Chiang Mai II

On the first official day of the light festival we headed to Tha Pae Gate and checked out the light versions of famous buildings.

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Wandering around the city, we found a wall and ceiling of light, it was so beautiful.

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I gave a light catapult a go but was awful at it.

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After running around like crazy people all day, Katie and I were so happy to find an Indian that did a beautiful chana masala!

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That night we barely slept as we were so excited for the next day… Training as mahouts (elephant carers)! At the camp in the mountains we first got changed into ridiculous clothes then learnt to make their food which we would later wash them with.

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We learnt how to get on the elephants; either by climbing up their raised leg or scrambling over their head! I could not master climbing on mine’s head!

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One of the elephants was really naughty and snuck round to where we were standing to steal food and he kissed me!

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There was a super cute baby elephant too.

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We got on the elephants backs to go for a walk, not knowing that they were going down to the river…to sit down with us on them! We were all soaked and the water everywhere. We washed the elephants and they loved it. Some rolled around in the water and sprayed us.

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On the way back, we stopped at a mud pool and chaos ensued! There was a massive mud fight as the elephants rolled in the cool mud and we were covered in mud! Katie got taken down with a rugby tackle into the mud.

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It was such an amazing day, the elephants were so gentle and loving and I think I was the happiest I’ve ever been! We went home, got cleaned up and prepared for the light festival to kick off properly…

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