Visitors from US

Sawasdee Khrap

Just finishing up the week with visiting friends from the US, John & Roy.   Here is a shot of them at the tour for the Queen’s Bhubing Palace. 


So far here are some other places we have seen , 

Doi Suthep Temple,

Bhubing Palace (summer residence of the Queen),

Maeo (Hmong) Tribal Village, 

Mae Ya Waterfall (Doi Inthanon Nat Park – we didn’t get to the top of the mountain),

BaantaWai (wood handicraft village),  [so far I can’t find a non-commercial link to here]

Simon’s Cabaret (famous LadyBoy Show),

Palaad Tawanron Restaurant (great restaurant below waterfall for dinner), 

Oriental Mandarin Dara Dhevi for Chinese lunch (5 star – beautiful )

Just to name a few and today we will go to Lampang and take a horse carriage ride through the old walled city.  Maybe visit the Lignite Mine and surrounding area.

We are taking pictures and video and hope to have them ready after the visit – but you can go to the links above  and get a good idea how beautiful these places are.

Plan your Thai vacation here and I know you will be fascinated with the beauty and friendliness of the Thai people – especially in Chiang Mai ——— Join Us.

Sorry – Gotta go



LadyBoy Contest – Night Bazaar

I almost forgot – here are some shots from the “LadyBoy” Contest held last Saturday night near the Friendship Bar in the Night Bazaar. Nui’s place — I didn’t stay to see who won , it was very late and I find I cannot stay up like I used to and function the next day. It’s hard to believe these are boys – or were boys in the beginning. Ladyboys are very accepted in Thailand and there is no discrimination – you see them working everywhere, some, like the girls here, are very, very beautiful while others just honor their female side. Several of the contestants were from Simon’s. Anyway

LadyBoys1 LadyBoys3LadyBoys2 Sorry for the placement of these shots – the blogging software put them this way.


Doi Inthanon Nat. Park

DoiInthanonKingPagodaSM8670 feet high (2650 km) is the King’s Pagoda at Doi Inthanon mountain and National park. What a sight, we got there in the afternoon just before the clouds engulfed the mountain – you can see the foggy clouds moving in. Not many tourist – actually just 6 there today including us, but a lot of tribal workers planting new flowers and park rangers working on the facilities. It was 35 C (95F) degrees in Chiang Mai and here it was 18 (64F) degrees C. quite a difference but not as cold a SF. Very comfortable for me but cold for Tasanai and all the workers were in jackets and extra clothing – Before you get to the top of the mountain there are 2 major waterfalls – Maeya and Wachirathan Falls —– I didn’t have the wide angle lens with me so these shots don’t rally show the size – but they are both big and beautiful – there are really spectacular during the rainy season, but I don’t think you can get very close at that time —– If you come to visit we will make sure a side trip to the park is in your itinerary.

MaeyaFallsSM WachirathanFallsSMand Wachirathan

I’ll try to add more pictures in the Gallery – I hope to have it set up before the first of the year – but I am working on the AsianCoOp Shopping Cart store software first and this seems like a major project – cutting into my travels.

Ciao Frank

Lek’s Elephant Park – Chiang Mai

Here’s a great article on Lek’s Elephant Park from the Chiang Mai Mail.


In my other blog I mentioned Lek’s park –  here is a pic from the article – please check out the article and when in Chaing Mai be sure and stop by.  Great experience – wonderful for the kids as well. – really feed the elephants, give them a river bath – work at the park if you desire.


I’ll post some of my pictures in another post soon – but this article caught my eye.