One of the best places that we visited whilst in Thailand last month, was The Elephant Nature Park. Based to the north of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, it was founded by Even Lek in 1995, as a sanctuary for elephants rescued or retied from hard labour or abuse. The elephants are allowed to roam freely across the many acres of land and they choose their own companions and they live a very happy life eating, hanging out, bathing and socialising.
The park is open to day-visitors for a fee of around £50 (inc. travel and lunch) where you are taken to meet the elephants in small groups, feed and bathe them and generally watch them be themselves. It’s not that hard to do a little research online to find a place like this and that is exactly how I found them.
One of the first things that Josh wanted to do as soon as we arrived in Chiang Mai, was to hire a motorbike. Not just a scooter – we had done that in the past. Oh no, he wanted a bike that was going to make people turn their heads when he revved and also be able to get up a hill without us leaning forward and hoping for forward motion (like on the rickshaw). Seeing as the past couple of trips of ours had involved bad vehicles, it was not too surprising that he wanted to ramp things up and with a little research, hired the lovely, big, shiny red bike you see above.
Khaosan Road, Thailand – all new and shiny like in that film with Leonardo DiCaprio!
We first visited Thailand in 2008 (5 years ago), on the way to live in Australia. We had packed up our life in the UK – gave up the lease on our flat, gave up our jobs, saved money and shipped items to our pal in Melbourne with dreams that we could see what was out there in the big-wide world. As it stood, we were both pretty green at this travel malarkey and hoped that a few weeks backpacking in Thailand on the way would help savvy us up a bit and also give us a very well-deserved break after all of our organising. Yet it seemed that our most recent trip (our third time there) was one of the best.
Last month, we visited Huay Kaew Waterfall and Mon Tha Than Waterfall, both on Doi Suthep Mountain, Chiang Mai.
As you can see – the afternoon’s activities resulted in us being impressed. Very impressed indeed.
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Are you as obsessed with knowing where you are and how to get to places when you travel? Having driven across so many countries means that we usually need to know where we are in order to get a sense of the town – especially if we can’t read the language. It makes the overall experience richer for us, the actual “travel” bit that is.