Saturday, March 27, 2010

Elephants are even more obedient than my dog!!!

We joined another tour. really had a good time and enjoyed myself on that day. I had lots of 'first time' in that one day. It was a sunny day, and we headed to Mae Taeng Elephant Park. We reached there about 9am, but we were sent for elephant ride.

That was my first time to be surrounded by so many elephants. They are certainly very adorable especially baby elephants. But, i wondered what if and what if these elephants went mad and lost control, then what will happen to me or us?? Obviously, i think too much.

This is the first elephant that i was in Mae Taeng Elephant Park. It was so clean and CUTE.

2 person per elephant and the trainer would sit in front to take control of the elephants. It was adventurous and scary. Sitting up there was really not a smooth ride, especially going up and down the hills. sometimes, it would depend on lucks too. if the elephant decides to go on a strike or run or play with water, then sorry. by the way, before we went there, we were worry that we may have to sit on top of the elephants and it may be not comfortable. Actually, we sat on a cushion seat with safety bar around it, to protect us from falling down.

While we were going on tour on elephants, up and down the hill, cross river and up to jungle, this small elephants also followed us. Beside he/she, there are some other young elephants followed their adult. Perhaps it was a pre-training for them before these babies get on to their work when they grow up.

along the river, there are resorts. It looked so serene there,only if you hold your breath. Because it was so smelly. due to our dear friends, elephants. well, elephants are big, they eat a lot , so they shit a lot too. they would shit anyway, on the ground, or while walking crossing the river.

After elephant ride, we were sent back to the main building by ox cart.

interested to buy some traditional souvenirs?

There are 2 elephant shows per day. if i am not mistaken, the shows are on 10 and 11 am daily. It is a MUST see event of the day. These elephants are well-trained and basically, they can do anything. Play basketball, dancing, and even DRAWING. seriously, i really have no idea how to they train these elephants. Elephants are so huge and strong, how to make them to listen to the trainer? well, honestly, when i looked at them, i cant help but think of my lovely dog, Muffin who misbehave and refuse to listen to commands. These elephants are more obedient than my dog. sigh~~~

Each of the elephants has their own names. In the picture is the artist- SUDA. She can draw. Cant believe that? i have proof.

She drew this picture- a small elephant. Haha. An elephant drew a picture of an elephant. Still refuse to believe that? No problem.

Suda was holding a brush and drawing herself flower. She is such a genius. Actually, there was two elephant drawing there at the same time, but everyone only focus on Suda, because she can draw very well and fast too. Another bigger elephant took a long time to draw, and the elephant that drew by it was..... so artistic and can only be memorized by certain people.

Gorgeous elephant. So handsome. i meant the elephant.

Handsome elephant showing off his white big tusk

After the show, all the elephants stood beside the bar for 3 reasons: saying goodbye, photo section and money taking time by using their trunk.

Gallergy sells paintings. All painted by elephants , mainly by the genius SUDA.

Bamboo rafting- this was how we got to the downstream.
A very unusual experience. But, it took us hours to reach our destination and it was a hot day. Basically, most of us just wondered why cant the raft goes faster or why not just shorthen the journey. Anyway, we also had some interesting experience there. Thirsty? Dont worrry. There was a mobile boat there and he sold all kind of drinks, eg: coconut, soft drinks...

Mae Taeng Elephant Park is definately a great place and i would go there again!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

we were not in the hotel every night... we were in night bazaar

Though Shangri-La Hotel is marvelous, but we did not really have time to enjoy their great facilities. We spent most of the time in the meeting room, from after my breakfast in the hotel, until around 6 pm.

Hehe... what did we do after that? our free time. We will go for somewhere that is really... a heaven. Shopping heaven.

By the way, the location of Shangri-la Hotel is considered to be good. walking distance to the night bazaar. Dont have to worry of hunger or no place to shop. You need anything, just take your walet and then walk.

Shangri-la is located at Chang Klan Road. but, there are other hotels that are nearer to the night market, such as Le Meridien. the night market just down the street. very very convenient, definitely great for shopaholic like me..

The night market is very very big. It includes stalls besides the roads, shops, open market. It has everything that you can think of. There, we can see lots of tourist. It is a heaven for tourist. They have great food with reasonable price, shopping, massage....

i wonder why we dont have such place in Malaysia.

Beautiful wood carving.... why i didnt buy any of you??? My friends bought a lot of wood carving with very good price.

colourful paper light

Women in their traditional costumes can be seen in the market- selling their handicraft.
cant be seen anyway else other than Chiang Mai.

When i walked pass this stall, i smell something sweet and special. real flower? nope. actually these flowers made from soup. They really look like real flower. That guy was doing flower carving next to his stall.

wow.. elephants again. all handmade. i cant take my eyes off them.

Traditional mini begs, with all kinds of designs. it is my heaven here cos i am a big fan of traditional handicraft.

lovely key chains... the little furry balls are so adorable.
3 for 50 baht

Wooden key chain and book mark
1 for 10 baht
buy 5 , free 1. but the quality is.... so so only

This is definitely the best souvenir that i bought. i love it so much. the pattern is nice, and the handwork is good. although there are so other similar begs with much cheaper price, but i still chose this beg, i think it worth it.
350 baht

another colourful pouch that i bought. the pattern is different from the earlier. because they come from different tribes. each tribe with their own patterns, colours and personality.
80 baht

A traditional dress for my niece
120 baht

basically, there are two night bazaar in ChiangMai city. one is near to my hotel which opens daily and more cater to tourist. another one is open during weekends, and it more suit to local people. price? according to the hotel attendant, he said the price in the local bazaar is cheaper, but i think it is similar. well. i think it depens of how good can we bargain.

but, i would say Thailand is a shopping heaven!!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

i stay in Shangri-La Chiang Mai !!!

Wow~ Shangri-La is really ' shangri-la' . It looks huge and i feel really 'peaceful' standing outside. Elephants could be seen everywhere, including here. 4 huge and gorgeous elephants!!!

Smiley elephant standing in front of the hotel welcoming all the guests 24/7 and all year round. so cute!!!

The receptiont corner
the theme colour of the hotel is gold and metal. The sophisicated designs are really impressive.

golden peacock!!! wondering how much doest it cost?!

A very quiet swimming pool. very relaxing landscaping. Elephants are guarding the swimming pool.

3 cute white elephants are playing water with their short little trunks

The back view of Shangri-La hotel. sitting there was reallly relaxing

This external view of my room. Every corner of this hotel is tastefully designed.

Can you see it? I can see my bed from the washroom.... through the glass. one can watch tv while resting in the bath tub. Privacy... no problem, just close the sliding door.

All are mine..

A spacious room. everything is fine... except this room has lots of mirrors. washroom full with mirrors. entrance with mirrors. behind the bed with mirrors. kind of scary for me.

The room rate is about 3300 baht per night, including breakfast.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Old Chiang Mai City

According to the tour guide, Chiang Mai has a very long history. OLD Chiang Mai is even older than it. When we first saw these buildings, we were astonished by their architecture.

This shining golden temple reminds me of the Bangkok's Grand Palace. Smaller in size, but it is certainly attractive in its own way.

This Buddhist 's style temple looks old but for me, it looks very peaceful. Thanks to all the little Buddhas of the temple. This is my first time to see something like this.

Amitabha. wish that everything would be fine and .... GOOD. Happy Year 2010

There are 4 'guard animal' at the 4 corners of the temple. Friendly is not their principal. They just really serve their purpose. GUARDing the temple.

Hello. If you want to pass through here, ask me first.

Shiny Golden 'Palace'?

This certainly looks 'Gorgeous' for me... Cant really look into its eyes....

Our trip costs about 1700 Baht per person. It included:
  • airport pick-up, then go to Doi Inthanon with a very comfortable van
  • Ticket to enter Doi Inthanon national park
  • lunch
  • mineral water
  • english speaking tour guide ( a good and funny lady)

We reach our hotel at about 6.30 pm. Day was still early. We had other plans.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What is so special about Doi Inthanon?

Reason 5 :

I am on top of the mountain- the highest spot in Thailand.

I dont have a thermometer, but i know the lowest temperature of that day was 6 degree Celsius. I can tell that by sensing it with my skin....
Haha. There is a temperature record board there. The maximum and minimum temperature of the day are recorded.

Doi Inthanon was cool and freezing ( for me). Well. That time was cooling season and we were on the highest spot in Thailand. COLD. COLD. COLD. Remember to bring jacket or shawl.

At the end of trip, we went to another special place. A really great place. The old ChiangMai city.