27.03.2017 - 05.04.2017
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.
Seeing how happy the elephants were out in nature, being fed and cared for made my heart feel so big.
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..
And the mud bath and subsequent river shower were probably the most fun I've ever had with animals..
Ok, just a couple more of these beautiful creatures..
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..
So if anyone wants some Thai curry when I get home... hit me up!
Also.. couldn't forget to visit one more Buddhist temple..
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)..
The White Buddha..
And a great viewpoint..
All accessed by scooter. My new favourite form of transportation.. look how happy I am!..
Aaaaand now.. the last spot in Thailand and Asia!!! Chiang Rai.
First the interesting design and detail of the White Temple (Wat Rhong Khun)..
And buildings and art of the Black House (Baan Dam) ...
The beauty of the Choui Fong tea fields...
Green tea everything!!
And the colours of the Maeh Fah Luang garden.
Orchids to die for!
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.