An Orchid Nursery was the third stop in the tour package on my trip to Thailand.

Dozens of varieties of orchids are grown there.

These blooms are sold in Thailand and exported around the world.

There was no officially organized tour, but we were free to wander around the facility and admire the flowers.

I was impressed by the wide range of colors and varieties.

I have to admit, however, that although the flowers were gorgeous, it was hard to get too excited about them right after lying down on a tiger!
Have you seen my other blog posts about my visit to Thailand?  Check them out at the links below:

A Trip to Thailand
Mae Sa Elephant Camp
Tiger Kingdom

After the elephant camp, the tour package I bought in Chiang Mai took us to what’s called the Tiger Kingdom. It’s basically like a zoo with just tigers, and for a small additional fee, tourists can actually go inside the cages and pet them! I found it completely mind-blowing that I was almost the only person in our large tour group who wanted to do that! 

 So, for the equivalent of about $15, I got to get up close and personal with three full-grown female tigers! At the keeper’s instructions, I got to pet them, handle their back paws, wrap their tails around me, lie down with my head on their backs, and rub their tummies! The keeper was nice enough to take pictures and video for me with my camera; click here to watch a short video of my tiger experience. 
(Fun fact I learned: a group of tigers is called a “streak”.)

After the tiger experience, our tour guide took the group to our third destination.  Click here to read about my visit to the Orchid Nursery.  A beautiful as it was, nothing could hold a candle to lying down on a tiger!

Did you see my post about our first stop?  Click here to read about my visit to Mae Sa Elephant Camp.  Or, click here for pictures and descriptions of Chiang Mai city scenes, including night markets and a tuk tuk.

Recently I got to spend a few days in Chiang Mai, Thailand, at an EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) conference.

What an interesting country!
I was there to present a workshop about  publishing, based on my experiences publishing my own books in Kindle and paperback formats. 
In the evenings and on the last day after the conference was over, I used every spare moment to explore Chiang Mai and do all the touristy activities I could. 
My coworkers and I visited nearby “walking streets” several times. 

Click here to watch a short video I took of live music being played on a walking street.

Much more touristy than the night markets where I live in Taiwan, these walking streets sold not only food and clothes but souvenirs of all sorts.

Speaking of food, click here to watch a short video I took of a woman at a roadside stand preparing a delicious snack for me: chocolate banana rotee!

The gorgeous artwork below was cut from and painted on pieces of cow and buffalo hide!

These delicate flowers were carved from soap!

Aluminum cans find new life in these little model vehicles.

This is one of the real vehicles the models are based on.  A “tuk tuk” is a tiny taxi with open sides and seating for two passengers (three in a pinch – but don’t expect a comfy ride!).

The view from the back seat of the tuk tuk.

Words of wisdom from and about the driver.  How nice to know he’s a good man!

My favorite part of the trip was a tour package I enjoyed on my last afternoon there.  Click on the links below to read my posts about three exciting experiences (okay, two exciting ones and one beautiful one)!
Mae Sa Elephant Camp
Tiger Kingdom
Orchid Nursery