The Four Seasons Resort affords us a wonderfully tranquil existence. It sits on 20 breathtaking acres of tropical gardens and rice paddies in the Mae Rim Valley. It is hard to drag yourself away from your polished teak floors, double vanity, oversized bathtub and spacious veranda….save for a meal or the ultimate spa experence (therapeutic massage).
Second day in Chiang Mai, we departed the hotel for the Chiang Dao Young Elephants Training Camp, 56 km/35 miles from Chiang Mai. The elephants took their morning bath in the running stream before we enjoyed the amazing presentation on the Elephant skills. We experienced a 1½ hour elephant ride into the thick forest surrounding the camp. In the midst of the cude buildings, under a roof “restaurant”, we enjoyed our delisious picnic lunch (catered by the Four Seasons).
Another exposure to the wild: rafting down the Mae Ping River on the simple bamboo raft. Beautiful!