Day 36 & 37, June 15 & June 16: Leisure in a tropical paradise. Next: Chiang Dao Young Elephant Camp

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).

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One of the local water buffalo at resort….helps with rice patty work! And amusing tourists.

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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).

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Actual art piece done by elephant…Tom’s purchase. Just to help feed the wonderful, noble elephants.
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Bathing time at the Elephant Camp.

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Water buffalo greeting us along our rafting adventure.

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Another exposure to the wild: rafting down the Mae Ping River on the simple bamboo raft. Beautiful!

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