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Chiang Mai, Thailand

For all the animal lovers out there !

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Hi everyone! Wow we are getting so far behind on blogs we will still be writing them when we get home! Its hard to believe we have less than a month left! :( We are currently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia we were only planning on spending a couple days here while we waited for our Vietnamese Visas but I seem to have finally caught some awful kind of food poisoning yesterday morning but I'm feeling a bit better today and hopefully ready to get back on the road tomorrow, it was bound to happen eventually! The fact that neither one of us has gotten sick up until now is pretty remarkable (especially if you could see some of the places we've eaten!).

Anyways, back to Chiang Mai. So we arrived early in the morning after a great night train and quickly found a nice cheap hotel with a pool. We spent a day relaxing and checking out the city which was really charming. We knew exactly what we wanted to do while we were there: check out the Chiang Mai Zoo,Tiger Kingdom and get some Mahout Training. Lucky for us the whole place again is geared towards tourism and we booked all three trips directly with our hotel and away we went! I should warn you I hardly took any pictures of the actual city and tried to save the room we had left on our 2nd memory card for the animals over the next few days. So thats pretty much what this whole blog is - animals. Enjoy Shannon :) Our first day we checked out the Chiang Mai Zoo which is absolutely massive! So big that they have a monorail and buses to take you from area to area but of course was not included in the price of the tickets so us cheapo's hoofed 'er on foot, we spent about 4 or 5 hours there, it was a really nice set up and was taken care of very well. Heres a few of our favorite pics:

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That peacock in the last pic put on quite the show after I got a little too close trying to take a close up of its feathers! oops! That evening we went out for some supper and checked out the market. The next day we were heading to Tiger Kingdom! We got to spend the whole morning with these amazing creatures! Definitely an experience that neither of us will forget. I think I got some really good ones for you to draw Mom! Again we took a ton of pictures so here are just a few of our favorites:

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Here are some pics of the actual city. It was a really nice little town we could have easily stayed for alot longer than we did, but our time is running out and we have to stay on the move! We may or may not have spent the next day relaxing by the pool..it was a while ago already and alot has happened since then but either way our last excursion was a full day of Mahout Training (Elephant Training) just when we thought our time here couldn't get any better!

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We got to spend a whole day learning the commands for the elephants to walk around and pick you up, set you down, we trekked through the jungle bareback and took them down to the river for a bath! It was such an awesome day being that up close an personal with them! The baby they have here is quite playful and liked to charge at Jordan and even though she looks small she still weighs about 350 kgs! Her name was Dodo :) My elephants name was Dee and she was about a year and a half pregnant, it takes elephants two years to be full term and they breastfeed for three! Jordan had Dodo's Mom and she liked to hold up the whole pack when trekking through the jungle to stop and scratch her butt on the trees it was so funny! There was one of the trainers taking photos of us the whole day and we got a CD made up of them, but we wont be able to see them till we get home so it will be a nice surprise for us to check them out! We did get photos when we were learning the commands heres a few :

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That last pic is Jordan's elephant giving him a big wet smooch haha! They are more difficult than you would think to ride and are anything but comfortable! Its strange to feel all the muscles and strength it takes for these massive creatures to move! What an awesome day! We were in love with Chiang Mai! The next day we took off for our next country Laos and our longest trip yet, 3 days 2 nights on infamous Mekong River to Luang Prabang!

Posted by apolloandathena 06:13 Archived in Thailand

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