Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand

We wanted to share some pictures from a day out where we just couldn’t resist being a little bit silly…(as usual)…

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Taken at Chiang Mai Royal Flora Rajapruek, which we visited when we hired a 200cc bike for a week.

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This place was opened in 2010 by the King of Thailand and serves as an educational and horticultural/agricultural centre.  They have a special exhibition on until February in honour of the King’s Birthday which was 5th December 2013, so we thought we would check it out, because we love just wandering about with the camera, and it had to be a heck of a lot more relaxing than mixing in the city with tons of Westerners!

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The Orchid garden is amazing….so beautiful and colourful and this is where we took these pictures, by the indoor waterfall wall.

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There are little bridges…

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and quirky ornaments dotted in between…

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They have a bug house, where you can have a look at tarantulas…

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beetles…

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and…Is it a leaf?

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Nope, it’s a butterfly…(both of the above were!)

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The bug house is easily located by the presence of giant bugs outside!  They’re vicious though…

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They were no match for Rich with his Special Forces training…

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But I think this one got the better of me…

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Watch out for the red ant…

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They have lots of exhibitions here year round, like the traditional Thai houses which are so simple in construction (wood, on stilts) but so ornate with the carving and built-in seating.

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We would like this to be our next house…

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They also have the Royal Pavilion…very majestic, (and not very likely to be our next-next house ;-)).

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The surroundings gardens to the pavilion…

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Also very beautiful when lit up at night (we stayed most of the day here and were nearly the last ones out – the beauty of this place is not just in the gardens, buildings and displays, it is in the fact that there are very few Western tourists here and you can wander about to your hearts content, just smiling with the locals and some Asian tourists)…

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(In the background of this evening shot, up on the hill is Doi Suthep, which is one of the most important temples to the Buddhist Monks in Chiang Mai.)

The Royal Flora a huge place, very peaceful, (unless you are up by the main building where the music plays) and they do have buses to take you around if you don’t want to walk (or are unable to), but we walked everywhere as we usually do and we took breaks at strategic areas…

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There are coffee places, food and fruit stalls etc here, and they are pretty much priced the same as the street food (35/40 baht – roughly 70/80 pence), which surprised us – coming from the UK where you pay extortionately inflated prices to have food at any tourist attraction, this was a welcome change.  (and the entrance fee here was only 100 baht each – roughly £2 – there is no way you would ever gain entry to somewhere of this size and standard in the UK for less than £15 each)

Some of the locals were small but friendly…

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And some of the structures, Rich just wasn’t happy with and tried to demolish…

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They also have exhibitions for limited times in the main building.  These were tableaus made entirely of seeds, grains, vegetables/fruits, and plants.

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Whoever made these with grains was a fantastic artist and I love this type of creativity…(it’s the King in the picture, for those who have no clue what he looks like – but if you have visited Thailand you will know his picture is everywhere)

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They also had a display of multi-coloured-twine musical instruments and notes in one of the garden areas…

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We shall leave you with our piss-take of a pretentious backpacker’s ‘Facebook profile picture’…everywhere we go they seem to update FB every 5 seconds with a new picture of where they are!

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