Tuesday, January 30, 2018

More Travel and wild orchids

One Friday evening, my college girl friend, our math. professor and I went to visit Loei province in Isan.  Our friend who lives there came to pick us up at the airport and took us to Chiang Khan, treated us dinner and took us on a night walk along the street near Mekong river for souvenirs.  After walking till our legs hurt, he put us up in a small but very nice place.  

This was what we woke up to:

My breakfast.  The food here has Vietnamese and Lao influence

My Friend knows half of the town, or better yet, half of the town knows him.  Well, I may exaggerate a little, but only a little.  It was fun to see how people greeted him while we walked on the street.

After breakfast, he drove us to Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary to see beautiful wild orchids and may be, may be elephants and some other wild lives.  We got there a little after 10 am.  Lo and behold, it started to rain a little.  Then it rained a little harder, and harder.  We decided to have early lunch to wait for the rain to die down.  Lucky for us, the rain stopped a little after lunch so we decided to go for a hike.  Since we are not allowed to wonder off on our own, we have to wait for an available ranger to accompany us.  We took off around 12 pm. and here are some of the pictures.  There are much more but I can't show them all, so sorry.

Our ranger and his pink umbrella that he just borrowed from someone.  He graduated from Chiang Mai University and has been working as a ranger for 17 years.

White Millipede orchid
Lady Slipper orchid
Rock formation in the shape of a bird.  How cool is that!!
Another beautiful orchid

We had a great time even though it rained again after 2 hours of hiking.  The ranger said we were only half way through but had to cut the hike short and took us back out to the parking lot which was another hour of walking. We were soaking wet but it's so worth it.  All the places that we went has a link to Wikipedia so that you can read more about them.  These are non-affiliate links.

Hope you all do some fun things today.  


1 comment:

  1. Great holiday pictures. I really like the bird stone!!


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