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Peter & Tatjana Bak
PO Box 61 Muang,
Chiang Rai 57000,

M. Peter      +66 (0) 85 719 9810
M. Tatjana      +66 (0) 81 169 6268


Whenever we get visitors or volunteers we always take them on an outing. Where? Well… that depends on the visitor. We have many different places we can take them like temples, the Golden Triangle, the elephant village, or a mountain where they grow coffee and tea. This time we combined several things into one trip that took us by a water dam, tea plantations and eventually to the coffee village. The coffee village, Doi Chaang, lies at 1600 meters altitude and the trip there is very beautiful. The coffee plants are in full bloom at this time of year and at the end of this month they will start with the harvest. At the water dam you can wash your car and yourself all the while sliding down a concrete slope. It is really a gathering place for the population.


Pedestrian crossing!

During the rainy season the streets and sidewalks become very green and slippery and we end up having to clean it. The best way to do this is to use a pressure washer. This seemed like a nice job for Nathan. When he was about half-way done he got bored and started to get some creative ideas. He started making a pedestrian crossing in the street and then decided that it would be good to also have a parking ban on that section so he made the sidewalk edge black and white. That’s how dirty the street gets during rainy season.
It’s good to see that you can have so much fun while working.


Vacation and sitting still!

Sitting still is not something that Peter is good at. Peter is happiest when he has something to do. We went to a province called Naan, which has very beautifully forested mountains. We drove through those mountains for hours and sometimes we were up so high that we were driving in the clouds. It was very beautiful there. We visited a cave, weavers, a 150 year old wooden house and played many games.
The second week of our vacation we met up with friends in Chiang Mai. We got invited to stay with them in the mountain village where they work and live. We had stayed with them several years ago and had many good memories from that time so it wasn't hard to say yes to their offer. We had a couple of amazing days with them laughing, playing games, having serious conversations, and doing work. Peter and Nathan helped with building and painting projects while I, Tatjana, helped clean the legs of the chickens. Yes, living chickens with dirty feet because of the muddy ground. They had little clumps of clay stuck to their feet. 1 person held the chicken while the other tried to clean the feet.
We all wanted to stay longer but as the saying goes: "there is a time for coming and a time for going."
We are thankful for friends!


Conference in Sukhothai

Early in August we, Peter, Tatjana, and Nathan, had a conference in Sukhothai. We were there for 4 days with colleagues from different ministries throughout northern Thailand. 7 staff from our ministry also came to this conference. It was a time of learning, meeting new people, meeting up with friends, and relaxing.
The city of Sukhothai is in a province by the same name and is situated in Northern Thailand. This city is over 700 years old and used to be the capital city of Thailand before Ayutthaya and now Bangkok. Sukhothai enjoyed a golden age under the reign of Ramkhamhaeng the Great, as he is now known. Ramkhamhaeng is also known for his design of the Thai alphabet. So because of him we can now read and write.
The city has many old ruins of temples and the old city wall is still visible in some spots. The oldest part of the city is now a historical site and can be visited for an entry fee. You can walk through it or rent a bike. You can also enter with your car but you have to pay extra for that. If you love history then this city is definitely worth visiting.


Vacation to Nan and Chiang Mai

During our vacation we (Peter, Tatjana and Nathan) did and saw a lot of things.
One of the most interesting of all experiences was one that happened while we were staying at a hotel in Chiang Mai located near the train station, called the “Bossotel”.
While me and my dad were walking towards our hotel room, just returning from a visit to a grocery store, we witnessed a spectacular event that was worth capturing on my cellphone.
What happened was that the hotel had hired some people to fix a lightbulb in the lobby, and so a group of 5 people came to finish the job.
Now, I have seen many crazy things in Thailand that were totally against the Dutch safety regulations, but this was the best I have ever seen.

Here is the pic:

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