Elephants and Tigers!

Trip Start Aug 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2011

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Hi everyone,

So we left Bangkok Friday evening after the craziest of taxi rides yet. The driver was singing along in Thai but to the wrong words and the shooting bad drivers with is imaginary (finger) gun! We got to the sleeper train which was no trouble to find and once onboard settled down ordering food and drink for the journey until we had a funny moment watching a guy by the side of the tracks pointing what looked like a real gun (probably not) at himself. Ems thought he was crying to top it all off....! A guard came round about 8pm and made up beds which pulled down from the ceiling and by 9pm the whole carriage was tucked up in bed. Great experience.

Arrived in Chiang mai, met our hostel taxi, were made to stand still in car park respecting the national anthem, checked in and had a nap for 2hours to recharge from the bumps of the train. We then decided a nice stroll around Chiang mai,which is lovely would be the best thing. We stumbled across a night market, fantastic and huge... ate a number of different Thai specials including some amazing prawns. Unfortunatly the monsoon struck again so raced back to the hotel sheltering along the way.

Today was a great day. Elephant orphanage first thing, where we fed them and watched them paint some amazing pictures and played football, yes thats paint pictures. They gaves us hugs with their trunks and put hats on our heads. Then our driver, (5pounds for the day) took us to the Tiger Kingdom, where we both had an awesome experience and Ems cuddled a 4month old cub. It Was amazing and Ems was in heaven-like cuddling a baby!!!!!!!! We also got to stroke the Big tigers, exciting but also a little scary knowing how powerful they are! 

After that we randomly drove up the mountainside to about 1500m and walked to a hilltop temple to see some amazing views of Chiang Mai. Tomorrow we start our Jungle trek and tribe visit!!

Lovely to read the messages from you all,

Lots of Love

Mike and Ems
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Mum Liz on

Wow ! It sounds as if this is becoming the trip you wanted. I can just imagine you with that baby tiger Emily. Elephant orphanage too. Just enjoy every experience. The night in the jungle may be a bit of a challenge but just embrace the wild life experience and spray yourself well !
can't wait for next episode.

Dad J on

So good to hear from you earlier, sounds like you are having some wonderful experiences - I'm so jealous! Look forward to seeing some photos soon.

Rich the godfather on

Mike, why is it that Emms looks happier with the little pussy cats than you do?

Nan and Bamp. on

Hello you two! Lucky lucky people. We are coming to join you !!!!
Love the photos especially the tigers.Would love to do the elephant trail but not sure about sleeping out in jungle.Make the most of every day. Lots and lots of love. xxxxxxxxxx

Aunty Margaret on

I love your photos and comments .Go on enjoying it as it beats working any day. Any room for me?have you had a bumpy ride on an elephant yet? keep posting photos ,Theyare so good to look at

Dad J on

Just seen the photos - was the tiger tranquilised? Can't even imagine Betty Kitten letting you get that close.

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