Day 10 | Chiang Mai

We spent the morning and first part of the afternoon at an elephant park. The elephants in Thailand were all used for labor in the forest. Now that is not allowed anymore. But because all elephants in Thailand have been trained, there are no wild elephants left in Thailand. This means the elephants are not returned to nature, but kept in elephant parks, where they perform shows for tourists and make rides to the jungle.

First we saw how paper is being made from the elephant shit. Next we got the opportunity to get some pictures with the elephants. The show followed. Elephants playing soccer, painting and doing tricks. Before lunch we also made a ride on the back of an elephant and in an ox car. After lunch we went back to the bus on a bamboo raft on the river.

There is a lot of discussion on the elephant parks. And I understand that. Specially because the elephants are never returned to nature is what makes it wrong for me. But… it was a nice day out.

In the afternoon a made a walk through the streets of Chiang Mai and ended up in an indoor market, with multiple floors of local shopping goods. Nice to see, this was really a local market, I haven’t seen a single other tourist there.

The second half of the afternoon we booked a massage, for two hours. I didn’t know I was so flexible.

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Elephant show

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