The Grand Napat
Travel Blogs from Chiang Mai
... hanging on to the back. The market was closing by the time we got there at 12, so we looked at the few things we could find. After that had petered out, we went to a bar by the market and had a few beers. Most went back at about 1, but we stayed on a bit longer, had another beer and then finally got a taxi to take us back to the hotel. And that's it for Sunday! Hope you're all well back in England, oh yeah the heat is much more bearable here in Chiang ...
... river with the elephants and threw buckets of water over them to cool them and using a flat pebble, scrubbed them down. We looked after one of the older elephants who was 70 years old and blind in her right eye. She seemed to enjoy herself and especially when we got to feed her watermelon directly into her mouth (no trunk required!).
Just as we went over to watch some elephants playing in the water, we got calls from all the guides and mahouts that we needed to ...
... us pet their faces, trunks and bellies. Each elephant has it's own mahout (handler), but none of them use any type of instrument to control the animals. The elephants responded to a series of commands, but were never forced to do anything. Seeing the bond between the massive animals and their tiny mahouts was really beautiful. Even the blind elephants were not hesitant to show their affections to their mahouts by ...
... a wonderful experience I'm not sure that I would want to do it again. As we left the elephants were once again chained, not free. When we bathed and scrubbed them, they were not reveling in the attention and fuss, but instead looked at me with disinterest; the same old routine.
Bamboo rafting and waterfall: Still in our mahout wear we passed through the jungle to a clearing-where I ran my hair under a waterfall 'Peter Andre' style! On ...
... random food that seemed like he'd picked earlier and just left until we got there! We had mango, lychees and bananas that were all fresh! Then we headed to a random cave that was pith black but some guy of his torch out and showed us the mineral stones which were pretty cool. The hike itself wasn't that strenuous and the hard work was the down hill bits because of it being steep. We had a few rest breaks which seem to be more for some guy rather than us, he seemed knackered...then ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking