Sunday November 11, 2018

Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lordand will be repaid in full.

I don’t know where to begin. Today was a wonderful day with my family and our host, Wat, who took us up to Doi Phu Kha National Park. The drive through this national park is  stunning and completely breathtaking, plus the winding roads through the mountainside was a lot of fun for the kids. Words and pictures just cannot do this place justice. What is really amazing is that this national park is also home to ancient salt wells and the mountain villages throughout this area still mine for salt, which can be used from spa treatments to cooking. We were able to stop at one of these villages called Bo Kluea and we fully took advantage of the myriad of salt scrubs and spa treatments, to the wonderful snacks and food (including salt boiled eggs where the eggs are boiled in brine). We made a stop at a coffee shop for drinks and then were off again through the beautiful mountainside towards Nan for dinner at the night market.

This was such an awe-filled day, from the views and scenery to the food and wonderful company of Wat. The kids were happy and got along the entirety of the day, which was a nice reprieve. The people of Thailand are some of the happiest and nicest people I have ever met; every person that I see or talk with has a smile plastered on their face. I heard that this was the “land of a thousand smiles”, but I had no idea how true this statement actually was. I guess I just didn’t think it was possible given that in the US most people won’t even look at you if they don’t know you. This place is definitely one of the friendliest and most welcoming place I have ever been.

I am going to let pictures show you just what we experienced today, though as I mentioned previously, they still don’t do it justice!

 

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