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Steps to Doi Suthep..

At the top of this mountain on Doi Suthep, you will find all of Chaing Mai at your feet. Doi Suthep can be reached by road from Chiang Mai. From the car park, at the temple base visitors can climb 309 steps to reach the pagodas or there is a tram Once inside the temple grounds; visitors must take off their shoes. Visitors must be appropriately dressed. The original copper plated chedi is the most holy area of the temple grounds. Within the site are pagodas, statues, bells and shrines. Aspects of the Wat draw from both Buddhism and Hinduism. There is a model of the Emerald Buddha and a statue of the Hindu God Ganesh. Views of Chiang Mai can be seen on the other side of the temple.

In Chaing Mai you follow the path of the monks.. to What Pra..up on Doi Suthep The temple is sourrounded by many bells ...You must ring each and every one which gives you good luck and happiness.. Chaing Mai is one of the worlds largest centers of cottage industries. Craftsman, using their skills that were passed down to them from generations to generations, and still continue to make wonderful wares of silver, celadon pottery, silk, wood carvings. and many more!! This is truly a shoppers paradise. Here there are entire villages devoted to their crafts.

Chaing Mai Night Bazzar is for sure the very best!! place to buy stuff there is everything from Silver, Artwork , Clothing, Antiques...Just to much to mention...I myself bought wonderful Wide Silver Hill tribe Bracelet Cuffs, And Drums...Lot's of neat stuff..! So Make it a point to see it...All kinds of food as well!


MYSELF & MY NEW BUDDY...

We found the attractions so rich with history. The natural beauty of Chaing Mai's location sits on the banks of the Ping River.situated in a lush valley touched by the forested hills, we talk of later where many of the Hill Tribes Live. The valley of the Ping River is a plain of patchworks of rice paddies and many villages,and little towns.

You can withing a day or so reach many spots of beauty. Among these are, The Mae Klang Waterfall and the MaiSai area a place of georgous natural beauty!

Mahout & Elephant..

The north is teak country where you can still see the elephants work in the forrest. We visited the training camps where these wonderful animals are taught their skills.


Elephant Training Camp..

Our next stop is Chaing Rai the drive was simply wonderful.... To the north, just a short hop by plane or as we chose to do by car was a 3hr. ride by car lies. Chaing Rai and the "Golden Triangle', that spellbinding spot where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet. With excellant hotel accommodations, Chaing Rai is a very good base for exploring the far north. The town itself has many interesting temples to see.

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My Trusty Guide Yak! Finally Got Me To Eat His Favorite Breakfast!! Yep...FRIED EGGS & ANT EGG'S You Heard It Right!... .
I still feel itchy! ha!.. Wasn't As Bad As I Thought!


...WORKING IN THE FIELDS...

On the banks of the mighty Makong River is the charming little town of Chaing Saen , where ancient ruins indicate an importance long before Chaing Mai was founded. North is Mae Sai, Thailand's northen most town, which was one of my favorite places. It is here where the bridge crosses over to Burma. I do beleive is it possible at this time to get permission to cross.


... This Is One Of The Wonderful Places We Stayed in Mae Sai...

Between Mae Sai and Chaing Rai are some of the most stunning jungle covered mountains, their slopes dotted with hilltribe villages that interested me the most.


... Picking Garlic ... Hmong Tribe ...Time To Eat again Yummy! Thai Pancakes ...

Chaing Mai is so rewarding in it's lovely attractions...To the North is just a short hop by either plane or around three hours by road..Is Chaing Rai and the "GOLDEN TRIANGLE", Must See..this is the amazing spot where the Borders of Thailand , Burma and Laos, Meet...

... An Akha Girl On The Swing That Is Intergral to This Hilltribe's ceremonies...
You will find good accomodations, Chaing Rai is a good center for exploring the far North..the most facinating sights.. on the banks of the Makong River is the charming town of Chiang Saen, where the ancient ruins indicate and importance long before Chaing Mai was founded..
North is Mae Sai..Thailands northernmost town..and between here and Chaing Rai are beautiful jungle covered mountains where you will find the slopes dotted with hilltribe villages...

Another wonderful side trip is Mae Hong Son hidden deep in a valley ..It's truly a setting fit for Shangri-la.. Son is aprox. a 40 minute flight from Chaing Mai but if you have the time make the journey by road which is the most spectular North's best Hill Country! won't be dissapointed for sure!


....THE LISU TRIBE THAILAND...

The most colorful of all the Thai hill tribes in Thailand has to be the Lisu hill tribe, whose women wear brightly colored blue or green colored striped tunics, split up the sides to the waist, a wide black belt and blue or green pants. Less is known about the Lisu hill tribe than the other hill tribes in Thailand, but the Lisu people believe they are the origin of all the hill tribes. The legend goes that a Great Flood killed everyone except a Lisu boy and his sister. Since incest was taboo, they had to undergo a series of tests to prove that they could marry, the tests, of course, proved they should marry. The many children that came from this Lisu marriage went on to produce all the other hill tribes in South East Asia. In reality, the Lisu Hilltribe also has its origins in Tibet, migrating from there to Southern China and then to Burma to escape the Chinese wars. The people of the Lisu hill tribe most likely migrated into Thailand from Burma sometime in the late 1800s. The Lisu hill tribe people live at moderate to high altitudes between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son, but also in western Chiang Rai and Phayao provinces of the Golden Triangle area in Thailand. Their villages consist out of 30 a 100 houses, built using easy techniques, directly on the ground as opposed to the other Thai Hill Tribes which build their houses on stilts. The houses of the Lisu hill tribes have dirt floors and bamboo walls around a central ridge. Within the house there are normally at least four rooms, for the parents, daughters, sons and eventual guests. Every Lisu home has an ancestral alter, the "Da Bia" at the back of the living area, honoring their Lisu ancestors. Each Lisu village has a village leader, a spiritual leader (Mor Muu Pah), a spirit doctor (Nee Pah) and a council of village elders. This group plays a key role in managing the Lisu village and resolving disputes. Until recently, Lisu hill tribes were heavily involved in the opium trade, and were reputed as to produce the best quality opium available in Thailand. In Thailand opium and heroin addiction along the Lisu hill tribe people is declining, and the Lisu are responding well to alternative cash crop production scheme of the Thai government. But the attraction to the wealth from opium cultivation is still very strong along the members of the Lisu hill tribes in Thailand. Lisu hill tribe people are known as excellent silversmiths and make silver jewelry for the Akha and Lahu hill tribes in Thailand. Courtship and marriage in-between Lisu hill tribe members is highly organized, involving a very high "Bride Price". Marriage should only be between members of the twelve different Lisu clans. The religion of the Lisu is a combination of ancestor worship and animism. The Lisu hill tribe people believe strongly in the spirit world, and their shamans are used to divine the causes and cures of all problems and sicknesses. The Lisu are a very handsome people, perhaps the best-looking of all the hill tribes, and they like to think of themselves as being above their other Hill tribe neighbors. Consequently, they are among the least reserved of the hill tribes in Thailand.


..How Did My Simba..get on dat Elephant! Ha...just for fun!...

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