When I was a little girl I had a random obsession with elephants (especially the pink stuffed kind). Ever since then, it has been on my bucket list to see real elephants in the wild. This was our first time in Asia and although it made our trip a little more complicated, I was determined to fit a few days in Thailand.
I had a lot of planning help from my friend Brooke who had just done a Thailand trip a year or so ago. Since time was limited we only visited Chiang Mai, rather than the south where all the beaches are (that will be our next trip ?). We stayed at the cutest airbnb with an amazing host (you can book the same one here), and felt like a local walking all around the neighborhood. There’s a mall a few blocks away with the most amazing food court. Imagine every type of asian food packed into one little room with a million food stands. I was in heaven, not to mention that a giant plate of chicken pad Thai and a coke was about 150 Thai Baht, which is less than five dollars. And I had mochi ice cream every single day we were there! Of course we could not leave without getting a $20 one hour massage either.
Our day with the elephants was everything I thought it would be. I chose the Blue Elephant Thailand Tours because Brooke had experienced this organization and I wanted to be sure I was only giving business to an ethical company. We were picked up and driven about an hour north into the jungle of Chiang Mai. Our group was small, just three couples: One couple from Germany, another from Georgia who was doing a backpacking trip around the world (amazing), and Chris and I. We spent the whole day feeding the elephants, hiking with them, bathing them, and getting to see how they interact with their “humans”. When a baby elephant is born, one of the village boys is assigned to him/her. They grow up with them and are responsible for them during the tour. It was amazing to see the elephants come walking into the village from the jungle when they heard their “human” call for them. It is like a boy and his dog! Elephants are so majestic and after that day, I love them even more.
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