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More elephants and some dogs too...

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This morning we spent a couple of hours with our guides walking around the grounds and visiting the different elephant families. We first went to see the baby Naveen...he was even cuter today than yesterday and seemed intent on munching on our guide's pair of Converse and generally making an adorable nuisance of himself! Then onto visit more of the elephants in the park where at one point we had to make a pretty speedy getaway as Hope, a teenage male elephant, came stomping towards us and the elephant family we were with. Apparently he can be a bit of a handful so the best approach is to get out of the way when he is around!

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We were lucky enough to be able to bathe the elephants again this afternoon and it was just as much fun as yesterday. Our arms were pretty tired by the end...throwing the water high enough to land on the elephant's back is challenging!

We all then watched Hope take his bath in the river from the stilted walkway. After which he proceeded to spray water up and over everyone who was in the splash zone!

Our last stop was a visit to the dog rescue centre. As well as looking after 34 elephants, the park also has over 370 dogs to care for, many of these rescued during the devastating floods in Thailand last year and in the areas surrounding the park since.

The work that the Elephant Nature Park does is really quite incredible and we've both been touched by what we've seen. Perhaps we'll come back again in the future and spend some time volunteering!

This evening we had a wander down Sunday Walking Street in Chiang Mai which is essentially a normal street every other day of the week except for on Sunday when it turns into a market selling all kinds of crafts, clothing and food! We've decided to come back again next week to feed ourselves on street food and buy some hippie clothing! Tonight, we dined at the Writers Club bar which was recommended in the Lonely Planet. Good work Lonely Planet...it was tasty!

Plan for the rest of the evening...laundry...snore! Needs to be done though as we're fast running out of clean clothes to wear (again)! Early start tomorrow anyway to go and play at being gibbons :-)

Tam xx

Posted by Tam-Jo 03:34 Archived in Thailand Tagged and thailand chiang mai

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