Chiang Mai, Thailand
Greetings from the poolside of our hostel SK II House!! Having some soup breakfast while writing this blog! We arrived Chiang Mai around 11am, June 16. As soon as you get off the train, there’s loads of people who represents the guesthouses and are trying to convince you they have the best hostel! Today, June 17, we are very excited to hit the road for our day trip for elephant trekking at Maetang Elephant Farm roughly about an hour away from Chiang Mai somewhere in the jungle. We booked this day tour with our hostel host for B1,000 roughly $33. Make sure you bring some cash for tips.
After arriving the elephant farm, our first order of business was the slow ride on the raft along the river for an hour. The weather was perfectly warm and the slow ride was uber relaxing with the most breathtaking of views. Half way through a vendor came up to the raft and we picked up a fresh cracked baby coconut for refreshments which cost B40. I love it!!
Second order was the elephant show for about an hour. The elephants kissed us with their trunks and they put a hat on and off on our heads. These guys have amazing strength! You could feel it when they took the hat off and on us! WOW!! I love elephants! They’re super cool! During the show they played soccer, danced to music, painted a picture and did some tricks. We spoke to the woman in charge about their talent in painting. She said that they never have any idea what they paint because the elephants compose these pictures in their minds themselves during the show. These beings are super smart! They have 4 times the size of our brains and they have over 100,000 muscles!
Third stop is the elephant ride for about an hour. This was definitely a bucket list for me and I’m glad I’ve checked it today!! The ride was breathtaking and being that close to the elephant is surreal! On one of the photos I took off my flip flops and laid my feet on the elephant’s back. We were super freaked out every time the elephant would go downhill but we had to constantly remind ourselves that its so strong and have so much muscles that we were going to be just fine. The view and the sound of nature was so cool. This one is a must do if you ever visit Chiang Mai!
Fourth stop is the ox cart ride. This one was also fun and very different from the rest. Our driver was super funny and helped us with picture taking a lot. He was obnoxious but never dull!
Lastly, we head off to a 30-minute ride to the orchid farm. The orchid farm doesn’t really interest me much but if you’re an orchid fan this must be a great end of the tour! We kind of just hung out and had some cappuccino and took a break then headed back off to our guest house in Chiang Mai.
I love Chiang Mai, Thailand! I could settle there one day and run a guest house with my family.