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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Sunday – A Day with Suriya

The explotation of elephants in some places is quite disturbing, so the decision to visit Ran Tong Elephant Park was not one I took lightly. It was organised for us via Joy’s House. They confirmed that the elephants here are not forced to do tricks, they do not use seats or spikes and the mahuts … Continue reading »

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Out at the Farm

Part of our decision to stay at Joy’s House in Chiang Mai, Thailand was based on the fact that the house is associated with the ‘Children’s Shelter Foundation’. The Foundation provides the primary source of funds required to run Joy’s House, which consists of the guest house (where we are staying); the Tamarind Gardens cafe; … Continue reading »

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Some like it hot!

This morning we were taken out from Joy’s House by Chiangmai and Fhe, two of the young students from the house. Fhe is 19 and learning to take guests on tours and working on his English. Chiangmai is 16, quite confident with his English and a lovely young man happy to tell you what he … Continue reading »

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What better way…

Each morning I go for a walk to the market in the village of Phanon, which means ‘butterfly’. This morning I witnessed the daily ritual of the local monks who walk the streets with their alms bowls. They don’t make a loud noise or ring a bell, they just walk along softly chanting their prayers. … Continue reading »

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Market Mania to Calm Cruising

After our temple wandering, we were starting to get hungry and it was pretty hot, so Doi took us off to the market for some lunch…and treats! I don’t know the name of this market, but it is huge and quite close to the river. It is one of those markets, tht is really kind … Continue reading »

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Temple Run – Level Two

I enjoy organising our own travel, rather than using a travel agent as it allows me greater choices in what we do, when we do it and keeping the costs down. There are significant benefits to having a local guide though when you are sight-seeing as they can help save you lots of time, avoiding … Continue reading »

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Blossoms, Buddha and a Baby

It is Friday and the day of the Festival has arrived. The decorations and offerings are set out and the students are all dressed in white. As we eat our breakfast, guests start arriving. Jarm has already explained the seating, by heirachy…so we know where our place is…at the back!

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Sensory Overload

Touch, sight, smell, taste and sound…our five senses…mine all got a workout this afternoon… As part of our pre-set package with Joy’s House, we receive a one hour Thai Massage…I know, it’s tuff but someone has to do it… I get a massage every second Monday at home, so there is no concern about being … Continue reading »

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Temple Run – Level One

David had some work to do, so I decided to head into Chiang Mai’s Old City and have a look around. The house offers a free shuttle in, then you make your own way back whenever you are ready. The Old City area is defined by the remnants of walls that once stood as a … Continue reading »

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Get up and Go

Body clocks are quite amazing. No matter whether you are on a work day, weekend or holidays, when wake up time arrives you wake up. Maybe not fully, but enough to know what the time is and then make a decision whether you want to be awake yet or not. It seems that our consecutive … Continue reading »

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