Day 9, Elephants!

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At the Butterfly farm

Today was the big day...on the elephant!!! Something i looked forward to the entire vacation. First we had another surprise-stop, this time at a butterfly and orchidfarm/garden. It was beautiful!! A lot of pretty butterflies, and after that a very big greenhouse with rows full of beautiful colored orchids. I really liked looking around there. And made a lot of pictures in the proces.

So on to the elephant camp. First we could look around a bit and feed the elephants. It was 20 Baht for a bunch of banana's...which the larger ones ate in one or two times. It was nice to feed them. I never knew elephant trunks had hairs on it....the little ones have straight standing hairs on their heads too, it was just soooo adorable!!! After that some of the elephants got a bath in a pool closeby, and later we got to see an elephant show.

Feeding the little one :)
We saw them dragging logs, placing the logs on a pile, that sort of things. They also danced, sat up, and one even painted three flowers :) After that we could go on an elephant ride. Elephants are higher then i thought...it was a bit scary to get into the chair, but the ride, which took about an hour, was awesome!! We went through the jungle, through rivers, bushes, over hills, it was great!! And elephants really don't smell as much as people say they do.

When we returned to the elephant camp we could go on a bamboo raft over the river. That was nice, but it took to long and after 10 minutes it got a little boring. So i don't know how long we've been on that raft, but it seemed like half an hour or so....Next ride was in a cart. A cart with oxes in front of it (who did smell pretty bad).

All the way up...
It was a bumpy road, also nice but as said bit smelly ;) And then it was lunch time!! We also could buy pictures that were made when we were on the elephants. In a nice frame with elephants on the sides.

Then we went on to the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. It was quite the ride, up the mountain. 12 km up to be exact. Our guide told us the monks walked all the way up. When we got there we had the choice between the cableride or walking up the 306 steps counting stairs. I choose the stairs ;) I mean i walked the Great Wall!! No way i'm not going to walk up normal stairs! After i got to the top it appeared my physical condition is a bit behind ;) But i got there lol. We had to take of our shoes before we could enter the temple. We got a tour, and had a while to look around on ourselves after that.

Monday to Friday
We also were blessed by one of the oldest female monks. The men were blessed by a male monk, but our Thai guide was a bit superstitious so we had to wait for a female monk.

We left the temple a short while later to look at all the stalls. There were a whole bunch of them and shopped a lot there ;). The had things that we hadn't seen anywhere else. Minor point was when we left for our bus. Another bus with college students crashed the same way we had to go down the mountain. The driver, who was pretty new, made a wrong estimation for a turn and crashed a few metres down the mountain. It had rained so it was a bit slippery apparantly....It was a scary sight to see a bus hanging down a side of a mountain. Later it appeared there were 18 students and the driver who died at the accident and a lot of wounded. It was a sad end of the day then...

At night we had a traditional Khantoke dinner. Well the dinner was ok, some things were really spicy. The show was very nice to see.

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At the Butterfly farm
At the Butterfly farm
Feeding the little one :)
Feeding the little one :)
All the way up...
All the way up...
Monday to Friday
Monday to Friday
Beautiful Orchids
Beautiful Orchids
The Elephant Camp
The Elephant Camp
Ox carts
Ox carts
Stupid hats ;)
Stupid hats ;)
Children selling souvenirs...
Children selling souvenirs...
Start of the stairs
Start of the stairs
Welcome at the Kanthoke Dinner
Welcome at the Kanthoke Dinner
Mai Tai
Mai Tai
Helper of the Buddha
Helper of the Buddha
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photo by: Stevie_Wes