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Thai #2


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So... I returned to Thailand for round 2 starting in Chiang Mai. After the unexpected difficulties encountered in Laos, I decided to console myself by starting with my #1 anticipated activity in Asia... Elephant sanctuary!! OMG. AMAZING. My love for elephants was uncontainable. I hugged them. I fed them. I bathed them. I tried not to cry the whole time. Magical.

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Seeing how happy the elephants were out in nature, being fed and cared for made my heart feel so big.

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This little guy above, Dumbo, kept reaching in my bag before I could even pull out a banana! He was literally the cutest animal I've ever met. I wish he would fit in my suitcase back to Canada.
Getting a couple hugs definitely made my day..

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And the mud bath and subsequent river shower were probably the most fun I've ever had with animals..

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Ok, just a couple more of these beautiful creatures..

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After eating so much in Vietnam and learning about their cuisine, I figured it would basically be a crime not to do the same in Thailand. Spent the day in an outdoor kitchen in the cutest garden..

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So if anyone wants some Thai curry when I get home... hit me up!

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Also.. couldn't forget to visit one more Buddhist temple..

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My next city was the small, hippy, chill town of Pai. I loved my time there.
Took in a beautiful sunset at the canyon (not quite a 'grand canyon' but it'll do)..

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The White Buddha..

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And a great viewpoint..

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All accessed by scooter. My new favourite form of transportation.. look how happy I am!..

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Aaaaand now.. the last spot in Thailand and Asia!!! Chiang Rai.
First the interesting design and detail of the White Temple (Wat Rhong Khun)..

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And buildings and art of the Black House (Baan Dam) ...

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The beauty of the Choui Fong tea fields...

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Green tea everything!!

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And the colours of the Maeh Fah Luang garden.

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Orchids to die for!

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Not a bad bit of sightseeing to finish off the Southeast Asia exploration. The relaxing and beautiful days were just what the doctor ordered.
So, I left Thailand and Asia with a happy heart, still dreaming of elephant kisses but ready for the final chapter.. 3 weeks in Europe with my favourite sister.

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Posted by elliehirch 13:52 Archived in Thailand

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