We spent a couple of days exploring (read: recuperating from our jet lag) Bangkok before we carried on with our trip.
We then hired a driver to take us from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand. Populations have dwelled in Chiang Rai since the 7th century. During the 13th century it became the center of the Lanna Thai Kingdom. The region was occupied by the Burmese until 1786 and is rich in natural resources and textiles.
Chiang Rai province’s Golden Triangle bordering Laos and Burma was once the hub of opium production which had much influence on cultural practices and lifestyles. Until this day, entire clans live together in bamboo houses and each village has its own individual character.
We decided to explore the area around our resort. We hiked to a tea plantation in the mountains.
After our hike, Meg and I decided to take a leisurely swim in the resort’s infinity pool overlooking the mountains. This was followed by tea and Thai massages. (Side bar: Meg had never had a massage before this!)
The next day we moved on to Laos. We all hopped in a boat docking from Chiang Rai, Thailand and took the boat right to Bokeo, Laos.