Here I am, ready to head out on foot to explore chilled-out Chiang Mai.
We walked through green fields, past orchards and farms, meandered through small villages and ...lo and behold... we stumbled upon some elephants grazing on the grassland.
Upon further investigation, we found an elephant camp ahead. There were tourists going on elephant rides and we decided to hop on one as well. As it turns out, it was our slowest 1-hour trek through the rainforest.
I clung on for dear life as the elephant climbed uphill and descended along the small muddy track. To me, it was the longest roller-coaster ride I had to endure...and you know how terrified I am of such rides!
It didn't help that our elephant kept stopping along the way... to munch on grass, pee, crap and well, just chill-out. As you can imagine, we spent alot of time gazing about, smelling poop and willing Mr Elephant to move! I almost got motion-sickness up there while the elephant ambled along slowly.
Finally, we were back on our feet again! While the ride was an interesting experience, I've never felt so good walking on my own two feet again!
I guess this picture says it all! Exhilaration!
We walked past another beautiful hilltop resort.
I love this huge tall grass! (except if it is growing in my yard)
Lots of beautiful flowering climbers grow in the cool climate.
We walked into this resort for a most delicious lunch.
Aren't the farms beautifully cultivated? The farmers here grow onions.
I'm so bowled over by the stunning beauty of this place, I had to show you many many pictures.
Freshly harvested spring onions on the way to the market.
Can you see the restaurant where we had lunch?
The stubborn calf that needed lots of coaxing.
Warning! Beautiful Thai temple ahead!
See, I told you so.
Motor bike filling up at the gas station. Bet you didn't know gasoline comes in yellow, red and orange colours!
I bought a bag of sugary sweet oranges from the store.