The Chiang Mai Blog
Song kran is one of the biggest festivals in Thailand. It represents the New Year and happens every year between the 13th-15th April; following the lunar calendar similar to that of many Asian countries. The festival traditionally involves people pouring water over...
The tourist industry in Thailand has put a strain on the elephant population of this country. It used to be the case that elephants were captured from the wild, often at a young age, and then trained to do tricks or to give rides. Although this practice may still...
We at GVI Chiang Mai work very closely with the village in which we are based. The village itself is a traditional Karen hill tribe village, about 4 hours or so from Chiang Mai, so it’s a great experience to actually live here and become part of the community....
Being a popular project, GVI Chiang Mai often has a lot of volunteers on project at any one time; this can sometimes be a slight problem when trying to find somewhere to sit on base. With the capacity of our project set to be raised, in April, by adding 2-3 more...
GVI volunteers and staff completed their anuual GVI Trust challenge where they spent 48hrs sleeping out in the forest, living with the bare minimum and putting their survival skills to the test. All of the volunteers were assigned teams, each trying to fundraise as...
The main feature of the GVI Chiang Mai program is the elephant conservation and the studies into how semi-wild elephants differ to captive elephants. The things we look into involve the way that the elephants in our two herds interact with each other, but after the...
My penultimate weekend with the GVI Chiang Mai project brought with it one of the most truly incredible experiences of my entire life. In fairness, I have caught myself saying that same sentence time and time again here in Thailand, but it truly is an astoundingly...
Ya tee go zoo brah go mah nee (“I see gibbons everyday”) Oh, ah go zoo brah me law Roger (“Oh, there’s a gibbon named Roger”) These are the general reactions of the local Karen villagers about the topic of gibbons, giving the less experienced GVI...
After the very wet hike to the cave, it was time to dry off…. Many of our small group stripped off some of the wetter outer layers and began trying to get them dry by the fire’s heat, including Old Chief who was holding his signature trilby hat above the...
I’ll be honest, being from Scotland, I pride myself on my ability to brave the wind and rain, mostly, without complaint (okay maybe that’s a lie); and the prospect of hiking in Thailand during rainy season was not something that phased me. However, it would only take...
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