After Tiger Leaping Gorge we headed south to Xishuangbanna, just miles from Myanmar and Laos, and not far from Thailand.

After Tiger Leaping Gorge we headed south to Xishuangbanna, just miles from Myanmar and Laos, and not far from Thailand.

 

A friend we met along the way relaxes in front of our bamboo hut. Evening temperatures in the sixties proved we were a long way from Northern China.

A friend we met along the way relaxes in front of our bamboo hut. Evening temperatures in the sixties proved we were a long way from Northern China.

 

Bamboo bridge.

A bamboo bridge.

 

And Lacey crossing it.

And Lacey crossing it.

 

Sun breaks the clouds outside Jinhong.

Sun breaks the clouds outside Jinhong.

 

Late afternoon at the gorgeous Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens.

Late afternoon at the gorgeous Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens.

 

Botanical Garden palms.

 

Botanical Garden bridge.

 

Sun sets on the gardens.

 

Bamboo stand.

 

Traditional houses in Xishuangbanna are built on stilts, with this unusual shape up top.

Traditional houses in Xishuangbanna are built on stilts, with this unusual shape up top.

 

Gardens outside a traditional Xishuangbanna town.

Gardens outside a traditional Xishuangbanna town.

 

Some of our explorations required ferry crossings.

Some of our explorations required ferry crossings.

 

We took another two-day trek before heading north again. After a bumpy 5-hour ride, the trek began in this remote village and would take us right to the border with Myanmar.

We took another two-day trek before heading north again. After a bumpy 5-hour ride, the trek began in this remote village and would take us right to the border with Myanmar.

 

Late-day scenery.

 

Xishuangbanna sunset, part 1.

 

Xishuangbanna sunset, part 2.

 

Xishuangbanna sunset, part 3.

 

This camera-shy little boy and his family fed us and put us up. The next day, he hiked and rode back to Jinhong with us, his first time ever visiting a city!

This camera-shy little boy and his family fed us and put us up. The next day, he hiked and rode back to Jinhong with us, his first time ever visiting the city!

 

On the way toward the Myanmar border, we hiked through some gorgeous rain forest . . .

On the way toward the Myanmar border, we hiked through some gorgeous rain forest . . .

 

. . . and some tragic deforestation.

. . . and some tragic deforestation.

 

But this is the kind of scene we'll remember best!

But this is the kind of scene we’ll remember best!

 

 

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