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Rai | Chaing Mai | Krabi
Chiang Rai area
December 13, 2000 - 21:35 am
Our adventure began at SeaTac International Airport in Seattle,
WA. About 20 hours later we arrived in Krung Thep (a.k.a. Bangkok)
at 11:30 pm on December 14. As we were walking out of customs
I turned to Patti and asked her if she had ever arrived in Thailand
with out our good friend Jee meeting her. She hadn't. Just a few
minutes later we were surprised by Jee as we were checking into
the the Amari Airport Hotel. What a friend! Meeting us unexpectantly
at nearly midnight! ... We flew out the next morning for Chiang
We checked into the Golden Triangle Inn not too far from the Chiang
Rai "Night Market." A comfortable, attractive, and quiet
room in a garden like setting.
we bought near Chiang Mai.
back roads on the Honda.
First glimpse of the elephant village.
day we were cruising along out in the country side and both simultaneously
yelled "elephants." We were surprised to see a small village
on the other side of the river that had 13 elephants that we could
see from our vantage point. We took a few photographs and continued
on since there was no way across the river.
elephants at Ban Ruammit.
next day we got up and found a bridge across the river and followed
a small road that paralleled the river until we found the village.
What a fun discovery. We both fed the elephants sugar cane and bananas
and then started walking around the village. There were a few little
shops that catered to the tourists and offered souvenirs. As we
passed this one shop the lady said., "Please come into my my
shop I have something special."
thought yeah, right ... that's what they all say. Then I looked
and she was pulling back a blanket over a cage and as I look closer
... Holy cow that's biggest snake I've ever seen in my whole life!
said would you like to have your picture taken with the snake
and before the words were out of her mouth I was lifting back
the cover of the cage and grabbing the middle portion of this
cutie. It took 4 of us to lift him out of his cage. They told
me he was 5 1/2 meters (16 1/2 foot) long and 60 kilos (132 pound)
I think they must have weighed this guy a long time ago he felt
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