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The Khoo Kongsi Altar

A different perspective of one of the altars at the Khoo Kongsi Temple.  The temple had a few different rooms with absolutely stunning decorations.  It was full of color and life.  It definitely seems like a perfect place to pray.

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A fisherman trolling through the river in Pai

(written April 16, 2010) I arrived in Pai today and decided to take a walk along the river.  I was expecting something a little bigger, but I guess this would have to do since it is in fact the dry season.  I spotted this fisherman trolling for dinner a little before sunset.

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Approaching a hilltribe village on a trek through the mountains of Pai

(written on April 18, 2010) On the second day of our trek, we headed into another village.  After hiking through the jungle for an hour or two, we approached the first village, which was surrounded by a wooden fence.  One of the coolest sights is hiking up and down mountains and then sighting a village seemingly in the middle of nowhere!

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The most adorable boys who just wanted to smile for the camera!

(written on April 19) Today I explored Pai by motorbike!  It was my first time ever driving a motorbike and it was so much fun.  I got completely lost in the hills and somehow ended up on the road back to Chiang Mai.  After a full day of exploring, I ended up at a waterfall full of small children playing.  It was so much fun to watch the kids jump from immense heights and land in shallow water.  It made me cringe every time, but somehow they survived (I’m sure they’ve been doing it every day since they were born).

I sat atop one of the rocks and shot picture after picture of the boys airborne and landing in the water.  Soon enough, two of them came over and started posing for me.  They were the most adorable little boys and as soon as I would snap a picture, they would run over and check it out, laughing the entire time.  I got some amazing pictures and they got some good laughs!

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A marriage ceremony in a hilltribe village

(written on April 17, 2010) I went on my first hilltribe trek today in the mountains of Pai.  I was extremely excited to finally get some hiking in and see the villages in the heart of Northern Thailand.  I booked a trip with one of the local tour guides and when we arrived at the first village, he informed us that his friend’s sister was getting married and that we would be able to see the ceremony!  So incredibly cool!

They let us into the marriage house and told us that we were also allowed to take pictures!  Perfect timing!  I poked my head in and caught the moment where the two loverbirds were getting their hands bound together to symbolize the lifelong commitment they were about to embark on.

Such an amazing experience!

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Colorful textiles at the Chatuchak Market

Textiles at the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok (one of my favorite places in the city!).  I just loved all the colors!  The fabric doesn’t look like something I would want to wear though, maybe make some drapes out of it!

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Count the kids in this Tuk Tuk!!

Much like my post earlier Count the Thais, this was one of my first “Only in Thailand” moments when I arrived in Bangkok.  I couldn’t believe my eyes!  I just wish I could have heard the conversation with the tuk tuk driver and these boys before they all piled in! (Not that I would have understood it!)

I’m not sure if you can see them all but there are TWELVE boys in this Tuk Tuk!!  It was so insane and as soon as I flashed a shot off they all turned around and smiled and waved!! What a way to be greeted!

I wonder how much their ride was… Whats 50 baht spit twelve ways?

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