During our time in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we wanted to explore the surrounding highlands a little bit. It's difficult to do any real hiking with a 6 year old and 3 year old in tow, but we were able to book a lovely tour to see two splendid waterfalls, the highest point in Thailand, monuments made by the Thai air force for the King and Queen, a small highlands tribe, and a lovely market in the mountains. We got away from the city, and were able to spend some time in nature--it was a great tour!
At the market, we bought a bunch of perfectly ripe strawberries, a variety of dried fruits, and some roasted peanuts. Oliver made friends with an adorable little girl in the fifteen minutes we had to look through the surrounding stalls. Oliver is a very friendly little dude.
My favorite part of the trip was the two temples made for the King and Queen of Thailand. The King's temple was bronze and shiny while the Queen's temple was a delicate shade of lavender. The gardens surrounding the two temples were breathtaking, and the view from the King's temple looking out over the highlands was incredible. Gorgeous place to visit and take pictures.
The entire trip was very relaxed, and there was plenty of time for us to explore each stop. The boys had a great time running around, and it was great to just sit back and hang out with them. We had a great lunch (which doesn't usually happen for vegetarians on tours like this) and both boys took a well earned nap on the drive back down to Chiang Mai.