The Golden Triangle!

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Love love love the Golden Triangle.  The Golden Triangle is Northern Thailand, Loas and Myanmar also known as Burma.  It is this amazing place where all three countries literally touch one another but are separated by a river.  It is an incredible area with a rich history, beautiful people, amazing cultures, and truly breath taking scenery.  It is also the home of Asian Elephants!

It is also the home of the opium and heroin trade but that’s an entirely different and sad story that is quite interesting.

But, I rather show you elephants because they are amazing!

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Elephants love sugar cane!  Fun Fact: Elephants don’t cry.  Their eyes are consistently cleaning themselves which is why they look like they are crying.
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The most beautiful and amazing animal out there.  They are so loving and social!  I’m amazed by them.  They are actually a very social and bonded that they live within their herd forever…well all the girls do.  The guys get kicked out.
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Baby elephant playing after a bath!  Elephants are incredibly playful and silly.  They are considered babies until their early teens and can live into their 80’s much like a human.
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Now she’s rubbing on the tree for a quick scratch.  Elephants have very sensitive skin which they keep moisturized by coating with mud.

 

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What’s up!  I’m on an elephant…she’s only 53 years old and the matriarch of the herd.

If you want to learn more, check out this amazing organization, Think Elephant International!  Elephants are truly one of the most interesting and amazing creatures you’ll ever learn about.  Honestly, I think people should know more about elephants so they understand how important they are to the eco-system as well as our society.  Scientist are discovering that elephants are one of the smartest mammals on the plant and are being grouped with humans, dolphins and chimps.   Sadly, they are being eliminated in both Asia and Africa.  Right now in Africa there is a huge problem with poachers killing elephants for their tusks, even in protected national parks.  In Asia, they are losing habitat due to expanding cities and towns.  There is so much to tell and I could write about them for days but I won’t.  So go out for yourself and check it out.  Seriously!

 

Okay, now for the food of Northern Thailand.  Below are pictures from the most amazing market I have ever witnessed.
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Yum, chicken just hanging out without proper refrigeration.

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Sometime, I think…I really need a pig leg for our dish..don’t you!?
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Yes, this makes me want to eat pork.
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Even our tour guide didn’t know what this was and he was a professional chef.
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These were really good.  It’s favored rice wrapped in banana leaves.  The perfect breakfast or snack.
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Fresh noodles!
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Chili paste

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Thai coffee! So good and made with cream.
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The foundation for most Thai dishes, Kaffir Lime Leaves.

 

The food: One thousand times better than Central and Southern Thailand.  They can cook both Asian and Western food PERFECTLY!
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Coconut rice dessert which we learned how to make later on.
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This was a steak…I was craving one and it was good!
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Thai whiskeys…so strong.
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Amazing pizza! Not Thai
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The place we stayed had an amazing Italian restaurant which we enjoyed a few times.  Like I said, Thai food is great but sometimes you just want a bit of home!  These dishes hit the spot!
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As you can see, we eat really well in Northern Thailand and the Golden Triangle.  It is a place that I’ll be happy to revisit soon!

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