Whilst exploring Chiang Mai we couldn’t resist booking an all-day elephant sanctuary and trekking tour costing 1,300 THB per person including pick up at our hotel at 08.30am.
As we all crammed in to the back of the van making various pick ups along the way, we drove out of the city to our first stop; The butterfly park. After such a tight squeeze, it was nice to get out and stretch our legs. We wandered around the park looking at the flowers and butterflies (most of which were huge!) whilst capturing some photos.
Back on the van we then headed off to our next stop, a traditional Thai Village. A local Thai lady talked us through her day to day life in the village where she would make necklaces and other bits of jewellery to sell. As she showed us around her little home you could see the difference between village life and city life.
After learning about local village life we then walked up to a view point overlooking the village; along the way there were jasmine flowers and pineapples growing.
Back on the bus we drove through the rainforest, until we arrived at the elephant sanctuary (we were both very excited for this!). Whilst here we were told about these magnificent animals as we fed them bananas which they would take from you with their long trunks (mind if you weren’t paying attention they would just take them out your hands regardless).
Afterwards we had the chance to go in the river to help wash the elephants; even though it looked a bit grim and dirty I was straight in, slowly followed by Vicky. These incredible majestic creatures just towering over us were so massive and beautiful when you’re up close to them. They say elephants never forget well this was an an experience we would definitely never forget. A lot of places in Thailand put wooden chairs on the elephants back and let you ride them but this actually hurts the elephants so if you are looking to go see these majestic creatures then please choose somewhere that doesn’t let them be ridden like that. On any day trip, you go on in Thailand, a delicious local Thai dinner is served and this was no exception so tummy’s full we carried on to our next destination.
Following food, we crammed back in to the van and headed even further off the beaten track. Once out the van, we set off with our guide through the towering trees and lush vegetation until we stumbled across a hidden waterfall. The view was breath taking and after a long, sweaty hike, a refreshing jump in the pool was exactly what we needed to cool off.
Our final activity of the day was bamboo rafting. We all piled onto the raft as one of the locals guided us down the river past lush vegetation, where we could see the locals sitting, waving to us outside their homes on the river.
What a day this had been and well worth the money, we would highly recommend this trip, it was one of our favourite days in Thailand.