Chiang Mai was my favorite city I visited in Thailand. I love it because it is rich in Thai cultural and parts of it have not become modernized and westernized. My two favorite activities in this beautiful city were shopping and a three-day elephant trek, which I highly recommend. It's a once in a lifetime adventure!
The Night Market
The Elephant Trek
By far, this is one of my most favorite events in life! Basically, the elephant trek consists of three days traveling through the Thai jungle-mostly via hiking, but also via elephant and rafting. We stayed two nights in different Thai minority villages, living among the Thai villagers. So much culture! Since Pictures speak 1,000 words:
Doesn't it look like the Shire??
Our elephant guide let us rid the elephant for real! It kind of hurt...they have really prickly hair.
Then our elephant blew snot on us. And someone captured the moment.
What the villages looked like-we slept 12 people in one of those little huts, peed in holes, and took "showers" in buckets. I just didn't shower.
Common sights to see in the village:
A Nursing Sow (aren't the piglets too cute?!)
A woman preparing a meal-aw, look at the cute puppies...too bad they had scavies or I would've petted them!
Every body's got a water buffalo!! In Thailand, they do!
The kids performed cultural songs and dances for us...and the itsy bitsy spider. The kid on the right was HILARIOUS. He was obviously ticked that his mom made him wear a skirt and dance with the girls, so he made sure to misbehave.
We ended our adventure rafting down the river. One of the group's rafts broke, though.
If you ever go to Thailand, YOU MUST DO THIS!!
Delightfully Loving Adventure,