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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #45 on: July 31, 2013, 02:19:57 AM »
I was in hkg and especially didnt go for this reason. Its not a mosque, its a real avoide zore. They worship these Idols, so whats the heter?!

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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #46 on: July 31, 2013, 12:27:28 PM »
Amazing TR! Keep it up!

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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #47 on: July 31, 2013, 12:34:40 PM »
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Can someone explain me why visiting and taking Pictures of a big buddah is not avoide zore?

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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #48 on: July 31, 2013, 08:32:01 PM »
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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #49 on: August 02, 2013, 03:07:29 PM »
#curiosity
Wow! Just read this beginning to end in one sitting. Amazing TR Mrs. AJK.
Curiosity made the cat smarter.

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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #50 on: August 02, 2013, 03:20:50 PM »
Incredible TR.
Mrs. AJK, have you ever considered a career in writing?  I'm ROFLing right now.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #51 on: August 18, 2013, 07:40:34 PM »
We hopped back in the car and drove quickly over to the Mae Sa Elephant Camp in time to watch the elephant show.



It was a five minute drive away and we were able to pay our four dollar entrance fee and run in to try and get seats for the show. As we ran down the path that led to the show area, we crossed over a bridge which spanned a small river. Down in the river were five baby elephants being washed by their trainers.



As I stood there transfixed, the skies opened and it began a genuine tropical downpour. Within seconds, we saw our driver sprinting towards us through the rain with two huge umbrellas in his outstretched hands.
 
With our umbrellas in hand, we ran around to the end of the bridge to watch as the elephants walked out of the water and up the path. One of the trainers sitting atop a particularly cute baby elephant motioned for me to come closer. Now I use the term ‘baby’ loosely. These guys are a good six-hundred pounds and they also have about five feet on me. Nonetheless, they are absolutely adorable as they still have the mannerisms of playful kids and they somehow have cute, little faces. As I came closer, one of the elephants reached out his trunk and planted a wet, dirty elephant kiss on my cheek. He then reached up for his trainer’s hat and placed it solidly on my head. What can I say, I was in love.



We hung around there taking pictures with these adorable creatures and then ran up the hill to grab seats for the show. The show consisted of about twelve elephants of all different sizes doing decidedly un-elephant type things like: playing soccer, using hula hoops on their trunks, bowing, playing darts and most surprising of all-painting extremely detailed and gorgeous pictures.











Although these pictures were put on sale at the end of the show, and I thought that a picture painted by an elephant would go extremely well in our living room, they were a few hundred baht outside of our price range.

The show was a lot of fun and at the end you can go take pictures up close and personal with the elephants (you can also get more elephant kisses should you wish – I did!)



[Elephant reaching our for a tip after we took a picture with it!]

After the show, we passed an elderly lady hacking at coconuts with a machete. The more surprising thing was that she held the coconuts cavalierly in her hand while she proceeded to thwack them with a huge sharp knife. Like I mentioned, these people just don’t seem to value life (ours or theirs) in the same way that we were accustomed to back at home. We bought a large coconut with straws just stuck in it which was a refreshing snack.







[Elephant Masterpiece]

We then got back in our car and decided that our next stop would be ATV-ing.

[On the way, though, one always had to be careful, as elephants have the right of way...]



Now, I had never been ATV-ing before, but AJK is a pro [I sure am!] and assured me that I would be OK. We pulled into one of the many areas on the side of the road offering ATV’s and proceeded to sign our lives away. We paid about $100 for a one hour trek up into the jungle. While I initially felt that I would be more comfortable riding on the back of AJK’s ATV, he managed to convince me that it was super easy, and I would enjoy driving my own. I found out later that he regretted that decision the minute I hopped on one and took off. Apparently, I drive very fast and it kind of put a damper on AJK’s ride to watch his wife flying off paths and careening over cliffs. Ooops. We were led by a young Thai guy who rode the ATV in front, I followed and AJK brought up the rear. I ended up loving it even though at times it was a bit scary.

The guy leading would just head straight up a mountainous cliff and then careen down a sheer wall of a drop, and I dutifully followed at a breakneck pace. At the end, we went to a large clearing with little jumps and hills where we just raced around seeing who could get their ATV higher in the air by speeding over mounds and little hills (at least AJK could). At the end, we reluctantly handed in our keys and helmets and found our loyal driver just where we had left him in the ATV parking lot.
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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #52 on: August 18, 2013, 09:02:50 PM »
Awesome TR! 

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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #53 on: August 18, 2013, 11:09:41 PM »
Love the coconuts!!

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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #54 on: August 19, 2013, 12:09:36 AM »
Incredible TR.
Mrs. AJK, have you ever considered a career in writing?  I'm ROFLing right now.

Awesome TR! 

Love the coconuts!!

From Mrs. AJK -- thanks all!
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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #55 on: August 19, 2013, 12:14:20 AM »
We decided we had energy for one more activity and headed over to a snake farm. Now, I am up for anything in the world except things that have to do with snakes or sharks. On our last trip to the Maldives, AJK put that one to the test with scuba diving with sharks and now it was all about the snakes. I am still surprised that I even agreed to walk through the gates of this so-called snake farm (which I found to be exorbitantly expensive at $2 entry fee, and I tried to convince AJK that we should probably spend our money elsewhere, but to no avail).

Anyway, we walked down a little dirt path to a clearing surrounded by benches. In the middle of the clearing were two young Thai boys playing with some of the most deadly snakes on the planet.

Thai people seem to have a fascination with American pop music, and just like at the crocodile show there was a “DJ” sitting next to a radio blaring Britney Spears or whoever. I was supremely uncomfortable with this experience and so I have tried to block it out of my head. I do have vague memories of a guy kissing a cobra on the lips, swinging it around his head and showing us that it still had its venom by having it bite a plastic cup and then showing us the two inches of liquid poison laying within.





These guys obviously did not get how scared I was, as they were pretending to throw snakes at me while I ran around the benches screaming my head off. One of the guys got bit three times during the show by a non-poisonous species, and the other guy narrowly avoided being pierced by a king cobra, who incidentally has venom that can kill a full grown elephant in less than an hour.



After this show, one of the guys walked around with us showing us the other animals that they have. Lots and lots of snakes along with fun creatures such as scorpions the size of your palm, snapping turtles, and strangely enough hedgehogs and a guinea pig.





At one point I leaned over the edge of a tall wall to see what was on the other side. Should not have done that. 

It was a snake pit with about fifty or so King Cobras inside, and one of them was on the wall about five inches below my face.  The guy offered AJK the opportunity of holding a Burmese python that was about ten feet long. Like I said, the lesson learned is just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Unfortunately, at this point in our trip, we hadn’t yet learned that lesson so AJK agreed. The guy wrapped a ten-foot snake that was about as thick as a large salami all around my husband. The lesson I did learn here is that, I either need to learn to tell AJK no, or ask him to get better life insurance.

I took a few quick pictures and mercifully the snake was removed. Somehow, I survived being there, and after being there for fifteen minutes (which by the way was fifteen minutes too many), I was so ready to leave. I wouldn’t suggest this place unless you really! like reptiles.

Our white car had never looked so good to me. We both relaxed in the car and realized that we were completely exhausted—shocking--considering how we had been racing around Mae-Rim nonstop for the past eight hours, running in and out of activities. We decided to head back to the hotel for a refreshing dip in the pool. We managed to catch sunset by the pool, and we watched the sun slowly set over the mountains.



Afterwards, it was time for our nightly massage. We had decided to try a new massage parlor, because, well, why not? You could go to a different massage parlor every night for a decade there without repeating a place. AJK had read good reviews of a place called the ‘Green Bamboo.’ So, we got ready and headed out. Here is where we found AJK’s second favorite part of Thailand. The Tuk-Tuk.
Tuk-Tuks are Thailand’s answer to taxis. Small, quick, easily accessible and cheap. However, that is where the similarities end. Tuk-Tuks are way better than taxis. They are basically a little seating area that is pulled behind a driver sitting on a motorcycle or little motorized bike. They have a ceiling, but no doors so you get lots of fresh air and excitement, as you may slide out at any time. For about two dollars, one of the tuk-tuk drivers sitting outside the hotel agreed to take us to the spa. It was about ten minutes from the hotel, but the ride was so exhilarating we wished it was further away.

Upon arriving we found a small, peaceful, hut with a stone entryway and beautiful little fountains. Inside, there was a dim, wooden-floored room where we were shown to chairs and offered a foot scrub. This place was less expensive than Cheeva and AJK and I both ended up liking it better.



I chose an hour long foot-massage followed by an hour long facial, and AJK opted for an hour long Thai massage and the facial with me. I, obviously, fell asleep during the massage because it was great. AJK got one of the best massages of his life and promptly made follow-up appointments on the spot for the rest of our time in Chaing-Mai. The facial was amazing, as they make all their own ingredients fresh right before the facial.

I somehow ended up having my face covered in yogurt, seaweed, and sesame paste (think tahini), but aside from smelling delicious it also felt great and left my face smooth and soft. It is not a fancy spa with robes and all that jazz, but it is clean, not crowded, sanitary and all that really matters is that they have great masseurs.

Afterwards, we headed out into the little alley outside the Green Bamboo and we walked up to the main street where we flagged down a Tuk-Tuk like a native. We then went to Chabad for dinner which was delicious. We walked slowly back to the hotel enjoying looking at the little stalls and all that was being sold. We then headed to bed after a crazy, fun-filled, adventure of a day.
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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #56 on: August 19, 2013, 01:53:26 AM »
AMAZING!!!!!

u def have taught me well....
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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #57 on: August 20, 2013, 12:04:37 PM »
This has been the most helpful CNX trip report I've read anywhere. Waiting anxiously for the USM part of the trip :)

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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #58 on: August 20, 2013, 12:15:55 PM »
This has been the most helpful CNX trip report I've read anywhere. Waiting anxiously for the USM part of the trip :)
Agreed.

This is pretty much the same trip i am planning and will have to do less of it, now that i have this TR.
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Re: Southeast Asia with a Splash of Hong Kong
« Reply #59 on: August 20, 2013, 12:26:41 PM »
We're glad you guys like it  :D
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