24 Feb - 25 Feb 2010 Tha Ton

Kingdom of Thailand aka The Land of Conditional Smiles
Kwan’s Guest House +66819931267
Adequate double room for only THB 200.- or US$ 6.05 per night.

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Exploring the small village of Tha Ton, the launching point for river trips to Chiang Rai and little more than a non-descript săwngthăew stand and a collection of river boats, local eateries and shop houses along a pretty bend in the Mae Nam Kok River, climbing up to Wat Tha Ton +6653053609 and joining the ongoing dedication ceremony for the latest extension of this luxuriant Buddhist monastery and drug rehabilitation centre, generously financed by unknown donors, and enjoying breath-taking views over the Shan countryside with its lush opium-poppy fields.

 “Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread.
For he on honey-dew hath fed.
And drunk the milk of paradise."

Enjoying the very pleasant and entertaining downriver long-tail boat trip from Tha Ton to Chiang Rai (c. 80 km, 5 hours, THB 350.- or US$ 10.60 per person), thus shooting the rapids and surviving the eddies of the shallow and barely negotiable Mae Nam Kok River, getting stuck a few times on sand bars and rocks and watching friendly villagers from the Lahu, Lisu and Karen hill tribes on both banks of the river.

Click below for more blog posts about pleasant river trips
20 Nov - 06 Dec 2014 Varanasi
04 Jul - 06 Jul 2010 Muang Khoua
16 Jun - 22 Jun 2010 Hoi An
19 Aug - 28 Aug 2009 Similajau
06 Aug - 08 Aug 2009 Song

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