Golden Buddha and naughty baby elephant
Trip Start Oct 04, 2011
50Trip End Nov 29, 2011
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After a very bad night sleep (or lack of sleep- for some of us at least!) we decided to have a leisurely day today. Took a shuttle minibus to the nearby village of Sop Ruak and wandered around and sat and watched the world go by. Wonderful viewpoint of the Golden Triangle - Burma to the north/west; Laos to the East and Thailand to the south and the Mekong flowing through.
Along the river bank is a series of shrines and an enormous Golden Buddha
The taxis which the hotel had said would be available to take us back didn’t seem to exist but the waiter in the café we were in got us a place on a local Songhai ,a little truck with two rows of seats facing each other which takes the locals around. For 20 Bhat (around 40p) he took us back to the hotel gates.
Back to the hotel and a visit to the elephant camp - the hotel has an elephant rescue sanctuary where they rehabilitate elephants from the cities and let them roam in the forest (and let tourists play at being mahouts for the day for a fee). There was a very small , very cute elephant who kept running away from his mahout - obviously a delinquent from the city!
No internet access for a couple of days now so will post when we can next connect up.