We spent five days in Chiang Mai, which is the major city in Northern Thailand. On our first day we spent some time walking around the city, following the ancient moat only to find ourselves lost and very hot. There was a cute café a long the way so we stopped and indulged in some smoothies before continuing on. Eventually we found the hotel and sought refuge in the A/C. We are utilizing our time to see the sights and do activities, but we can’t constantly do activities or we’ll have to come home quite sooner! So some days, we do activities, then a day here and there we bum around. Three months is a long time so we have to have chill, normal people days ☺. We are reading a lot of books and trying to blog. We’ve spent much of our time in travel mode, like riding the 14 hour overnight train to get to Chiang Mai.It was actually quite a lovely ride, no complaints!
While in Chiang Mai, we went on a two-day jungle trek where we hiked into the village to stay in a hut, play with elephants, explore a waterfall, meet new people, and hang out with locals. It was such a great experience because we had an awesome group of people! Maddy and Desiree, our Canadian friends, spent some time at an elephant sanctuary where they learned a lot about elephants in the tourism industry and in the wild. At first I was very hesitant to ride them because I never want to do things with animals if it’s an interaction that isn’t in their best interest. However, upon listening to Maddy and Desiree talk about their elephant sanctuary experience I am glad I got to interact with elephants on the trek and be with them in the water, which felt very natural! We hope to go to an elephant sanctuary while here, so after we do, I’ll write more about it. Overall, they learned that tourism is a positive thing for elephants in Thailand because it provides stimulation, care, and funding to support them.
My favorite part of the trek was playing with the elephants in the water. They were so happy to be bathed and would roll over and dunk themselves in the water. McKay’s trainer was on him in the water and invited me up so I didn’t waste any time hopping on! We rode him back to the village then it was time to clean up and eat dinner.
This trek was an absolute blast! I’m glad we met Maddy and desiree because we have continued to hang out since the trek.
On our last day in Chiang Mai, we visited a very beautiful temple, the most incredible one I’ve seen yet. The inside was insane. Wat Chedi Luang, an old temple built in the 1400’s was also an impressive site to see and I was awed by it’s structure!
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