Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Took the Skytrain to Taksin station & dock, Oriental Hotel's river taxi, dinner at Sala Rim Naam

on the river taxi

Louie with dancer
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"Ancient City"-A Park Recreating of All Thailand

Scottie & Chuman in Christ Church, moved here from elsewhere in Thailand. The tile roof and open sides made it cool with the water breezes.

Ceramics are a big industry in parts of Thailand, thus the boat load of pots in the middle.
Here are photos of the excursion shot by Srichan, our hostess.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Hmong Village NW of Chiang Mai deep on the mountainside

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Bhubing Palace

Bhubing Palace is the royal winter residence on the mountainside to the west of Chiang Mai built in 1961. The residences for the royal family and for visitors are relatively modest, but refreshingly comfortable looking and the gardens are stupendous. 

Wat Doi Suthep above Chiang Mai

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Rajvoravihara, according to legend, was founded when King Kuena (1355-1385) placed holy relics in a howdah on the back of a white elephant. The elephant carried the treasure up the high mountain to the west of Chiang Mai. Some say he turned around three times to indicate that this was the spot for the temple. Then, the elephant dropped dead from fatigue

The temple is famous for 306 steps bordered by a NAGA (dragon) balustrade. Fortunately, there's now a funicular to haul some of us up the steep mountain and back down again!


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Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas lunch-Four Seasons Chiang Mai 2009

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Four Seasons Chiang Mai 12-25-09

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is one of their premier hotels, about 45 minutes outside the city with rice paddies and gorgeous mountain scenery all around. The Cooking School restaurant offered a scrumptious Christmas lunch buffet. The setting is an indoor-outdoor space with a terrace in the trees, where we sat. It was pleasant weather, not too hot, and lots of big families with all ages were surrounding us celebrating the day and engaging passersby in conversation. In particular, a couple from Altoona, PA had great stories to tell. As usual we were amazed at how small a world it really is. We loved it.

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Orchid Farm near Chiang Mai Christmas Day 2009

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