Family Holiday in Thailand
I recently returned from a family holiday in Thailand where I was also able to visit my family. It was great to see my son playing with his cousins who he hasn’t seen for a year. My brother took us to a new tourism location called Mae Wang it is a small place outside Chiang Mai (the largest city in Northern Thailand). At Mae Wang you can ride on elephants and float on bamboo rafts. We arrived in the afternoon and sat by the river and watched the water flowing down from the mountains. There were many people floating down the river on bamboo rafts which we would also do later.
In the mean time local people brought a little elephant to have a bath in the river just in the front of us. It was an unbelievable feeling watching the little elephant rolling himself around in the water. He must have been pleased as the weather was very hot so he was able to cool down. Afterwards they bought more and more elephants to have a bath before taking them back to there resting area.
Left – My son watches the elephant enter the river for his bath!
Centre – Bath time for the elephant
Right – Nice and clean elephant (In Thai called Chang) The same name as the beer we sell.
Below – Bath time for the others
Later in the afternoon we decided to go ahead and do the the rafting. The rafts were made from lengths of bamboo tightly roped together. The hollow bamboo giving it good buoyancy. My little son was very curious, he kept asking about everything and he learnt so much from that day. It was great fun and a fantastic experience. We would like to go back to this place again next year.
Locals getting from A to B
Me with my son, niece and a friend I studied at college with in Chiang Rai!
From Mae Wang it is only a 15 minute drive to an incredible place. This place was found recently by a local government team, it is called Pha Chor
. This amazing place happened by nature. 30 meters high sandstone “pillars” are dotted around. It is thought the Ping river which passes through Chiang Mai created it before taking on a different route!
After a long day of traveling we returned to the city and went to local restaurant.
There was a nice place and lovely local food serving till 10pm.
We had ordered Laab Moo, and Som Tum Taad to start. Omg this was incredible too. Som Tum Taad is a
normal spicy papaya salad but it’s the way they serve it which is very interesting, there are lots of side’s
they were prawns, squid, mussle, boiled egg, crispy fish, noodle, vegetable, sausage.
It was big potion which was big enough for us tree to share. We will be back to this place too.
Laab Moo which is the most popular dish in North East of Thailand! Minced pork with fresh young
mango in spicy salad, fresh mint and Thai herbs. Som Tum which is Papaya salad served with
fresh green papaya and carrot dressed with garlic, tamarind syrup, chillies and fish sauce tossed
in crushed peanuts, lemon juice. Both can be ordered at Sabai to eat in or take away. View menu!
My son’s favoured mode of transport around Chiang Mai!
Now we can’t wait for next year!