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My Thailand And Why I Love It.

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Ian, I am starting to understand why certain posters have issue with your posts. You love life. You only live in places that you enjoy and avoid places that you do not and you have a generally positive outlook. Maybe you should do more moaning and whinging so that you will fit in better on the forum :ermm:

It's because he wears white socks

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WELL DONE, IF! SPLENDID PICS!:)

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Good one Ian, nice pics and a good news story. Regards

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Thanks

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Hate to break the news....but it will never be 'your' Thailand and Thailand does NOT care about its trees..... absolutely not.....

Just the facts........nice pics though regardless.

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Hate to break the news....but it will never be 'your' Thailand and Thailand does NOT care about its trees..... absolutely not.....

Just the facts........nice pics though regardless.

Ha ha. That's more like it. Nice one. :lol:

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Great pictures, Ian, thanks for posting. I haven't been to Doi Suthep (not great with heights) but you reminded me of a lovely afternoon and early evening I had at that lake. Wonderful!

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And Chiang Mai, like most Thai cities, has almost too many inexpensive restaurants to choose from.What is better than sharing a meal with good friends and listening to world class muscians playing only a few feet away. Jazz, the blues, hillbilly rock and disco are all there for the price of a beer. Pick your poison... it's all there.

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Of course, you can always go out any night to one of the food markets for a variety of meals and watch someone whip up a tasty dish within minutes.

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I prefer to live a little out of the heart of the city where it's a little more laid back. My Thai hotel room is clean, comfortable and inexpensive, and It sits on the banks of a Klong (small stream) that is attached to a small pond where locals come to fish. It makes for a constant source of photos... including wildlife. It's not unusual to see wandering cattle slowing down the traffic.

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The locals mostly catch orgami and small tilapia in their dipnets.

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Other anglers hunt with crossbows and hope for larger species like the common snakehead

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There are dozens (hundreds?) of tourist companies that arrange day trips or multi-day trips. Even the many tuk tuks will offer a day trip to one of the nearby sites. And, most of the tuk tuk drivers in Chiang Mai are NOT like the ill manner tuk tuk drivers of Phuket who act more like crooks. For a reasonable cost you can get a tuk tuk to show you all over the city and get an idea what is available. The one way streets can be a bit confusing to a tourist.

For about 1500 baht you can get a trip to an elephant farm, a swim in a waterfall pool, a visit to a hill tribe and a bamboo rafting trip all in one day.

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You can treck up to a mountain village and watch women weave clothing place matts using the old fashioned method on wooden looms

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ALL of Ian's Thailand pictures -- and I mean A-L-L of the pictures, not just the ones he wants you to see on TV -- are available on his website:

http://gallery.fishbc.com/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=album209

.. and there are also a lot of fish pictures.

... and ain't it always those last 2000 words or that last half chapter that is always the reason why the book isn't finished ... Ms. Lebowitz would be proud.

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