on May 19, 2011
We caught a bus to Chaing Mai from Chaing Rai. You don't need a reservation it was easy to catch a bus . The buses were clean and modern and pretty inexpensive. It's ashort trip and fairly scenic. We discovered 3 nights is not enough. We just loved it here. It took no time to feel part of it all . The sight seeing what fun , the night markets are wonderful and best of all the people!!The Elephant Painters This is a highlight for me of my trip . We visited the elephants as part of a tour that cost 650 bht and included the orchid farm . This is well worth it since the admission to the elelphants is 500bht on its own . Anyway whatever it cost I would have been happy to pay .I must add , I am against any kind of activity that takes an unfair toll on an animal and I don't condone circus acts but these elephants seem so happy to show what they can do. The Lampang Elephant Conservation Center managed under under the government Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The Center's main concerns are to sustainably conserve Thai elephants, to protect and to provide them with veterinary care. The center has many activities in which elephants play a part which visitors can watch such as playing soccer and playing musical instruments but the most amazing and famous is the elephant painters. The paintings can be purchased at the end of the show...The Orchid FarmThe flowers are so beautiful in Thailand . The orchid farm is usually combined with another stop on a day tour . It's such a worthwhile stop. You can buy jewellery made from orchids ther too!!
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