03.03.2015 - 06.03.2015 38 °C
We are now in Chiang Dao in the mountains 1 hours drive from Chiang Mai. We are staying at Malees bungalows and they have a kid! He is 12 years old and his name is Peter we play all day (unless I'm doing my shcool work). On our first day here me and my dad went on a fun bike ride with Peter and his dad on our way back we stopped at a cute little coffee shop. I ordered a one scooop ice cream but ended up getting 3 scoops and it was before 10 in the morning.
Peter was also a good guide he took us on a jungle hike we had huge sticks for poking snakes but we didnt find any.
The next day we were walking down to the celebration at the temple for dinner we went on the trampoline. The next day we were walking back from the celebration holding four little toys that our dad won for us in the shooting game. Today we went on a half day tour we saw the cultures of 6 different hill tribes. My mom liked how they were weaving scarves out of cotton. Me and Neve discovered a fruit that was so sour that it even made me pucker. We called it a lemon-tomato. There were also so many chickens and pigs and ducks and even a monkey on a leash!
We escaped the city to the mountains for some nature and to be able to sleep! Its so hot, reaching 37 degrees during the day. The image of Thailand I imagined doesn't exist at this time of year, its brown and dry in the forest and in the rice fields. The view of the mountains is completely obsccured by smoke from nearby forest fires. These are deliberately set to make clearing and planting easier. But Chiang Doa has been really nice in other ways, Malee's bungalows feel very welcoming and home-y, the temples nearby aren't over-the-top ritzy like we've seen everywhere else but seem more holy and certainly more thought provoking. The monastery has 600 steps leading to the summit with motivational sayings on signs all the way up. The temple James mentioned is actually inside a deep and convoluted cave. We had to hire a guide to lead us through the small openings and twists and turns of the cave to get to the main shrine. This temple is the one holding the festival, it is fundraising party whereby people from the region make money trees and parade them into the temple to help fund a new project. The festival has been running for four days with games, food stalls, souvenir stores, live music and dancing and even a Thai boxing ring. In Chiang Mai all these activities would have been charged for separately and not have been anywhere near as authentic. Good times, even the monks were getting into the shooting games!
here are some snapshots of the area: