2012 - Backpacking to Northern Thailand day 4 @ Thaton by River Boat to Chiangrai

Northern Thailand Adventure, Mountains, Rivers and Temples
6th to 27th November 2012

our chartered long tail boat waited for us at our hotel

Day 04 (09.11.12) Thaton by 4hr Mae Kok River Boat to Chiangrai (92km)

We took the river boat at 8am from our hotel to Chiangrai (B350pp). We stopped at Karen Ruammit Elephant camp on the way down. In Chiangrai we walked around the town visiting the night bazaar.

Sleeping: City Home Guest House at B600 a/c room for 2pax
Bernard and I about to get on-board the long tail - sleepy riverside village of Thaton on the banks of the Mae Kok River is readily awoken by the loud, long tail boats that ply up and down at break neck speed. They are a joy to ride -as long as you like joy rides- and can transport you all over the waterways of Thailand with great ease.

our boat man pushing the boat away from the mud

the cruise was very scenic, passing through attractive fields, hills, forests, and villages

everybody is feeling the cold chills in the morning boat ride

Cindy Chong
Lily Yap
Tay Seok Hooi
Ching Neng Bin
Captain Bernard Lee
Chew Leng Soon
Lee Kam Boon

pumping out the river sand

river bank erosion is a serious problem in Thailand - part of the cultivated rice has collapsed

you’ll see plenty of traditional villages and waterside markets like this along the river

we stopped for 'pee break' at this place

long-tail boat is very common in Thailand and Laos; the "long tail" of the small boat consists of a large engine (often an automobile engine) with a long straight shaft with a propeller at the end; this is all balanced on a swivel with which the boat operator can steer by swinging from side to side, or maneuver through shallow waters by lifting the propeller out of the water when required

when our boat arrived at the riverside village of Ban Raummit at the Karen Ruammit Elephant Camp we had a stop of about thirty minutes for elephant ride

the front-side
and the rear-side

this two elephants seem to be talking to one another

this two elephants are madly in love - kissing all the time

they have both accepted to get married

Ms Tay and Kam Boon went for a ride

We got splashed by spray going through minor rapids, also some splash of waters which became almost dry by the time we got to Chiang Rai.

Thanon Klang Wiang Bridge, Chiang Rai

a very pleasant 4hour boat trip indeed

Chiang Rai town

upon arrival of our boat at the dock in Chiang Rai we took a pickup-taxi to CityHome guest house

Sleeping: City Home Guest House at B600 a/c room for 2pax

Wat Chet Yot Wiang, Chiangrai

Wat Chet Yot Wiang, Chiangrai

Darun Aman Mosque, Chiangrai

This clock tower was designed by Ajarn Chalermchai, the same artist who built the White Temple, Wat Rong Kun. For the first ten minutes of every hour from 7 pm until 11pm there is a light show of different colors that attracts a large number of viewers.

its dinner time - Chew ordered some of this sausages and it really taste good

Entrance to the Chiang Rai night bazaar which is adjacent to the bus station of Phahonyothin road. On a much smaller scale than Chiang Mai's, it is nevertheless a decent place to find an assortment of handicrafts.

daily free show on stage (7 to 12midnight) - cultural dances and pop singing in between

guitarist singing evergreen songs

There are two food sections, this one comprised of nice wooden furniture and waitress wearing north Thai costumes, and the other section aimed at locals with aluminum chairs and staff in jeans and T-shirts.

Day Expenses  THB total   per pax
4 Chartered boat Thaton to Chiangrai      2,100 300
Tips maid           20 3
Tips boat         100 14
Tuktuk from boat jetty to guesthouse         140 20
S. charge re internet booking thro' hostel world           66 9
lunch         490 70
dinner         780 111
drinks  yoddoi         450 64
CityHome Guesthouse in Chiangrai      2,400 343

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know you could reach Chiangrai by boat, just by 4hrs ride.
    This Lee KamBoon sure is a pleasant person, smiling all the way in all photo-shots. Hotel room at Bhat600 for 2 is reasonable, and it looks clean too. Large two feet long sausage to feed you fellas, go down with Chang Beer with chopped sausage & vege will be fun, at the same time listening to the music to relax. The night bazaar at Chinagrai is not much different from Chiangmai's.

    From alancykok