From Bangkok we travelled to Chiang Mai. Once again we rented a house through Airbnb. This one was easier to find than the one in Bangkok. One thing we really wanted to do in Chiang Mai was to see elephants, but we didn’t want a place which gave elephant rides or forced the elephants to do tricks for tourists. Riding is bad for the elephants’ backs and we wanted a more natural experience. After reading numerous brochures at the local coffee shop (best coffee I had in Thailand – actually probably one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had anywhere), we settled on Dumbo Elephant Spa. We were picked up from a hotel near where we stayed and driven out of Chiang Mai into the mountains. Once there we were given traditional Karen clothing to put on.
There is a family group.
The baby one was really cute.
Then the guides brought out fruit to feed the elephants. I have to admit that I found the elephants rather huge and intimidating. Gorgeous Girl had no such inhibitions.
They have a mud pool that the elephants like to swim in. On the day that we visited the elephants didn’t want to mud bathe. Gorgeous Girl and the two other children who were on the tour made full use of it though.
The elephants also used this as a toilet…
After a while the elephants wandered down to the river so we all followed them. The elephants went swimming and were scrubbed down by the guests. In return they sprayed the swimmers with water. I stayed dry taking lots of photos.
This was a real highlight and well worth a visit.