Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai: Ele-FUN 15:09:14

So this is my third attempt at posting this same diary entry… I have had to rewrite it 3 times so I’m hoping its third time lucky!
So today was the day I got to do one of my dreams… Spend a day up close with elephants!
The day didn’t get off to the best of starts as the bus yo pick is up was am hour late. It then took a further 2 hours to get to the jungle which I didn’t find the most pleasurable of journeys as I thought at some points we were going to fall off the edge of the mountain! After a nerve wrecking drive we finally reached high up in a valley. By this point it was mid day. It then took another half hour jungle trek to go into the mountain itself. This was also scary and slippery in all the mud as well as a mosquito haven so now covered in bites.
Anyway we finally got there and I was excited to see three elephants! We carried bananas to give to them too. We were told there was a lot more elephants but they had been moved to another part of the jungle, which was a little disappointing.
We fed the elephants bananas and stokes them and learnt to command the elephants. It was a good experience. We also rode them bare back which was amazing… I was surprised just how uncomfortable and hairy they are!!
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We even managed to get a selfie each with one!!

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One in particular took a liking to me by trying to kiss me with his trunk!!
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There was also a waterfall which was lovely.

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All in all a good day and experience. I would have liked more time with them and even though this was meant to be a ethical government run project I still question the ethics of how well the elephants are actually treated.
It was our most expensive trip so far at £25 each and we don’t feel the experience was fully what we had be sold.
There was a lot of travel and lots of sitting around through the day. It was a really long day but I’m finding on this trip a very unique form of entertainment… How many random places can Nkosi fall asleep and can I take a seldie without waking him haha! This was on a bumpy ride home in the most vertical seats ever… Good job nkosi!

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We got home about 6pm and decided to go to a sushi restaurant which had been recommended. Think yo sushi but you cook your own meat! Nice bit slightly pricy at £7 each although this included all soft drinks and buffet eat as much as you want for 2hours. Nkosi made sure we got our money worth!!!
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After that it rained on the walk back… Calling for only one thing…tuk tuk travels!
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On a sad note I found out today that the company I left to go travels announced administration today. I’m dedicating this post to some of the most amazing people to work with in business; the #phones4u family. I wish you all the luck in the world to find new jobs and opportunities which I’m sure surround you. Love always x

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