Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
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Chiang Khong Teak Gardens
The rings themselves were linked to neck attacks by tigers but were more of a charm than a defensive shield. Adjacent to the Karen 'long neck' village were Ahka, Yao ,Mao, and Shan Lisue tribal villages but, on this day anyway, they seemed to yield the star-of-the-show status to the long necks and only put on half hearted cultural demonstrations. Understandable perhaps but each was certainly unique and intriguing (given her somewhat generous ear lobes DH developed an immediate attraction to a group that were sporting massive ear rings that stretched the lobes beyond all reasonable proportions).
I had no problems taking photo's at our next stop- the monkey temple. I don't know what it is about monkeys that always leaves me with 10x more monkey pic's than I really need but DH was rolling her eyes before I had the focus set for my first shot. Watching monkeys in chaos probably triggers fond memories of my former work environments??
We can't go much further north in Thailand, so in Mae Sai we head to a vantage point that offers up spectacular vistas of neighboring Myanmar
Our chessy moment of the day was rolling coins down a chute into the navel of a very large 'Happy Budda which triggered a recording of a budda laughing in much the same way our very own Santa does. Good fun until one of the locals started patting my stomach and chanted "happy budda" with undue enthusiasm. We also did a short boat trip which had one of the boat dudes racing after me with a replacement safety vest for the somewhat tiny thing I was originally given. Apparently the only word of English he knew was "big" which he said over and over again while pointing at me
We bounced around a lot but finally settled in Chiang Khong for a couple of days waiting for our boat ride to Laos. Highlight of our stay here was one of the stranger haircuts I've ever had. I was getting a bit scruffy after the military cut I got in San Diego but the I made the mistake of a spontaneous haircut- presumably the masked man I found in Chiang Khong had never had to deal with hat-head before. Probably would have got a cleaner cut if I had taken DH up on her offer but since we finished up our wills, I'm still not sure I trust her with sharp instruments in her hand.