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...A Thai Greeting...

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....Bit Of Advice You Must Not Shake Hands When You Meet A Thai...
...It's Said That Thailand looks like the Trunk and Head of An Elephant...

Thailand is a predominantly Buddist kingdom. It is said that Thailand resembles the head and trunk of the animal that has long been the symbol of Thailand, the elephant. For centuries known by outsiders as Siam, Thailand has been something of a Southeast Asian cultural and religious crossroads.

Geographically Thailand is about the same size as France. and has a population of about 55 million people. Thailand Borders Burma to the West and North, Laos to the Northeast, Kampuchea to the west, and Malaysia to the south.

Wat Arun The Temple of dawn..

Temple of the Dawn, perhaps so named because the first light of morning is reflected off the surface of the temple with a pearly iridescence) is a buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple is located in the Bangkok Yai district, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The full name of the temple is Wat Arunratchawararam..The temple was built in the days of Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya and originally known as Wat Makok (The Olive Temple). In the ensuing era when Thonburi was capital, King Taksin changed the name to Wat Chaeng. The Wat had a brief period as host of the Emerald Buddha, which was moved to Wat Phra Kaew in 1784. The later King Rama II. changed the name to Wat Arunratchatharam. He restored the temple and enlarged the central prang. The work was finished by King Rama III. King Rama IV gave the temple the present name Wat Arunratchawararam.

We started our day in Bankok boarding a longtail boat on the Chao Phraya, which is called the River of the Kings.. to visit Noi and The Royal Barge Museum. The beautiful boats that are displayed here where used by the Kings of the Chakri dynasty for more than 200 years. Than on to the wonderful Wat Arun, the temple of dawn. We cross the river to the Grand Palace, which needs a page of it's own. Among other sites we would visit are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha,the holiest Buddha of all. We will return to Bankok to end our trip.

With little time to spare we must make our flight to the north to Chaing Mai, the rose of the north!! It is here we meet up with our trusty guide and driver Chak who I will never forget.

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Adorable Chinese Baby..WHOOPS I DROPPED IT~..

Chiang Mai is a wonderful contrast to Bankok. It is Thailand's second city, although it is only one seventh the size of the capitol and very unlike Bankok in most all other respects. Of great antiquity, Chaing Mai is a beautiful destination with many charms and sights. Located north of Bankok, Chaing Mai was less than an hour by plane.


Cave Explorering..Taking A Break..

To show the contrast Bankok is a mere 200 years old, whereas Chaingmai was founded in the late 13th. century and it is one of the oldest settlements in Thailand.

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A Lazy Day In Chaing Mai..

...THE CHIANG MAI NIGHT BAZAAR, OR KADlUANG( ROYAL MARKET)...
....There are wonderful artists ...have a painting done or sketch...
as it is known by Thaiís, is one of Chiang Mai's biggest tourist attractions, a visit to the city without going to the Night Bazaar is almost unheard of
Every night the centre of the city comes alive as the market attracts huge crowds of bargain hunters, all looking for cheap trinkets & gifts. The market not only specialises in locally made handicrafts such as wood carvings, jade, hill tribes silver jewelry, silk & ceramics, but you can also buy everything there from antiques, copy CDís & DVDís, designer tee-shirts, clothes & even fake Rolex watches !.
...CHIANG MAI NIGHT BAZAAR...
Be prepared to... !BARGIN HARD!... to get the best deals you will have to, the prices quoted will always be lower than at home, but you should be able to ďnegotiateĒ a discount of at least 15%-20% off the 1st PRICE! The market has huge arcades which hold a many! shops and stalls. The place is so packed that stalls actually line both sides of the main road as well ...If you have interest in hilltribe items drums..ect..you can find them here as well just look hard and bargin..they will also ship prob.by freight..cheaper just make sure you use a credit card..in case it does not get there
...CHIANG MAI NIGHT LIFE... GREAT SHOPPING TOOOO!...
Itís a HUGE place to wander around, so you should put aside a complete evening, including dinner at one of the many roadside restaurants located nearby serving not only Thai food, but also Chinese food, GOOD INDIAN AS WELL AS Asian food & even Western food.
The Chiang Mai night-life is not as concentrated or outrageous as Bangkok's infamous Nana Plaza area or Pattaya. There are many relaxing bars, several discotheques, live music venues and one street with hostess bars which cater to tourists, located along Loi Kroh Road. It includes a walk-in arcade with a Muay Thai boxing ring near the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel. The city maintains its liberal, laid back attitude with several areas and venues that accommodate the gay and lesbian scene. The Chiang Mai night-life is lively and goes well into the small hours. Bars and late-night restaurants are located all over the city, but many can be found on either side of the moat's eastern flank (in the Thapae Gate area), with some excellent live music venues along the Ping River near Nawarat Bridge, along Immanent road in the western part of the city or in the vicinity of the night bazaar. At the Galare Centre, there is a free display of Thai cultural dancing and music. There is also a cluster of bars, American franchise fast food and coffee outlets together with more eclectic restaurants near the intersection of Chang Klan and Loi Kroh Road. Karaoke lounges (which are undoubtedly a national and indeed Asian obsession) can be found all over the city. Many are found at Chiang Mai Land Road, and some very large establishments along the length of Chang Klan Road, extending south from the famed night bazaar. There are only a couple of go-go bars in Chiang Mai.
There really is something for everyone at the Night Bazaar ! MOST ANY THING YOU MIGHT WANT ..YOU REALLY NEED TO HUNT! The night market is located right in the centre of the city near the Ping River on Chang Klan Road between Tha Pae Road and Si Donchai Road, if you are staying in the city, it will be within walking distance, if not just grab a Songthaew (red pick-up), or a TukTuk. It opens from 6pm to midnight every night of the year
( IT'S A FUN TIME ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!

Chiang Mai was once the capital og Lanna, an independent Thai kingdom, and has preserved it's cultural heritage, with its treasures of architecture and art.

Within the city's perimeter, marked by a moat and fortified gates are many wonderful ancient Buddhist temples and other monuments. Very close by we visit the very beautiful Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, a temple which sits on a mountain peak, and Phuping Palace the summer residence of the Royal family.

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Wat Pratat Doi Suthep..

Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The temple is often referred to as Doi Suthep although this is actually the name of the mountain it is located on. The temple is located prox 30 miles from the city of Chiang Mai and is a sacred site to many Thai people. From the temple impressive views of Chiang Mai can be seen and it remains a popular destination ...

This morning we climb up this very long winding path to wat prat that is high on the top of Doi Suthep. The temple is completely surrounded by very large bells. We are told, If you ring everyone of them you are guaranteed Great Luck!

This evening we go, to the Famous Night Bazaar where you can really shop till you drop. You can buy wonderful hillside tribe jewerly, clothing, antiques, cd's,furniture, ect.! You name it's there. Not to be missed!! This is definitely the very best place to buy. And let us not forget the wonderful resturants, Indian, Thai, anything you can imagine.


...Pretty House Along the River.....
In Bankok Board a Long Tail Boad for a lovely boat ride on the Chao Phrya ..Which is the River of the Kings..The people anc children will wave hello..Maybe See the Royal Barge Museum Some of the Boats are well over 200 years old.From The Chakri Dynasty..


...Ha! We Are Taking Photos of Each Other!...


...Wat Arun From the River...


...Kids Along The Chao Phrya River Every Day Life...

... We Are On the River to See the Beautiful Wat Arun and the Temple of Dawn... Thailand is just magical!


...Wat Arun Another View...

...More Life on the River...

You Can board these boats at the Oriental Hotel Dock Which Famous all Over the World Very Expensive..But Wonderful Have Lunch...!! Or Just Peek Around...

And now! Over to the Grand Palace...Remember to wear socks As you mush leave your shoes ..Ha! And hope you get yours back!


...Cute Little Girl From The Padung Tribe N. Thailand...
..IF YOUR PLANNING A TRIP TO THAILAND..

You Must! Eat Thai food...It's Hot and Wonderful! And is Made By Using the WOk! Be prepared to Gain Weight! ha... However, There are Many places you can order not hot! They will know what you Mean... Never, Drink Anything But Bottled Water...( Thai Folks use a Fork in the Left Hand And push the food onto the spoon in your right hand ..It is easy to get use to...

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...Wonderful Reclining Budda...

In any country for that matter! I just just try to at least learn a tiny bit of the language..such as..

"Sawatdee Khrab!" That is how you say hello in Thai. If you are a girl you will say "Sawatdee Kaa". When you are on holiday in Thailand, you will find many young people who speak English. Most places you go to you won't have a problem. However, they so like it a lot when thai folks meet us foreigners who have tried to learn some of the Thai phrases.

Most web sites and phrase books just write down the Thai words using Roman letters for you to try and read. That is a waste of time because Thai is a tonal language. You need to listen to native speakers.
.. From my experience this is so much appreciated !the lovely Thai folks will giggle and be so surprized!.. Food And Humanity is Everywhere..And Impossible to take it all in...! Just not enought time..in a day

If you wish to have clothing made which is wonderful quality..Sukhumvit Road In Bankok is a super place to look.. (Ask Thai words..Thao Rai...Which means How much is this item...

Forgive Me I am jumping around a bit..As I am writing from notes and memory I Tend To Get a Bit Mixed up...Sorta ..Please Be Patient with me As I go.. Much To Tell And Show..

If you wish to see the authentic Padung Long Neck Women..See the videos on the photo travel main page..

..!! TAJICAT'S JOURNEY TO THAILAND CONT!!..

....THAILAND BOILING OVER....This is from a Friend of a Friend! in Thailand....
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