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Back Home to The Golden Triangle

November 25, 2016


After an absence of some two and one-half years, we were back to The Golden Triangle to see old friends and ride some elephants. It had been too long as other demands kept us in Bangkok or travelling around Southeast Asia in an attempt to find solutions to the current oil price environment. Now that it appears that oil prices will be “low for long,” we decided to go back to our roots in The Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar come together. Our home while there is The Four Seasons Tented Camp. The sunrise view from our tent gives you a sense of why we feel that way. 

We spent some time at the Wang Lao village school soccer pitch riding elephants, hitting a few polo balls from the elephants and visiting with old friends. All of that amused the school children on their day off. John Roberts was on hand to bring us up to date on his activities and plans for our projects in Moo Baan Chang in Surin, Thailand.



However, white jeans were not designed to ride on elephants that were in need of a bath. You will note that my Thai polo teammates chose more wisely than the author.



One of our favorite stops in The Golden Triangle is the Thai border town of Mae Sai across from Tachilek, Myanmar. Mae Sai is a booming market area with many different ethnic hill tribes wearing their distinctive costumes and selling vintage fabric from their villages.



We always spend several hours in Village Product with the charismatic owner, Khun Puangtong. Village Product has a treasure trove of vintage hill tribe fabrics which find their way to The Elephant Story.

Click below to have a personal tour of Khun Puangtong’s shop.

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Antique Bamboo Baskets from the Orient

 
Our bamboo baskets are all hand woven, vintage baskets from the hill tribes of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and other Asian countries.