Chiang Mai, Thailand

On June 2, 2013 four of us left our cabins in Ubon to visit the mountainous country in northern Thailand. We wanted to see Chiang Mai, Sankampaeng Hot Springs, Doi Inthanon National Park, the Hill Tribe people and whatever else presented itself. Ubon is just about as far east as you can get in Thailand, and Chiang Mai is near Thailand's northern boarders. The 650 mile bus route started west into central Thailand then north and northwest into Chiang Mai.

On June 4, 2013 we set out to visit a remote Buddhist Monastery northeast of the city. About seventy miles out of Chiang Mai our driver turned right at a small sign then followed a narrow road up a timbered hillside. From the parking lot we followed a walkway past a small building where we could see a line of buildings, a water system, meeting, utility and housing structures on the right. About 50 feet left the ridge dropped off and I could see this, and this. Behind the utility building was a stairway off the ridge. In Ubon we had stayed at Wat Pah Nanachat until they kicked us out. Now we are off to a Hot Spring location, east of Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Rural CommunityAt the picture bottom is a field of mixed crops.
  • Mowing Hay
  • Monastary Administration
  • Water TowerWater is pumped into the elevated tank then gravity fed to the use points.
  • Monk House
  • Multipurpose BuildingThere is a water tower just past the front deck. Maybe a laundry and home combo.
  • Quiet Place Access
  • Quiet PlaceThe stairs led to this beautiful place.
  • Sankampaeng Hot SpringsBehind the sign is 3 foot deep pool of hot water. Some people are cooking baskets of eggs.
  • CanalGiven time to cool, some people enjoy entering the water.
  • Doi Inthanon National Park Entrance
  • Coffee Karen Style
  • Beans Karen Style
  • Karen VillageOut buildings in the Karen village.
  • Orchid Farm
  • Karen Agriculture
  • Open Market
  • Sirithan Falls
  • Naran & Pres
  • Us TouristsExcept for Sapheth and Nick, we are tennis players from the USA.
  • Wachirathan Falls
  • Doi Summit
  • Summit Garden
  • Two Monuments
  • Micro WaveKeeping Thailand safe. It is advertised as a weather station.
  • Stairway to Thailands Roof
  • Thai AirForce GeneralHe completed flight training in the USA. He is an exceptional guy. Very polite.

Developed geothermal locations are all over planet earth. Hot springs are located where underground water and/or steam has been pushed to, or near the earths surface. This water might contain dissolved ingredients that benefit or are harmful to human skin. I could feel the dissolved chemicals in the air, so I did not take my camera out of it's case. At Sankampaeng Hot Springs people are able to cook eggs in hot water, then play in the downstream waters. The owners have constructed canals where the hot water is given time to flow and cool off. Thailand's Ministry of Energy is looking at geothermal development for electricity. Tomorrow morning we are off to "The Roof of Thailand", southwest of Chiang Mai.

The next morning we traveled to Doi Inthanon National Park, 37 miles west of Chiang Mai. Doi Inthanon mountain at 8415 feet is referred to as The Roof of Thailand. It is the highest mountain in the Inthanon Range and Thailand. We visited Sirithan and Wachirathan water falls, and a Karan village. At the road's end we found a magnificent garden, two monuments, a radar site and this.

There is six tribes that have lived in the mountains of northern Thailand for hundreds of years. They made their living off timber and growing opium poppy. Over cutting and drug problems brought the government and tribal people to the negotiating table. In exchange for land the tribes agreed to stop growing opium and logging. Many now grow coffee, rice, orchids and sell food and clothing products to tourists. Our very special tour guide was a "Karen" who, at a young age, began working in the local tourist industry. Warm, bright and multilingual, she provided a great deal of historical incite.

The "Geothermal Interested" will like this: I placed two links on my home page. They point to many active geothermal electrical and heating developments around planet earth.

The next morning we flew from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, Laos.


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