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Travel Blogs from Lamphun
... in 1993 when a lady named Soraida Salwala, a Thai lady who loved elephants and wanted to help the injured ones.
There is a famous elephant here named Motala, who had had her leg blown off by a landmine on the Burmese border. Motala was 38 years old when this happened and would have died for sure. But she continues to live here peacefully and seemingly very well cared for. They have made adjustments to her pen (not that we saw the door closed) like ...
... off by getting changed into these really weird clothes and lied down, and she started, it was nothing like a massage at home, she was doing it over these clothes and very fast movements, I just went with it. She then did what I thought was a relaxing movement, where she held my hands and rocked me, then all of a sudden yanked me to the right, my whole back cracked, I thought I may have broken it! I'm so glad I was facing away from ...
... not use hooks when tourists are around because tourists don't like the hooks, but they would certainly use them once the tourists leave. Our trainer said that the hook is more of a deterrent these days as once they're used on the elephants when they're young, they tend not to act out since the hooks can be quite uncomfortable. We were also told the hooks are used to direct the elephants when people ride them, but using them in the ...
... an elephant per group and then had a talk about basic commands and the history of the reserve we were at.
Our elephant was Mamoon an older female elephant.
Firstly we fed the elephants and the took them down to the river to bathe them with brushes however this basically turned into a massive water fight!
Then back on land we had to get on the elephants - which for the vertically challenged like ...
... little villages
and tropical forest where elephants were stripping vegetation on the roadside.
I found a quiet little restaurant under the coconut palms on the beach at Naiharn
and tucked into a delicious lunch of Papaya salad (Som Tum), Fried noodles with
chicken (Pad Thai) and a plate of fresh fruit plus a bottle of water (Nam). It
was far more than I could eat so a friendly stray dog invited himself to help
me out. The bin (bill) came ...
Other places to stay in Lamphun
204/10 Charmmathewi Road, Tumbol Naimuang, Lamphun | Hotelfrom $27