Easy walking and alot of talking part 21
The next day we visited a couple villages that had were interesting as alot of people were busy working so we could witness how hard they were working getting their jobs done. There was a couple guys making boards from raw trees by hand with a big blade. Another guy had just returned from the forest catching songbirds that he would transport to Chiang Mai to sell in the market. Some of the women were doing some of the cross stitch work. There were people working in the fields. We stopped and talked (through our guide) with a few of the people. They were real nice and all took a few moments to chat with us and explain what they were doing. The guy in the picture would use a set of sticks with very sticky tree sap spread out on the surface and in the middle he would attach a female bird with a small string. And then the whole thing would be attached to a very long bamboo pole and he would take it to the forest where the female bird would attract boyfriends but when they landed on the sticky wood they would be stuck and then he would keep doing the process all over again until he had enough birds to sell. Quite ingenous! I thought.
Tiger Kingdom is where you can go inside an enclosure and interact with a Tiger.
You can choose which size Tiger, and if you need a professional photographer to take photos for you, you just pay extra 200 baht each program for a CD (50-100pictures)
I chose the Big Tiger, and entered an enclosure with just my camera and handler.
There were 3 big Tigers in this enclosure.
I enjoyed it, until one Tiger kept on wanting to get to my Tiger. He did not look happy, had his ears laid back.
The three handlers kept on tapping it on the nose to try and make him go away, but he didn't. All they have is a baton.
They moved me to another Tiger, where a couple had just finished their time limit.
I was just getting ready for a photo with this Tiger, when the same Tiger, came and jumped on a log right above me, and was looking down on me.
I did not feel comfortable at all. The whole three handlers came and tried to move it.
I wanted out, did not get my full time, It was my decision.
Before leaving the complex, one of the Tigers was thrown a bone, and everybody was moved out, and nobody was in there, at least until I left the complex, which would have been in another 20mins.
My guess, was that it was getting near feed time and they were restless.
There is a Restaurant which is open daily from 09.00 am until 09.00 pm serving international food and Thai food.
The Buffet lunch starts from 11.30am - 2.30 pm daily (200 baht / person).
If you want, you can have lunch and watch the Tigers, THERE IS NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR THIS.
LION CUBS.............. 520 baht (15 minutes)
SMALL TIGERS...........(2-5 Months old) 520 baht (15 minutes )
MEDIUM TIGERS...... (6-8 Months old) 320 baht (15 minutes)
BIG TIGERS........................................ 320 baht (15 minutes)
Mae-rim, Chiang-Mai. THAILAND
TEL. (66)+053-299363 , (66)+053-860704
It's the usual way to get around unless you're walking or taking a jumbo. The usual fare within the city seems to be 5o baht, so beware of tuk tuk drivers that will ask you for more. Anyway if you can find an alternative mean of transport, pls do so without hesitating. In three days drivers got me lost twice, had 2 near-misses and 1 crash. i would not say they're the safest way to get around
Enjoy a traditional Khantoke Dinner, Part II
Dimensions of the pedestal tray, Khantoke are low, round tables with several legs connected to the top tray that has a round base. Khantoke (or it is sometimes called toke) was originally made with a big solid piece of teakwood. Lathing and carving techniques are employed. After lathing, carving, and polishing, coating with natural polymers was then applied. Bamboo and rattan can be also used instead of teakwood.
Therefore, khantoke lacquerware, which has bamboo as a base, is also popular. Kian is a northern Thai word (similar to central Thai for word of gluing) that means lathe. Therefore, Baan Chang Kian or Wat Chang Kian used to be the community that was the residence of lathe craftsmen (chang) in the old days.
The wonderful thing about a traditional Lanna Khantoke dinner is the combination of classical Thai dance and music with excellent food. To describe Thai Classical Dance, in words, can never do justice to the art form. To view a performance, especially if many dancers are involved, reminds me of a field of sunflowers, or wheat, swaying in unison at the whim of an evening breeze. Or perhaps the soaring of seabirds as they ride the thermals, at one with the wind. Thai Dancing is a pageant of poetry in motion.
Stemming from the Royal Courts of Old Siam (not necessarily within the geographic boundaries of present-day Thailand), the influence of which extended as far East as the Khmer capital of Angkor, Classical Dancers entertained and soothed their local royalty as well as performing before visiting royals and nobility.
When you arrive for your Kantoke dinner, you will have to remove your shoes before entering into the spacious hall built of teak where decoration is from original materials and motifs only. Your hostess in traditional attire will guide you smilingly to your place, comfortably seated on cushions on the carpeted floor or at nearby tables if you prefer. Within moments, the attentive staff will bring your drinks and Khantoke. The Khantoke is the circular wooden tray set on pedestal that serves as a table. It will carry one of the most delicious meals you have ever eaten.
Using the fingers of the right hand, a small portion of sticky rice that is served in little woven bamboo baskets is kneaded into a bite-sized ball (it takes a little practice!) and the ball is dipped into the desired main dish (a portion can be melded onto the rice ball) before being popped into the mouth. The fingers shouldn't really enter one's mouth (the food shouldn't be crammed) as the movements are politely delicate. A rinse of the fingers and the process is repeated again and again. Thais from the humblest to the highest continue to dine in this traditional manner when the cultural or home occasion arises, and they are adept at making it look easy and gracious.
Start with the fried pumpkin as hors d'oeuvres and then alternate as you like between the mildly spicy red chili, tomato and minced pork dip, the succulent fried chicken, and a mouth-watering Burmese pork curry that is so gentle, so soft that you will gladly accept a second helping.
The chili dip is called Nam Prik Awng and is teased from its bowl with pieces of deep-fried crispy pork skin or freshly sliced cucumber, whichever you prefer. The chicken and Hangleh, as the pork curry is called, go well with the stir-fried cabbage and either the sticky or plain cooked rice. The Khantoke also contains a bowl of crispy fried noodles to complement the rice. Dessert, served separately, consists of fried rice crispies and, if you dare to break the spell of tradition, either coffee or tea.
Riding on an elephant is not as comfortable as it may seem. When you go up or down any steep slopes you will need to hold on for dear life! It is nice to go through the jungle being slowly rocked by the elephant.