Wednesday night was the night we decided to see what Chiang Mai's night life had to offer. After our evening meal, we went looking for cocktail bars, coming across a few dodgy looking ones displaying British men surrounded by about five Thai women. These bars weren't for us. We did, however, find a touristy bar called 'John's Place', which was cheap and cheerful. Here, we got talking to two other travellers, Dan and Geraud, from England and Switzerland, respectively.
It was a really fun night, we also got chatting to another group of tourists finding one of them was from bristol and that his brother was in Hollie's year in primary school- small world, he was also studying economics at swansea which is Hollie's plan come september. Another slightly less major coincidence was that Dan is from Ripon, the same place as Jess's yorkshire cousins live
we got on really well with Dan and Geraud so we were disappointed to hear they were leaving the next day. We found out later on in the evening though that Dan was planning to go on a road trip, and said he could stop back through on the Friday so we could join
him after our elephant trip on thursday.
Thursday was an absolutely brilliant day, albeit Hollie throwing up in a mini bus (not due to a hangover, but because of dodgy fruit...). We first went to an elephant camp, which we were a bit apprehensive about because we weren't particuarly keen on seeing elephants playing football and painting, however, on arrival we saw that the elephants were happy and had lots of space to walk around in a natural environment. The first thing we did at the elephant park was bamboo rafting, which was very relaxing to just sail down the river and see beautiful surroundings.
Next we saw the elephants bathing in the river and then an elephant show where they demonstrated how they could do group activities, such as a little routine to music as well as one or two older elephants who had been trained to do football and paint, the paintings were actually impressive...! Our elephant ride was next, quite bumpy, but a worthwhile experience and we fed our elephant sugar cane and bananas along the way.
After leaving the elephant camp, we headed to Tiger Kingdom! There were many things offered here, for example we could
play with the newborns (the most expensive unfortunately) and we could also sit and stroke some of the older tigers. We chose to see a medium sized tiger. Walking into their large natural cage, we saw two beautiful, big tigers called Leo and Sophia. We both stroked them, sat with them and took a lot of photos! The experience was absolutely incredible, we both wanted to take a tiger home with us afterwards!
That evening we met up with Dan for a meal after he had seen Geraud off to china and ate at a restaurant near the bar we had met at, after a lovely meal and some massive milkshakes we went to a reggae bar with live music for a drink before heading home.
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