Trip Start Feb 16, 2010
21Trip End Apr 08, 2010
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The first day we were here we look our time exploring the Wats, Chiang Mai has as many wats ans Bangkok, but in a much smaller space so everywhere you turn there are magnificant buildings and monks which fascinates me. The chiangman wat really stood out to us, not only is it a religius temple, there is also a momument there to celebrate the man who created chiang mai, and the sacred elephant encircled stupa stands in the place that he used to sleep.We met a good bunch of people on our first day here o spent the evening have tea with them followed by drinks around the pool
We then ventured out of Chiang Mai for the day to an elephant camp, where we got up close to teh elephants and then went elephant treking through the jungle. you get to ride up on its back which is abit daunghting when it leans forward, but brilliant fun! when we returned to camp we got absolutely drenched by the elephant when it was supposed to be drinking teh wter, instead though it felt th need to throw its trunk over its head numerous times and wet us instead, absolutely amazing! we then headed a little further into the jungle to met a tribe, although it was an experience to say we had doen it, neither of us were impressed as it just seemed liek a 'tribe' that remained there soley for the tourist trade. we then put on our walking shoes and began a mini trek in the jungle, heading towards a waterfall. although it was a hard (and very hot) walk, when we got there the waterfall was stunning, and the mist form it kept us nice and cool. we trekked down strem then and long side the rice paddies, the scenery is breath taking. I never thought id be in a position where my major concern was that at any second a snake could fall out of a tree and bite me! (yes i am a scaredy cat!) we had lunch with locals, and there kindness was overwhelming, until this point we had been very disapointed by the thai people we had met, always after your money or advertising scams
This was supposed to have been our last nighthere but we decided in teh very early hours of reh morning t stay one more day, and today we sat round the pool fter strolling down the side of teh moat to the tha phae gate in the wll surrounding chiang mai, and we did something that the burmese failed to do, and actually got through it. its a very impressive wall, and parts still remain staning around the city. an internal flight has been booked to laos, so we are off to enjoy our last night in chiang mai.