|Sunset over the padi, Northern Thailand|
Fortunately Neil was invited to a Kramer Technology Conference in Chiang Mai for three days, so we decided to add on a few more days and explore Thailand's Golden Triangle.
Beautiful Chiang Rai
|Wat Phra Kaeo, Chiang Rai|
Chaing Rai is our kind of town - great food and very friendly locals, all surrounded by interesting history and wonderful scenery.
Wat Phra Kaeo is just one of the many beautiful temples in Chiang Rai. It is over two hundred years old and has a fascinating history, with the discovery of a beautiful 5th Century Jade Buddha that was masked in clay to disguise its beauty and value.
|Making friends in a Hill tribe Village|
Driving off the beaten track we saw the Hillside tribes, some dressed in their traditional clothing, farming their new cash crops of padi, tea, coffee and corn, which have replaced opium.
Walking through the villages, chatting and watching the children play gave a small glimpse into their lifestyle.
The Kramer Technology Conference in Chiang Mai whizzed by with a series of tech presentations, product launches and fun evenings. It was good to be there too !
We headed back to to Phuket after 8 days away - our mini break was over and we had more refit work ahead of us.