Hot springs, Caves, Tigers and Silk OH MY!!

Trip Start Oct 01, 2004
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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chiang Mai is a relatively small city with lots to see. We had a very full plate of activities and therefore decided to rent a driver. It sounds expensive, but its actually cheaper than renting a car. Without the hassle of  expensive insurance and  getting lost in a Thai city. For 1000 Baht (33cdn) you can go anywhere in the city. For 1500baht (50cdn) you can discover the country side. In the send, we saved a fourtune on overpriced tours.

Hot Springs - Kamphaeng

We traveled 1hr east of Chiang Mai, through the mountains and discovered Kamphaeng. Kamphaeng is a natural hot source snuggle in the mountain side. Before entering, Joe (our driver) suggested that we buy  fresh market eggs. We were a little confused at first, but quickly discovered the local tradition. Locals buy  fresh eggs and hard boil them in the hot springs for breakfast, so we did exactly that. In addition to having a well deserved soak.

Muang -On Caves

The caves were defiantly off  the gringo path. They were well hidden, down a dirt road, up the mountain and then down again. I would not recommend this activity for any one that gets claustrophobic, because its a tight squeeze. We climbed down into the caves and discovered Dinosaur bones,and many shrines. The caves are actually a place of worship for the local Buddhists.

Tiger Kingdom

After a beautiful morning off the beaten track, we  jumped straight into the standard tourist traps. The Tiger Kingdom!!! We payed our entrance fee and had 15 Min's each with a 2-7 month of tiger. It was pretty intimidating  but a great life experience.

Silk Factory

We asked Joe to take us to the silk factory, unlike the night markets  (its the real thing). We started by taking a tour, which explained the process from worm to pillow  case. Every piece of silk is hand woven and hand sewn. I walked in to "take a peak" and walked out with an entire bedroom set. You can pick your pattern, measurements and have anything made. They then deliver it to your home or hotel.

***NOTE***
Joe made our Chaing Mai experience wonderful. Unlike the taxi drivers in Bangkok, he is honest, hard working and I would strongly recommend him to any fellow travelers.
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