By: Julie, Executive Director Thailand and Kenya
This week was spent being a bit of a tour guide. I quite enjoyed showing our latest voluntourists the local sights including my favourite haunts. Chiang Rai ‘beach’ is actually a sandy area next to the Mae Kok river. The Mae Kok is a tributary of the famous Mekong. It’s quite amazing that the river flows all the way to China. You can sit on little bamboo platforms and have lunch or a soda and just watch the world go by. It’s very peaceful.
We also went to the Wat Huai Pla Kung temple which is about 8km from Chiang Rai city. It has a pagoda but best of all a huge statue of Buddha in the Chinese Guanyin style which is about 500m high. Despite a lot of people being around, the place exudes an aura of serenity and calm. I love to just sit and gaze at the Buddha and think over all that is happening in my life. It really is my favourite place in Chiang Rai.
The kids have been busy this week preparing for exams. Nupon is very handy about the place devoted a lot of time to re-building the chicken coup. It now has a nesting area, a repaired and sealed cage and bamboo rousting bars. I wish I could transport him to Kenya to refurbish our chicken palace there.
Sukanya and Janjira, our eldest girls, have been studying hard for their final exams which start at the beginning of March. I so hope they do well and can follow their dream to enter one of the top universities in Thailand in Chiang Mai.