Sawatdee Ka! – Chiang Rai

26 Dec 2012, Wednesday 

Overview:

We booked day tour (THB1000/pax) to visit the White Temple, Black House, hill tribe village, Golden Triangle, Opium Museum, Jade factory and market at Mae Sai.

To our surprise, our tour guide, Guang Hui is a Malaysian! For this, we received special treatment 🙂 We were BAS (below-average-speed) again! We reached Baan Bua around 7pm, instead of 5pm. We missed the Fish and Monkey cave for being BAS.

baan bua homestay

Open air would be nice if it wasn’t winter in Chiang Rai… it was freezing cold taking shower early in the morning and after the night fell because the heat couldn’t be contained.

baan bua homestay breakfast menu

Breakfast menu at Ban Bua: I missed this traditional northern breakfast, did not know I have to place order the night before.

Baan Bua Homestay, recommending this place!

baan bua homestay breakfast

Breakfast at Baan Bua: Yummy!

teapot and teacup

Me: Why didn’t they give me a cup as well? How am I supposed to drink my tea?

Sue: The cup is beneath the teapot… Aduh… -________-

Me: Oppss…

chiang rai roundabout

Chiang Rai town: Elaborate roundabout!

chiang rai sperm bar

Sperm bar! This website stated that the popular clubs/pubs in Chiang Rai are with kinky names :p

chiang rai par club

Par Club, the largest club in Chiang Rai! Guang Hui said the entrance charge is RM110/pax and he comes every night.

Us: you must be very rich!

chiang rai white temple

White Temple: White dragon, black tongue! :p white=not good for maintenance!

chiang rai white temple

:p

chiang rai white temple

White Temple: Elaborate toilet

chiang rai white temple

Wholeness of design: even the cone is very well integrated with the surrounding!

chiang rai white temple

It reads Chakermchai Kositpipat, but I thought it’s a hospital… Something is wrong with me… Bought some prints here 🙂

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Happy Hippo!

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Black House: Why is it said that penis can ward off evil forces?

chiang rai hill tribe village

Hill tribe village: A mathematical brainteaser:-

Sue donated THB100 in total, on behalf of both of us.

I then donated THB40 in total.

Q: How much do I still owe Sue?

Sue: (100+40)/2=70. 70-40=30

Me: Why is it not 10? I owe you 50, 50-40=10!

Conclusion: Maybe it’s not a good idea that I remain working as an engineer???

chiang rai hill tribe village

Hill tribe village: The very amiable headman treated us tamarind. This city girl first time tasting and seeing raw tamarind!

chiang rai hill tribe village

Hill tribe village: Aw…. A sight of cuteness!

chiang rai hill tribe village

Hill tribe village: Cat! I like!

chiang rai hill tribe village

I had mix feelings visiting the village…

I kept seeking assurance from Guang Hui: by visiting this village, I am actually helping the hill tribes, right?

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Golden Iyara Resort=where we had late lunch.

Me: 我很饿了!我要吃3碗饭!

Guang Hui: 你能吗???

Sue: 请不要怀疑她的能力!她真的可以的!

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I requested for more vegetables and the staff granted my wish! 🙂 In the background = normal portion.

chiang sean golden triangle

Golden Triangle: I kept telling Sue, I was posing the starting movement of Po-Eun (one of the patterns for black belt 1st dan of TaekwonDo, ITF), she’s clearly not interested in knowing. Boo…

chiang sean golden triangle

At Wat Phra That Phukao, Golden Triangle:

Me: What is this creature?

Sue: Naga.

Me: So, it’s dragon!

Sue: No, it’s naga.

Me: But in classic Malay, Naga is dragon…

Sue: No, it’s naga.

opium museum golden triangle

Topped up a lot of knowledge here!

chiang sean golden triangle

Tea-tasting session at Golden Triangle.

Us: 老板娘,有哪一种茶喝了会美的吗?

Lady boss: Err…

heading to mae sai

We were heading to Mae Sai, so go straight or turn right?

mae sai market

At Mae Sai market: A dog with identity crisis: I’m a tiger!

Sue got terrified, by both identities… -___-

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I like friendly doggie!

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Malaysian, taking care of Malaysian!

heading back to chiang rai

Let’s call it a day!

Day 1: Bangkok | Day 2: Chiang Mai 1 | Day 3: Chiang Mai 2 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (a), (b) | Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s

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