Hello Sophie and Oliver!
Rather than send you one postcard, we thought that we would send you lots of postcards – photos that we have taken in and around Thailand…
The flight to Bangkok took 11 hours. We flew over Europe and India – and (where Auntie Nikki took this photo from the plane window), Afghanistan.
We are living in Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand. It has lots of very cool stuff everywhere. These statues are outside a travel agent:
By contrast, statues like this are found in temples all around the city.
The temples (and the statues) are maintained by Buddhist monks, like these two, who are freshening up the gold leaf on a sculpture:
There is a lot happening in the city. One of our first weekends we found a dance performance in the main square.
There is also a very good zoo, where we saw, for example, this panda:
And this rock hyrax:
And this macaque:
And this flamingo:
We are also eating lots of yummy food. For example, this is not a pineapple.
It is a Thai prawn curry, served in a pineapple.
Some of the food is slightly strange. (So, this platter of Lao curries was lovely. But the dark green vegetable was ‘River Weed’ – which is absolutely delicious.)
Some of the food is very strange. For example, these tasted like really yummy crisps… but they aren’t crisps…
About the only thing that we tried that we didn’t like, was this. We had to try a can of a drink with a cartoon drawing of a man with a sword on it. But it turned out to be super-sweet, fizzy green tea! It was disgusting!
The coolest things so far have been Songkran, and Elephants!
Songkran is Thai New Year. We went out to clebrate it, and Anuntie Nikki came back looking like this – soaking wet from head to foot.
If you wonder why Auntie Nikki got so wet celebrating New Year, watch this video of Songkran in Chiang Mai.
We also had an excellent day with Elephants. This is a photo of Auntie Nikki dusting an Elephant (well, cleaning, not so much dusting), with help from a baby Elephant….
And this is Uncle Kevin washing an Elephant….
We will post more photos in a few weeks!