The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

Orchid Farm at Mae Rim

Nick and Barb at the Orchid Farm

Orchids (1)

Tim

Orchids (2)

Meo

Orchids (3)

Butterfly at Orchid Farm (1)

Butterfly at Orchid Farm (2)

Orchids (4)

Tim, Nick and Meo

Orchids (5)

Meo, Barb and Tim

Orchids (6)

A local bus between Mae Rim and Chiang Dao

Welcome to The Elephant Training Centre

....the welcoming committee....

Elephant Training Centre at Chiang Dao

Would you like the bananas or the bamboo?

How about if I have both?

The Elephant Show (1) - Alright...everybody get in position!

The Elephant Show (2) - Here we go again!

The Elephant Show (3) - Why did you let go?

The Elephant Show (4) - You want me to do what?

The Elephant Show (5) - Working together

The Elephant Show (6) - Where do you want this?

The Elephant Show (7) - You're breaking my back...

The Elephant Show (8) - Easy does it!

The Elephant Show (9) - Artist at Work

The Elephant Show (10) - The Finished Piece - Self-Portrait

Barb feeding baby and his mom

....Mom....

....and baby....

Spirit House at Elephant Training Centre (1)

Spirit House at Elephant Training Centre (2)

Meo and Nick

Rafting down the Mae Nam Ping River

Tim and Meo

Making a new bamboo raft

....sticky rice in bamboo stand....

....resting after making bamboo sticky rice....

....Nick and Meo enjoying sticky rice....

....finger lickin' good....

....if you don't want sticky rice, how about some mushrooms....

....arriving at the Palong Hilltribe village....

....fanning the chaff from the rice....

....collecting the fanned rice....

....bracelets and change purses - only a few baht....

....weaving cloth for scarves and clothing....

....pigs "not in a blanket"....

...a young weaver practicing her craft....

....and mom selling their wares....

....and grandma still showing them how its done....

....a new mom and her two-day old child....

....around the village streets....

....Meo and some village children....

....from....

........the....

............rice....

................paddy....

....to drying the rice....

....to the mill....

....thru the milling machine....

....and into the bag....

....having a smoke at the Yao village....

....chili peppers drying in the hot sun....

....trumpet flowers "blowing" in the wind....

....jack fruit high in the tree....

....a Yao village elder working on her stitching....

....Yao village huts....


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......



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