeyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Healthy mangrove swampPhoto: Photo: Photo: Crab picked off a rockPhoto: Looking up at the overhanging islandPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sea cavePhoto: High-water line in cavePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Heading out into Phang Nga BayPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Fishing village turned tourist trapPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: "Vacant lot" in the middle of the villagePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Approaching "James Bond" IslandPhoto: Photo: Photo: This was the island featured in "The Man with the Golden Gun" in 1974Photo: "James Bond" IslandPhoto: Now a class "A" tourist trap...but we got there just as everyone was going home.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Employee shuttle leavingPhoto: Photo: Photo: James Bond Island panoramaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Mosque on the island we had lunch onPhoto: Monkeys on islandPhoto: Island dwellersPhoto: Photo: Sarasin bridge (old and new)Photo: The old bridge is open only to foot traffic and the center section has been elevated for better boat clearancePhoto: Photo: Bamboo poles going to marketPhoto: Doubletree poolPhoto: Snorkeling at Simlian Island (#4 I think)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: All shoes were held on the boats!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Vanessa appreciating...Photo: Photo: ...this viewPhoto: Photo: Photo: HandrailPhoto: Photo: Photo: Last snorkeling stopPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Crab artPhoto: Crab art, Bang Niang beach (Khao Lak)Photo: JellyfishPhoto: Photo: SeashellsPhoto: Self-portrait in silhouette (with jellyfish)Photo: Photo: Gerd & Noi resort, Khao LakPhoto: Red curry and teddy bear ricePhoto: Bridge to elephant campPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Traffic jamPhoto: Photo: Troelhs and Maria, our trekking companionsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Drive-through banana standPhoto: Photo: Photo: Feeding timePhoto: Photo: Photo: More, pleasePhoto: Photo: YumPhoto: Photo: Finally!Photo: Photo: Fuzzy babyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Starting village for our trekPhoto: Corn cobsPhoto: Pet monkeyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Papaya treesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: PeanutsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Passion fruit trellisPhoto: Our bamboo hutPhoto: Temple decorations being paintedPhoto: PiggyPhoto: Chicken familyPhoto: Strangely we didn't see any Siamese cats, but lots of tabbies and alleycatsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Kids at the handicrafts workshopPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our guide Jackie's barcaloungerPhoto: Sunset second villagePhoto: Setting up for the evening "culture show"Photo: Dancing around the firePhoto: Slight disarray amongst the younger kids as they looked to each other of the older girls for cuesPhoto: The dog enjoyed the fire, anywayPhoto: Photo: Peace signs, everyonePhoto: Or maybe James Bond signs...Photo: Black beans ready to remove from podsPhoto: Mimosa plant (folds its leaves when touched)Photo: Up the hill againPhoto: Funnel-shaped webPhoto: Strangler figPhoto: Cows and banana treesPhoto: This is a trail ?!Photo: Literally going upstreamPhoto: Photo: Us at the waterfallPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Jackie cooking our lunch of instant ramen with eggs and vegetablesPhoto: Bamboo standsPhoto: Photo: Ceremonial pole outside village templePhoto: Entering the last villagePhoto: Sunset over the villagePhoto: Photo: Inside our bamboo hut for the third nightPhoto: Purple haze at duskPhoto: Keith, Vanessa, Jackie, Troels, and NynnePhoto: Odd-looking flowering stalk but the plant is grown for its rootsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Temple outside of Chiang Dao cavePhoto: Photo: Chiang Dao cave entrancePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Big spiderPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Bats in cavePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Orchid nurseryPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Ping River, Chiang MaiPhoto: Temple in Chiang MaiPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Chiang Rai templePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Parade floats for festivalPhoto: Photo: Not a typical Thai Buddha (more Chinese)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Gecko on the wall at our hotelPhoto: The White Temple, Chiang RaiPhoto: Built in the 90s by a popular artist, this place is very popular with the locals.Photo: Photo: A white Christmas courtesy of Google's "Auto-awesome" feature, which apparently thinks the misty air means this must be a winter wonderland.Photo: Photo: Hands reaching up from the underworldPhoto: Photo: Photo: The golden bathroomsPhoto: Photo: The "Black House" is a very eclectic collection of  buildings and artwork by another famous Thai artistPhoto: He is apparently fascinated with not only wood carving but also snakeskinsPhoto: Photo: and animal skulls/hornsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Possibly the world's strangest public toiletPhoto: Vanessa likes snakes, tooPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Definitely the world's strangest bathroom, but this one was not open to the publicPhoto: Photo: Photo: Elephant skeletonPhoto: The scale is indicating 4.5 kg!Photo: Entering tourist village near Chiang RaiPhoto: Photo: "Longneck" Karen weaverPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: According to the literature, the cords don't actually elongate the neck, but rather depress the shoulders.Photo: She is 26 and came here alone from Myanmar (Burma) to seek her fortunePhoto: They all say it's not uncomfortable, although Vanessa felt differently after trying this half-stack meant for a teenagerPhoto: Photo: I guess when you start young enough you get used to itPhoto: Photo: Entrance to the monkey cavePhoto: The monkey on the right has had too much corn, bananas, and peanuts!Photo: Photo: Photo: Time for a drinkPhoto: Photo: Even piggy can climb.Photo: Photo: Following us up the stairway to the cavePhoto: Photo: By now, you should be able to guess what was inside the cave too...Photo: Photo: Caught this guy trying to sneak up behind me at the viewpoint while I had my back turnedPhoto: Photo: Monkeys chasing usPhoto: Schoolyard brawl on the tire swing!Photo: Photo: Sure, drive your moped through the marketPhoto: or your elephant...Photo: Photo: Customs house in Mae Sai (border with Burma). Apparently shopping is very big here due to easy access to cheap Chinese importsPhoto: We are below the triangle on the map on the right (yellow is Thailand)Photo: Laos side of the MekongPhoto: The golden triangle (Burma)Photo: Photo: The Big Buddha overlooking the river and the highwayPhoto: Photo: Buddha at golden trianglePhoto: Mekong RiverPhoto: Historic temple at Chiang SaenPhoto: Photo: Photo: New Year's fireworks and balloons in Chiang RaiPhoto: Photo: One lantern particularly closePhoto: Chinese lanterns released for New Year'sPhoto: Almost like orange constellationsPhoto: There was a trickle throghout the evening and then dozens released just after midnightPhoto: Our bus back to Chiang Mai after the transmission broke down...we didn't stay to see it repaired after Vanessa flagged down a passing pickup.Photo: View to the west of hotel in Chiang MaiPhoto: Chiang Mai, eastern moatPhoto: Photo: City wall northeast cornerPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Shrine of the Crystal Buddha and Marble Buddha (far too small to see through the glass)Photo: Did I mention Vanessa likes elephants?Photo: Luckily the stone ones are impervious to staringPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Inside Tha Phae gate (reconstructed)Photo: Photo: Color-changing buddha and friendsPhoto: Strutting his stuffPhoto: Outside Tha Phae gate