Here are short streaming videos of interesting sightseeing tours and festivals including, bird watching, hill tirbe villages, elephant camp, elephant riding,
trekking, hiking, camping, Thai cooking lessons, boating and shopping in and around Chiang Mai Thailand. Soon to come videos of rafting,
deep sea fishing, diving, snorkeling, Golf, and any other available activity.
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Here is the video of us visiting the Royal Grand Palace grounds and
Wat Po in bangkok Thailand and see the Emerald and Reclining Buddhas. We then take a private long tail boat through the canals of Thonburi to see how people
live on the water.
Here are videos of Thai dance from central (finger and rice harvest dance), North (candle dance) and east Thailand (Bamboo pole dance) performed at the Rose Garden in Bangkok. The bamboo Pole dance is the most interesting and if you listen to the music you might think the guitar sound was used by the "Beach Boys" in their early surfing songs. Just a thought.
Join us as we visit a Thai Organic Farm. We were able to work with the farmers in their fields harvesting, thrashing, milling and sifting rice. This would be great fun for a family to enjoy. If you would like to try this let us know. More in part 2
There are many things for families with children to do in Chiang Mai Thailand. Here is a streaming video of our friends and their children visiting an elephant camp, Huai Tung Tao lake, Chiang Mai Zoo and the weekend walking market in Chiang Mai Thailand.
Enjoy a day of white water rafting. We were given a safety briefing and a lesson on instructions our expert rafting person were to give us. As you will see we were far from experts but our raftman and safety team in kayaks and on the shore took good care of us. After rafting we washed elephants (see the next video below).
This is a wonderful experience. You can be among Tigers large and small, pet them and have you photo taken with them. Very clean, great environment and wonderful staff. They also have 1 lion. This is a must do when visiting Chiang Mai Thailand. There is also a restaurant with no entrance fee and you can still see the big cats. Much better than Tiger Temple in Khanchanaburi.
Visit the Chiang Mai Zoo with us as we see the Giant Panda, Aviary, Lions, white tiger and many other animals and travel in the new monorail.
One of the first places you should visit while in Chiang Mai is the Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center and Museum. This will bring you much closer to understanding the local people their culture, customs, heritage and beliefs and make your stay in Chiang Mai a rich rewarding experience you will remember for a life time.
North of Chiang Mai is Chiang Dao Cave. A great place for a family visit. This cave shrine is easy walking and you can hire a guide with a lantern to take you deeper in the cave. if you wish to do go deeper bring a tourch (flashlight).
We look into Burma from North Thailand. See the army camps held by the Wa minority in Burma.
This Thai Army outpost is located on the disputed border with Burma (Myanmar) just 3 kilometer from a large drug factory. We have a look at the map and show all the Army outposts on both sides of the border and zoom in on the drug factory then go through the outpost's tunnels and bunkers.
Join us rafting through mountain canyons and jungle on one of the most beautiful rivers in Thailand at Umphang. Lots of waterfalls, rapids, colorful birds and monkeys on this 4 day journey. We stop for 1 night in a hill tribe village and 2 nights camping. From the end of the rafting it takes 2 days to reach civilization by elephant.
Here in part 2 we continue rafting on the river, go over a couple of rapids, our guides make cups and spoons out of bamboo, see a beautiful kingfisher, more excellent cliffs and start the tour of the karen hill tribe village.
Here in part 4 we leave our camp site and travel over mountains and streams by elephant through the jungle. We have a baby elephant with us that is very cute. We heard Gibbon in the distance but did not see them.
In this final part we finish our adventure by camping near waterfalls and swim in the beautiful stream. Our guide show how to make a small animal trap and other interesting things out of bamboo. We then ride elephants to our pick up point.
Join us as we ride high in the mountains on ATV vehicles. We travel on dirt trails and through hill tribe villages with excellent vistas and scenery. See more including a spectacular sunset in parts 2 and 3.
Join us as we ride high in the mountains on ATV vehicles. We travel on dirt trails and through hill tribe villages with excellent vistas and scenery. See more including a spectacular sunset in parts 1 and 3.
Join us as we ride high in the mountains on ATV vehicles. We travel on dirt trails and through hill tribe villages with excellent vistas and scenery. See more including a spectacular sunset in parts 1 and 2.
Thailand is a great place to rent a motor bike and ride in the country side. Join us as we ride high in the mountains We start in the small town of Thaton on the Thai Burma Border. We visit the temple and watch the young novices getting ready to collect alms. We then go to a Shan hill tribe village on the banks of the Mae Kok River.
Thailand is a great place to rent a motor bike and ride in the country side. Today we ride high into the mountains to visit Akha and other hill tribe villages. We visit a tea factory on t-he way to Chiang Rai. for the evening. We then head to Chiang Mai visiting other villages along the way.
Here is a video of The Havens
Childrens Homes. We visit the Boys Home first then the Girls Home which is only a block away.
Some of the money for the tours go to help these needy orphaned
hill tribe children.
Here is the
online video of the wonderful town of Lampang. We first ride
the train through beautiful mountain country to Lampang. We then visit beautiful peaceful
temples and a ceramics factory that Lampang is famous for.
We see how they make cowlam, see a parade of boys going to the temple to be ordained as novice monks, visit a rice mill then a Thai Army post on the Burma border and then the Crystal Pagoda at Wat Thaton Temple.
Here in part 2 we ride the rapids, see people fishing along the river, visit an Akha hill tribe village and hot springs, see elephants bathing in the river, go past the touristy town of Rhummit (not stop) and end at Pattaya Noi in Chiang Rai.
See the video of us birding in the park and many
colorful birds found only at Doi Inthanon.
Included are the Golden Throated Barbet,
Chestnut-crowned Laughing Thrush, Green-tailed Sunbird, Siberian Blue Robin, Oriental Magpie Robin,
Yellow-cheeked Tit, maroon Oriole, Grey-chinned Minivet, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Orange-bellied Leafbird,
Golden-fronted Leafbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Common Buzzard, Red-throated Flycatcher, Chestnut-crowned Warbler,
Grey Wagtail, Blue Whistling Thrush, Grey-backed Shrike, White-throated Kingfisher, Flavesent Bulbul, Asian Emerald Cuckoo,
Dark-backed Sibia, White-capped Water Redstart, Dark-sided Thrush, Duarian Leafbird, Blue-throated Barbet, Blue-winged leafbird,
Pied Bushchat, Plumbeous Redstart, Short-billed Minivet, Black-crested Bulbul.
Got a real good shot of the Blue-whistling Thrush and Green-tailed Sunbird. Other
birds include the Grey-cheeked Fulveta, Asian Emerald Cuckoo (female), Blue-winged
Leafbird, Grey-eyed Bulbul, Rufous-backed Sibia, Scarlet Minivet, Ashy Drongo,
Ashy Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Pale-blue Flycatcher, Blue-throated Barbet,
Crested Serpent Eagle and Barn Swallow.
Saw 123 different bird species in 3 days while birding and staying at bungalows in the park. The ones I took video of are: Black tailed crake, coppersmith barbet, golden throated barbet, spectacled barwing, chestnut headed bee-eater, little grebe, common rosefinch, Indian roller, ashy drango, bronze drongo, blue eared kingfisher, white throated kingfisher, green billed malkoha, black crested bulbul.
Here I travel with the Vink family from Holland on a private speed boat for snorkeling, view the beach at Phi Phi Charlies resort, watch a beautiful sunset and show the pool at Phi Phi Princess Resort. View part 2 for more.
In this video we visit the Mangroves where the water is full of fish. We see the Vink family room and the pool on the beach at P. P. Princes Resort. It was summer break for the university students from Europe and the USA so lots of students at the pool.
Here is a video of the Orchid and Lotus Flower Exibits in Chiang Mai Thailand. This is only a small portion of what we saw.
Although the exposition is now finished you can still visit as the area is now a flower filled garden park.
Part 1 video of a 3 Day Experience in North Thailand. We went on an elephant and Ox cart ride then spent the evening
in a Lisu hill tribe village. Our accommodations are in
a Bamboo bungalow in a Lisu hill tribe village. The villagers played music and danced for us around the camp fire.
Part 2 video of a 3 Day Experience in North Thailand. We then visited Chiang Dao Cave Shrine and Wat Thaton Temple and overnight in Thaton in a nice bungalow on the river. We then traveled on to Chiang Rai stopping at many hill tribe villages along the way.
Here in North
Thailand the Loi Krathong Festival is much different than anywhere in the
Kingdom. In the small town of Mae Jo north of Chiang
started the festival on Saturday night by launching
hot air balloons called "Khom Loy". We are not talking about a few Khom Loy but thousands upon thousands
all at the same time. You got to see this.
Loi Krathong is a special event for the Northern Thai people. It originated in Sukhothai
and spread north and east. The other parts of Thailand celebrate this
festival but nothing like in Chiang Mai.
We went down to the Ping River in Chiang Mai Thailand for the Loi Krathong Festival
around dusk. We purchased food from vendors a waited for it to get dark.
More and more people arrived to float krathongs and shoot fireworks. We then rode the baot on the river. We went home and toured our neighborhood,
lit candles, launched Khome Loi ate and drank with our Thai neighbors.
The parade started at Thapae gate at 7 PM, down Thapae road to the river then left to the city offices. The the parade floats were launched on the river to float down stream to the take out point. The parade included beautiful lighted floats and traditional Northern Thai music and dance performed in traditional costumes and as with all parades in Thailand beautiful women.
Video of the Chiang Mai Night Safari. We went early to see some of the animals before dark on the Jackel
Trail around the Lake. We then visited the resort there and checked out some of the rooms and bungalows. We took the Tram
on the night trails then watched the Lazer Lighted Fountain Show. I ran out of memory or I would have shot more video.
Here is a video of one of Chiang Mai's most popular Garden
Resort "Kristadoi". We helped arranged this wedding for our friends Sam amd Melissa had there wedding here. The money they saved on the cost of the wedding,
dress, catering etc. was enough to enjoy a nice honeymoon at a 5 Star Resort Spa in Phuket.
Most of the video is of the flower gardens but the wedding is beautiful.
A few friends of ours had a holiday so we took them to Doi Inthanon National Park and stayed overnight. We visited waterfalls, hilltribe villages, a trout fish farm and Karen hill tribe coffee house where they grow and process their own coffee. Here is the Video.
Here is part 1 of hiking near Chiang Mai at Doi Inthanon national Park. This was taken in March when it was well over 40 degrees C. or 100 F. in Chiang Mai. Where we were hiking or trekking it was around a cool 18 C. or 66 F. Beautiful forest, waterfalls and vistas, edible plants and medicines.
Part 2 was taken in March when it was well over 40 degrees C. or 100 F. in Chiang Mai. Where we were hiking or trekking it was around a cool 18 C. or 66 F. Beautiful forest, waterfalls and vistas, edible plants and medicines. We also have lunch eating organic Thai food and rainbow trout at the restaurant at Royal Project in the park.
Went with 2 lady visitors to Doi Inthanon Natioal Park near Chiang Mai Thailand.. We hiked to a large waterfall and went swimming, visited a traditional Karen hill tribe village and trekked through the cloud forest.
When you come to Chiang Mai you should take in a Khantoke Dinner and show. This is not just for tourists as the Northern Thai people have been enjoying the Khantoke Dinner for centuries. Here is a short 6 minute video of the Khantoke dinner with my wife and friends.
Video of the Chiang Mai Flower festival Parade, which is held every year on the first weekend in Feb.
This is the Thailand version of the Rose Bowl Parade in the USA. Colorful floats made with colorful flowers, orchids and seeds are used. Wonderful traditional northern Thai costumes are worn by all and lovely girls and beauty queens adorn the floats. There are marching bands and country folk playing northern Thai music in the parade.
Here in the second video you will see the floats on display, exotic plants flowers being judged
in the park.
The meaning of water during Songkran is very important. Pouring water on each other and Buddha statues is to wash away
the past and a cleansing for the future year. This started as just pouring water on the hands or on the shoulder of others
with a small cup of water has turned into the largest water fight on the planet. I took this video in Chiang Mai Thailand. This festival is every year April 13- 15. You have to see this..
Here is a short streaming video of the festival over a two day period. The first day,
April 13, is the Songkran parade, which takes place on Muangchareon and Thapae roads at 2 PM and lasts around 3 hours. We then hit the streets to join the water fight mostly concentrated along the moat in the city center.
Watch us at Chiang Mai Gate in Chiang Mai Thailand during the Songkran festival
or Thai new year 2008. Live music, wanter fights, bar-b-que and beer, loads of fun. Also see the lady boys during the parade, very funny.