|This morning along with Meo and Tim we hired a car to take us Chiang Rai and then on to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos meet. While enroute we stopped in Mae Rim to visit an Orchid Farm, then at the village of Chiang Dao and the Elephant Training Centre located there. The mahouts showed how the elephants moved the teak timbers that were used in the construction of buildings in the old days before teak became an endangered tree species due to overlogging. We took an opportunity to feed a baby elephant and his mother......Barb gave the baby elephant some bananas and what he couldn't put in his mouth, he stepped on with his foot to keep them away from his mom....what a greedy gus!!! We continued on our way and stopped at a roadside stand to sample some sticky rice prepared in a traditional manner......bamboo was filled with rice and then it was roasted over an open fire. The charred bamboo was peeled away after roasting and you ate the rice by pulling chunks of the sticky rice out of the remaining bamboo....sweet and delicious....our next stop was a Palong village....a sub-group of the Karen Hilltribe people, where we wandered about the villagers in their colourful outfits, observing their way of life.....a woman fanning the chaff from rice, others weaving cloth and selling their wares, pigs resting in the dirt under the huts, a mother holding her two-day old child, kids at play.......we carried on our way stopping in the town of Fang where we had lunch (minced pork ball soup and dim sum) then a brief stop at a rice processing plant.....from the rice paddies to the bag. As we continued on our way we passed thru Ban Tha Ton, an area where there were numerous orange groves and stopped at a Yao village where we once again walked amongst the village people.......we finally arrived in Chiang Rai and after checking into the Teak Garden Hotel we went out for dinner to a restaurant called Bhu Thai BBQ Restaurant and then for a walk thru the Chiang Rai night market before calling it a night......