Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Railay Beach, Island Monkeys and Chiang Rai

We have been a little neglectful posting lately due to lots of travel but we have a slew of posts ready to go–and to reward you for your patience I have pictures and videos of BABY MONKEYS!

We made it to Railay last week where we met up with Francie’s friend Jen and then hit one of my favorite beaches in the world.  It’s really beautiful AND has a troop of monkeys that show up around 4-5pm looking for tourists to hand out grilled corn on the cob and bananas. 

Here is Jen (and a cute cat)

Jen and cat

Railay beach complete with sunset.

Railay Beach 2

 Railay Beach

 Railay Sunset

This is a monkey

Railay Monkey

One of my favorite things about these monkeys is watching them around the people. 

I call this one “Monkey See Monkey Do”:

Monkey See Monkey Do

There were also quite a few baby monkeys this year-including this video of a very very new baby monkey holding on to its mother

This next photo shows what happens when a ‘teenager’ monkey holds the hand of Francie for a minute (“you don’t know where that Human’s hand has been”!).  Mother is not happy!  Notice how the other little monkey is like “mom’s on a tear and I gotta get out of here”.

Bad baby monkey

We also went climbing to a lagoon on Railay that is hard to get to.  Here is a picture of that Francie took:

Climbing on Railay

After Railay we flew from the south of Thailand through Bangkok to the very northern town of Chiang Rai.  Here is a video of the big night market–and here is a picture:

Chiang Rai Night Market

Yummmm.  Fried Cockroaches.  It reminds me of that children’s book “How to eat fried worms”.

Cockroaches at Night Market

There were mostly Thai people at the night market in Chiang Rai with very few westerners which is always great.  Plus the north just feels less-resorty than the islands.  On stage were various acts of Thai entertainment–the whole community of Chiang Rai turns out for a nice evening.

Chiang Rai Night Market Entertainment

Back at the hotel room we have a tired looking Francie on the ol’ rotary phone.  Who you gonna call?  GHOSTBUSTERS!

Green Phone Francie

Next we will post about the wonderful little town called Mae Salong that has tea plantations, ponies and more.  Stay tuned 🙂

February 12, 2007 - Posted by | Pets, Photography, Travel


  1. greg, are you eating any of these bugs you’re posting pictures of? because, i mean, you should be. ps- how to eat friend worms was one of my favorite books in elementary school.

    Comment by ben | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. and by “friend worms” i mean “fried worms”. freudian slip. probably.

    Comment by ben | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. Oh my god! Those roaches! Ick ick ick ick ick!!!! Maybe I don’t want to go to Thailand after all.

    Comment by Jill | February 13, 2007 | Reply

    Ethan made motions of throw-up
    However they looked crispy, cute and uneaten on the plate.
    It is all in the presentation!

    Comment by Jeff | February 14, 2007 | Reply

  5. Hey, with the mission-impossible lead-up to the mystery “hidden lagoon” I’m feeling jipped that there wasn’t a pic of it…did the spider-man effort pay off?

    Comment by Rob | February 14, 2007 | Reply

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