October 12th 2015 (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Myanmar and Laos (kind of))

The curious incident of the cockroach in the night
The curious incident of the cockroach in the night

 

The neighbours' bitter gourd - I may need to take a midnight walk with scissors!
The neighbours’ bitter gourd – I may need to take a midnight walk with scissors!

 

The Mynah bird we pass every evening - one day he will say 'hello'!
The Mynah bird we pass every evening – one day he will say ‘hello’!

 

The Chiang Rai luxury bus goodies!
The Chiang Rai luxury bus goodies!

 

A cold and wet night in Chiang Rai - I did not bring appropriate clothing. Brrrr - boo!
A cold and wet night in Chiang Rai – I did not bring appropriate clothing. Brrrr – boo!

 

Subtle evening light outside our room
Subtle evening light outside our room

 

Much cuteness and surprisingly friendly for a Thai cat :)
Much cuteness and surprisingly friendly for a Thai cat πŸ™‚

 

Strangely, written in English - makes you question the target audience!
Strangely, written in English – makes you question the target audience!

 

Overtaken by the pigs
Overtaken by the pigs

 

Early morning view!
Early morning view from the room!

 

The view from the room in the other direction
The view from the room in the other direction

 

Excuse the poor rushed photo - time differences at the Thai/Myanmar border
Excuse the poor rushed photo. The time difference at the Thai/Myanmar border. Look closely – 10 minutes!!!

 

The village tour
The village tour

 

The family car!
The family car!

 

The spices here have a more Indian influence than Thai
The spices here have a more Indian influence than Thai

 

And consequently so does the food
And consequently so does the food

 

Just chillin'!
Just chillin’!

 

Anchovy paste on the left and shrimp paste on the right - stinky!
Anchovy paste on the left and shrimp paste on the right – stinky!

 

Sandalwood and milling stones - the powder is mixed with water and used on the face by the burmese ladies
Sandalwood and milling stones – the powder is mixed with water and used on the face by the burmese ladies

 

Shoes of many colours
Shoes of many colours

 

Market life
Market life

 

Market life
Market life

 

Market life
Market life

 

Market life
Market life

 

Feeding the pigeons at the temple
Feeding the pigeons at the temple

 

Dodging the pigeons for obvious reasons!
Dodging the pigeons for obvious reasons!

 

Making their blessing at Phra Jow La Keng temple
Making their blessing at Phra Jow La Keng temple

 

Junk yard Tom!
Junk yard Tom!

 

A little Shan girl trying to make a quick sale - who can resist?
A little Shan girl trying to make a quick sale – who can resist?

 

A typical Shan village in Tachilek - the Chan people make up about 1/6 of the Burmese population
A typical Shan village in Tachilek – the Chan people make up about 1/6 of the Burmese population

 

Pathat Sueli Lacon Chedi in Tachilek
Pathat Sueli Lacon Chedi in Tachilek

 

Paying my respects to the 'Wednesday Day' Buddha (the day and time of the week I was born)
Paying my respects to the ‘Wednesday Day’ Buddha (the day and time of the week I was born)

 

Even at the temples the locals try to sell you stuff
Even at the temples the locals try to sell you stuff

 

The view over Tachilek (Myanmar aka Burma) from the chedi
The view over Tachilek (Myanmar aka Burma) from the chedi

 

This fun sign caught my eye :)
This fun sign caught my eye πŸ™‚

 

The huge leaves of the teak tree
The huge leaves of the teak tree

 

Floating homes on the Mekong
Floating homes on the Mekong

 

Whizzing along in a long boat on the Mekong
Whizzing along in a long boat on the Mekong

 

Bath time for the Local Laos women
Bath time for the Local Laos women

 

Snake whiskey in Laos
Snake whiskey in Laos

 

Seen!
Seen!

 

Leaving Laos after a very brief visit to the market
Leaving Laos after a very brief visit to the market

 

The Golden Triangle - Thai side
The Golden Triangle – Thai side

 

Dining in style
Dining in style

 

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