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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 11th 2014

Tuesday Ok, I picked the hotel filled with senior citizens, haha there is a group of about 20, 60 something's hanging here and I have not seen anyone else. I chatted with some of the ladies at breakfast, which was nice, they were all from Chicago, most retired teachers, they'll be here for three days so I'm sure ill at least have people to chat with. i guess when you go for the safe hotel instead of a guest house this is what you get. I have to say as nice as it is, I kindof liked the flavor of my one night guest house. Oh well.Ok, after a good nights sleep and breakfast I found the woman in charge of tours and booked a day bike trip through the countryside for tomorrow and then I ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 10th 2014

Back in the city, Melissa, Abby and I went to my hotel to Check in and she can't find my reservation. She can't find it cause I made it for a day later! All rooms are booked, ugh! They were great and sent us down the street to athru boutique hotel.(tragedy averted) and we all vegged out for a bit, planning a trip to the flower festival and Sunday market. Also, Abby really wanted pizza and had a place to have dinner with all of our left over elephant park friends wandering around Chain Mai. We wandered around and made our way to the Italian restaurant (what??) and we all(about 12 of us) had pizza and actually a pretty great meal. Then we hit the streets. The flower fest was apparently a big deal around here ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 9th 2014

This morning I was lucky enough to have Jodi take me on another elephant walk with just me and mellisa (my room mate) It was so great really Learning about the elephant. Families, and the different personalities. We got to just hang, and observe and take pictures it was AWESOME! Totally everything I would have hoped for! I will be sad to leave tomorrow. Later in the afternoon we were all working on the "firebreak" to create a border around the park in case fires start in the mountains. Basically we were picking up dryer leaves and such off the side of the road. Then we were all given an orange sash and we were sent to tie it on a tree, and make a wish. The reason that you tie the orange sash around the ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 9th 2014

A little cooler and v pleasant further north, over 300 temples and more relaxed (not so relaxing with the tigers though!). Even found a noodle making Norwich City fan and got blessed by a monk at Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep. Plenty of shopping opportunities. A pity we didn't have time to explore more of the north. Off to our final beach bit tomorrow.... read more
Leaping tiger
Alice not so relaxed
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 8th 2014

We got to go to a local school today. They had all these stations set up, bracelet making, Thai massage, traditional dance and a little refreshment hut. I spoke to a teacher for a while and he told me there are five different tribes of children who attend. Some live in the mountains and the bus them in from Monday to Friday to go to school and stay in dorms. They teach them life skills so they can have a job when they are done with school. Having us there helps them practice dealing with foreigners. This afternoon after watching the elephants bathe in the river (I could never grow tired of that) I held a yoga class on the skywalk overlooking the beautiful property. We did a gentle relaxing class and the breeze was gently ... read more
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Elephant sleeping

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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 5th 2014

6am impromptu yoga watching the sun rise, then spent the morning cleaning and cutting pumpkins and watermelon for elephant lunch, they steam squash for the old elephant who can't chew so well anymore. There is a family here that have taken there two kids on the road (to boys,8 and 10 for a year of traveling the world. How cool is that? There is a guy here from Sweden who has never left his home town, and after planning this for years, came to elephant nature park, pretty brave and cool. I also met this tough New York City cop lady who showed up with her heavy NYC accent and her" life is crap "tee shirt ... Jen, after talking with her, she has never traveled either, came alone, lied to her parents (she's 40) and ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 5th 2014

My roommate mellisa and I woke up at 6am and took our cameras and sat out overlooking the property, with the mountains in the background. We waited for the sunrise, and had coffee it was a beautiful way to start the day. We worked in the morning shoveling poop,37 elephants make a whole lot! It wasn't a bad job and we actually got done pretty quickly. I got to feed them from our observation platform, there trunks are so incredibly strong and my elephant liked watermelon and pumpkins and bananas. After that I went to a different part of the sanctuary, where all the dogs are, all 400, rescued from the flood in 2011 and also others that get dumped off. They need attention from people and volunteering with the dogs apparently is a pretty hard ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 4th 2014

Last night I was feeling like I was getting sick, lost my voice and afraid of going to bed too early do to my 3am wakes lately. So I decided to go to Sunday market. The nice guy Nicky, at the desk called me a. Tuk tuk and she picked me up and we raced around in this cross between A golf cart and motorcycle. She laughed the whole way, I don't know what she was talking about but she was sure having fun! I walked around for a couple of hours, it was so jammed! And played the fun game, "which tuk, tuk driver is the pyco murderer?" Guess what? I won, and picked an old Thai guy that I sized up and was pretty sure I could take if I had to.Full night sleep, ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 2nd 2014

Well, after waking up, for the day at 3am to the sound of roosters-dogs and planes, followed up by a 7am presidential speach and song about, well I am not really sure. It was kindof a rough start. Took a sunrise bath in my ceiling less bathroom and I was off and running. I had breakfast and was promptly picked up at 8am for my day of Thai cooking classes. The man who picked me up was quite nice and spoke some English. I asked him about the trouble in Bangkok, with the rioting and political upheaval and he started talking all about the upcoming erection, that's right erection (if you have not figured it out this was in Lui of the upcoming ELECTION. He must have said erection 40 times. It was sad I had ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 1st 2014

Finally got a great nights sleep last night, hurray! Woke up in time to have breakfast and rush off to the spa lady who promised me I would look 10 years tougher with the facial she was going to give me. It was hot, it was cold, it was scratchy and smooth, smelled good and a little not so good. In the end ten years younger might be a stretch, but maybe a couple of years. I decided today is the day I venture out and enlisted the young guy at the redemption desk to help me make an exit stradegy. "ok, go here cost 200 bhat then go here 100 baht, "ill call you a red truck" he said. So I pulled on my big girl pants and grabbed my camera and went to wait ... read more
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