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October 30th, 2009 – by: jaeWALK
Anyway, i was a bit disappointed upon arriving in Chiang Mai because the weather wasn't what i expected to be.
Oct 30, the following morning it was time to go to the Elephant Nature Park. Eversince i saw it on National Geographic, I've wanted to go there. And now that i am in Chiang Mai, it's on top of my list of things to do. Just a day is enough to get a feel of the sanctuary, and then maybe next time when i come back, do volunteer work for a few days.
The Park arranged for everything that day.
after lunch, it was bath time and it was so much fun!
I also got to meet Lek, the director and founder of the sanctuary. She is such an amazing woman, when I told her i am a photographer she immediately invited me out in the field where there's a herd of elephants grazing. Just me, her, the mahouts (elephant handlers) and a couple of volunteers. Such a special time! I got the VIP treatment from her. And i got some fabulous shots of her and the herd! I'll have them published in a magazine soon and enter them in a photo contest!
Being surrounded by the giants in the field was such a surreal experience. i never thought i'd be that close to elephants in my life. of course the highlight of the day was meeting the woman behind this effort, herself. it is such an honor! Before heading back for CM, she handed me DVDS and some other freebies to bring home. :)
I truly had the greatest experience at ENP and i will surely come back again when i am in Chiang Mai.
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