All the artwork in the gallery are painted by elephants. They learn when they are young to memorize the strokes. Some elephants know how to do 5 designs. We watched them paint and my parents bought the one we saw being painted for $100. I later bought one for $26.
Unfortunately I went to Baan Tawai 4 times because my parents were looking for lots of things to redecorate the house with and they had to be certain of buying the right things. Baan Tawai is basically a village of shops that are all handcrafted. Imagine a whole village where everyone is a craftsman of wood, pottery, painter, sewer etc.
The 2nd night we stayed right outside Chiang Mai at Baan Nam Ping Village. We were the only ones there and we had an amazing view of the Ping river, a nice porch, and huge room with a kitchenette. They let us use bikes so we took a ride around the “neighborhood”. Dads bike seat was broken. We saw this crazy creature at night, and dad chased him in his funny getup while I played nature photographer. Yen Sabai.
On the way to Chiang Mai we stopped at a natural hot spring. We dipped our feet in the warm water and on a 90 degree day, it’s not that pleasant. People were drinking the water. There were shrines with roosters everywhere. We also stopped at the Mae Wa national park and hiked up to 4 waterfalls. The path was not marked very well and barely distinguishable- that picture of the boulders is part of the “trail”. We didn’t even know where to go. On the way back down the trail my dad heard growling. Turns out that there actually are tigers in the park…
Loy Krathong is a annual event where people buy krathongs, light them, and place them in water. It is a Buddhist tradition where the person basically sends off their past mistakes and worries and gives them to “the goddess”. People light lanterns. There were hundreds in the sky.
We took a van to Chonburi to do ziplining for my birthday. 24 ziplines, 2 bridges, 2 free fall drops. A lot of fun, not scary except for the first free fall. What a beautiful view! Lots of monkeys around too.