Back to Bangkok tomorrow
24.04.2011 - 26.04.2011 30 °C
I'm really going to miss Chiang Mai, and especially this guest house...
It was so hot and sunny on Sunday, we had a really lazy start to the day, just sunbathing on the roof-top garden and reading. After lunch we decided to do the Lonely Planet Walking Tour of the Wats (temples) as there are so many, it takes you round the majority, or best ones. We started but then the heat got too much and we took a short cut straight to the women's prison! There's this shop opposite it that sells products that the women make in prison, and there's a massage parlour where they have been trained and give massages! It was pretty cool! I think Alex found the idea of getting a massage by an ex-prisoner a bit too creepy so we left!
We ended up find an English pub that was serving Sunday roasts, and Alex got so excited! They even accepted pounds sterling in there, it was all a bit strange, felt a bit too much like home!
I'm not too sure what we did yesterday... The heat has really been knocking us out recently... I think we went to exchange some books at a second hand book shop and had a little wander around. Oh, and then we had the most massive dinner at this Mexican place! Seriously sick of rice and curry now, so was great to eat something different!
In the 7elevens here they sell bottles of margarita (like breezers) for only 32 Baht so we bought a few of those and sat on the roof garden last night. It's so easy to be chilled out here, it just has such a relaxed atmosphere and from the roof you can here the music from downstairs and see lightening but you don't ever hear thunder, and geckos run around, it was a really nice relaxed evening.
Today was probably the coolest day ever! We went on an elephant trek day, and it was just incredible! We got picked up at 8:30am and a minibus load of us went to a local market to buy some fruit for the elephants we were going to be meeting. Its about an hour drive from the old city to the elephant camp, as you go right up the hills towards the mountains.
Once there we got changed into swimming costumes and then our Mahout outfits on top. They're these baggy blue shirt and cropped trousers, not to mention the awesome straw hats!
Then we got to meet the elephants! We then got a lesson in the history of Asian elephants and how they differ from African elephants, and then some basic instructions in how to get on and off (including demonstrations) and how to pronounce the commands for when you're ridding them.
They loved the bananas and watermelon that everyone bought them, and then it was time to get on and go for a ride! Oh my word, it was so funny! I'm not convinced they were listening to us at all, but luckily they're "owners" came with and would help us out when we got stuck! The elephants walked in the shallow river that ran around the valley the camp was in, we had such a beautiful view! The heat was so much for them though they would occasionally refuse to come out of the river, or would stop under a tree for shade and not move for ages, was really funny!
Then came bath time! The elephants walked into a deep bit of river on a bend and lay down for us to slide off into the water. We were given buckets and brushes to clean them with, but of course, it turned into a massive water fight, it was like Songkran all over again! It was so much fun! Really was just such an amazing day, its good to be leaving Chiang Mai on such a high.
Tomorrow we've booked ourselves a spa day with the last of our money, and then we get our bus back to Bangkok in the evening. It's sad to be leaving here. Not really looking forward to going back to Bangkok, even if it is only for 2 days! And then we fly home! I can't believe its almost over! Its gone so quickly!
Can't wait to see everyone back home, hope you have a great week and see you all soon!