The girls Chiang Mai adventure

Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
Trip End Mar 22, 2009

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Poor Aili was sick after a Burger King of all things. Ironic that chicken feet, duck's feet, bamboo worms and baby fish with eyes intact didn't seem to bother her a bit. We were due to trek out on the same day as Tony, but postponed a couple of days just in case she didn't feel up to it.

We took an easy day on Tuesday, catnapping till noon, then over to Same Same for a wake-up smoothie. She seemed pretty perky so we decided to go to the night safari park. We  flagged down a tukky with a cute puppy on board called Honda, and the driver called Air popped the puppy on his lap as he drove out to the safari. He agreed to wait for us, and snuggled down to sleep with Honda, while we went inside. The sun was turning amber and heading down through the haze towards the crest of the forested hill all around us. Night comes on quick in Thailand, so we knew we didn't have long before dark.
Aili led the way with her safari map, and we began a 1.2 km walk around a central lake. We saw lemurs on a little island and then chimps. We saw a tortoise village including two giant ones, and Aili wasn't convinced they were alive. Then two beautiful silver tigers, languidly relaxing on a wooded hillside, making grumbling noises. We walked along, taking in the warm air, monkeys hooting, peacocks screaming, and big cats rumbling from somewhere. There were various fascinating animals, tapirs, beautiful jungle cats, clouded leopard, capybara, eagles, black panthers, jaguars, and we were chatting away, before rounding a corner to see about eleven black bears separated by a ditch not even 2 metres deep. They are BIG. Aili cried, and I hurried, but they must not have been hungry cos they paid us little attention. Then hyena, same ditch, and very interested in us. They always look kind of evil a bit to me. We hurried round the rest of the trail, and jumped on a safari truck to see the big predators as night closed in. They are much more fun at night, and active. We saw everything up close under the pancake moon, lions, tigers, puma, and it was sanuk (Thai for fun). We took another safari tram to see elephants, zebra, giraffe and all sorts of savannah wildlife.

After we'd seen all the animals we got to feed a tiger cub and watch a laser show with high water fountains. We had to wake Air up and cuddle Honda all the way home.

Next day we went to snake farm and monkey school
Then we went on elephant trek

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