Friday, 11 October 2013

Thailand - Day 3 - Chiang Mai

Day 3

We started out again to explore Chiang Mai with our helpful tour guide Woody. Today we had a pre-booked tour of the Thailand Elephant Conservation Park near Lampang, 1 hour south-east of Chiang Mai. The Elephant Conservation Park is known for its pioneering work in Conservation and Science.

We started out feeding the elephants which Kristen loved! She had them eating out of her hand literally...

Once the elephants had had a gut full of us they took off for the water for a bath.

After Elephant bath time, it was into the amphitheater for the show! 

Elephant Basket Ball

Elephant paintings made while we watched... One of them coming to a lounge room near you ;)

After the show we had a quick look around the museum and then it was back in the van and on our way into Lampang. Once in Lampang we had a quick bite to eat and ride around town in a horse and carriage, then back into the van to visit more Temples... YAY... Temples!

This is the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Temple. (Our tour guide Woody pictured bottom left corner)

In between the temples and monuments, Woody decided to take us to a local farmers market on the side of the highway. It operates every day and is where the locals go to shop. We thought it would be a good, off the beaten track experience. The stalls sold everything from fruit and veg to sun-dried frogs and bags full of live fish. Yum. Then we were off to the next temple.

Wat Chamthewi

Wat Phra That Haripunchai, Maintained by the Royal Family of Thailand, by far one of the most amazing temples we've seen so far.

And then the templing was over and it was time to go home!

After a 40 minute drive we arrived back at our hotel, after a quick rest we were back out into the Night Bazaar for dinner and more shopping, where Kristen proved to be quite the haggler.

Tomorrow is another day of traveling as we're off to Koh Samui, hopefully we're able to keep the blog up to date.


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