Photos of Northern Thailand Roadtrip Posted

It occurred to me today that I never got around to posting all my photos from Thailand. Which is a shame, because I traveled through some amazing places, including off-the-beaten tourist path experiences that can only come from travelling with a Thai family and living in a village for an extensive period of time. So I begin to make amends for my neglect by posting the photos from our road trip through the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces of far northern Thailand, deep into the mountainous border region near Myanmar.

This trip was a gift from my friend Chip’s mother for the handful of us Americans that made the long journey to Bangkok for Chip and Tim’s wedding, my longtime college friends. We stayed in a Thai home an hour outside of Chiang Mai, shopped for our meals at local markets, learned the shrewd art of bargaining from Chip’s mother, sampled street food, and spent the night at an orange grove in the depths of a rainy season mountain downpour. Of course, Thais like to be tourists in their own country and it was fascinating to see which tourist sites excited Chip’s family. We explored the orchids of a botanical garden, ascended into the colorful, misty world of Doi Suthep’s hilltop temple, spelunked through an ancient cave monastery, rode elephants at a touristy (and potentially controversial) elephant park, and browsed the markets of a border town.

It was an absolute blast.

To view the photos, click on the link below:

Great Thai Road Trip – Northern Thailand, July 2013

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About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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