Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Today was our last day... so we decided to make the best of us. We hired a driver, a nice man named Raywat, who took us all over town from 10:30 and dropped us off at the airport at 8:30. First we headed up into the mountains for the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (temple) it was gorgeous except it was fogged in and there was scaffolding on the main part! We stopped at a jade factory and learned all about different types of jade and how they carve the jade.

Next we headed to Tiger Kingdom where you can go into the habitats of tigers!  We did the medium sized tigers and the first one we petted was a bit grumpy and kept snarling at us. After that, I waited outside of the cage and let Trey play. They were beautiful and we wandered around a little. We saw a little tiger cub stalking two little kids! Next we went to a couple different factories. We stopped at a bronze factory and a place where they make silk bedspread, shawls, and some of the most gorgeous hand woven rugs I’ve ever seen. They each rug takes one person 1.5-5 years to make!

Then it was back into the heart of Chiang Mai for the temple tour. The provence of Chiang Mai has over 700 temples. We stopped at a number of them including: Wat Chedi Luang, What Chiang Man, Wat Phra Singh, and more. Many of them have schools for monks and Monk Chat were you can talk with the monks about anything. At one of the temple, two monks waved Trey over and they talked for awhile.

It was sunset by then and we were hungry! We headed to Nimmanhaemin Road, which seems to be a younger, hip area for dinner. We had our final meal and it was off to the airport. We somehow drove through an air force base on the way! We checked in and waited for our flight. A huge storm hit with torrential rains, but amazing our flight still left pretty much on time. We arrived in Bangkok a little after midnight. After gathering our bag, we checked the monitor only to discover our United flight to Narita/Tokyo had been cancelled...


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