Thailand – Chiang Mai new year and elephants

We’re still in Chiang Mai. We have debated spending the next four months here but have decided to move on to Myanmar on Thursday.

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New years was spent watching people send lit pieces of paper up in the air. A personal highlight was watching a Japanese family set off a lantern which subsequently hit a lamp post, imploded, and the ignited wreckage hurtled towards a batch of bewildered Koreans – the mother religiously filmed the entire thing. (p.s. sorry for the black spots on my photo – my iPhone has decided that after three long years it has deserved the right to contract cataracts).

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Anyhow, we went to a Jungle Elephant Sanctuary – there was no riding so we felt like little angels for the entire day. We learnt that elephants have no stomachs and have just a small intestine. Luckily I own a chocolate labrador and thus know this anatomy very well. On a more serious note, it was nice to see that a nation was taking more of a environmental stance on the animals which grace their land. The workers really cared there, and it was nice to see them treating the elephants with a respect much you would for your naughty little brothers. I can confirm the elephant below is not dead and is in fact having a wash.DSCN0086.jpg

I’m now going to take my pious environmentalist hat off, step down from my speakers platform and return to eating grilled cheese and ham toasties from a side street 7-11 store. I bid you adieu.

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