Chaing Mai

Trip Start May 31, 2008
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

After arriving early in the morning after an all night bus ride we decided to walk around the central old city and visit the Wats.  We visited Wat Chaing Man, Wat Phan Toe, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat phan On and Wat Phra Singh.  Our favorite was Wat Phra Singh where all the monks were setting up for a celebration the next day.    The following day we continued on the Wat seeing but these ones where a little out of town so we rented peddle bikes and went on our way.  AWat Umong set in the forest, Wat Jet Yot and Wat Saun Dok.

On day 3 in Chiang Mai it was Elephant day, and what an experience.  We started off in the market where we bought some bananas for us to feed the elephants and then went out to the farm.  At the start we walked around the massive animals feeding them bananas, but we slowly got more comfortable.  When they got two of them to put their trunks together so we could sit down and take pictures, and when they got two young ones to kiss us with their trunks - we were all use to them.  We then learned the commands to steer them and for them to use there front foot to lift us up on their back.  We practiced getting up on them and commanding them around the yard.  After lunch it was time to take them trekking.  Of course, Latha and I (the smallest people) got the largest oldest elephant to take riding.  We went up to a lookout with Latha doing the steering then we switched elephants and Calvin did the driving for the descent.  At the end they took the elephants to a watering hole and we got in with them and got to scrub them and play with them in the water.  They would bounce their heads up and down to splash water and use their trunks to spray us.  What a fun day.

The next day was in Chiang Mai was zip lining through the rain forest.  The exhilarating experience of flying through the forest was very fun and we got to go for almost three hours from platform to platform.  It was a very nice way to see the jungle from above.

On our final day in Chiang Mai we went to a cooking lesson and learned how to cook Thai style.  We cooked green and red curries, Pad thai, Mango salads,steamed mussels, and Chicken Satay.  In all Calvin's dishes were better than Latha's - but who is judging.
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