Sunday, March 10, 2013

Thailand 2/23/2013

Today was the best day of the whole trip!! We started the day by going to the Maetamann Elephant Camp & Rafting. When we arrived there, there was a baby elephant! It was so cute!

 We went to a picnic area that had a bunch of tables and a picnic basket for everyone. Man was that a lot of food!! Every person had their own!

After lunch, we were headed to watch how they bathe the elephants when we came upon these elephants! The trainers told us to stand in front of the elephant and for 20 Thai Baht (75 cents) The elephants trunk would go in between your legs and lift you into the air. It was amazing and fun!

And then a 2 year old was brought over and for 20 Baht we were able to get on it's back. It was so cute! It kept asking for bananas!

 This elephant must have smelled the bananas we had because as we were sitting on it's leg it's trunk all of a sudden showed up in your face asking for food!!!

The elephants then put on a show for us. I loved the dancing that they did. They also played soccer!

We then got to ride the elephants across the river and through the jungle. Elephants are really wobbly to ride. But ELEPHANTS ARE AWESOME!!!!


 After the elephant ride we got a ride in a cart pulled by oxen that also ate bananas. Who knew?

 It was a pretty hot day so we got to relax and cool off by floating down the river on a bamboo raft. It was interesting to see as we floated past more elephant camps, little boys putting out a fishing net, and 3 boys swimming, one of them mooning us, hahaha!

 After hanging out at the elephant camp the tour guide with us on our whole trip contacted the Tiger Kingdom who said they would stay open for us to hang out and pet tigers!
We started with the baby tigers, they were about 4 months old and very playful!


Then came the 9-12 month old tigers. We didn't stay in this cage very long as we were able to get 2 pictures before our camera battery died.


We actually paid to have them take pictures of us and I wish we had done that with all of the tigers. When they take the pictures they are a lot more helpful in getting poses for good pictures!

While I was laying on this tiger petting it, it  started to growl and stand up. Which really freaked me out if you can't tell from the picture below.

The whole time we were in the cage these tigers were play fighting. It was pretty cool to see but I kept thinking, Don't come out of the water!

It was about 7pm when we got back to the hotel so we went and changed our clothes and headed to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. I was a little disappointed with the marketplace as I was expecting a lot of handmade items but it was mainly fake designer clothes and watches. Everything there was the "same same" It was pretty hard to find unique gifts to bring home. It was big though. It took us 3 hours to walk down one side of the street and back.

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