Nelly the Elephant packed her trunk....
04.03.2012 32 °C
Ok, so we landed - really hot!. The Thai people are so eager to please, as soon as you ask them to do something on the ramp they physically run to get it sorted.... Someting I am sure they dont do at Gatwick!!
We are staying in the Meridien, Chaing Rai very beautiful location overlooking the Mae Kok River, every thing is 'Kok' here - literally!. We are a quick tuk-tuk ride away from down town where the beer is cheaper!
The night we arrived we visited the night market, loads of the usual stuff Silks, Jewellery.... We had to all go and buy a traditional Thai costume as on our next sector as we are dressing up for the passengers! that will give them something to laugh about...... I will post some pictures of this next time.
Chaing Rai is really quiet nothing at all like Bangkok, we struggled to find a bar on the first night and then they close quite early. We found a bar eventually on the first night which was dead but as soon as we turned up it came to life!, Thai girls appeared from everywhere looking to make a dollar! they probably werent a day over 16!
The next morning we went to see the elephants for a little trek, we boarded a little river boat on the hotel jetty and it took us about an hour to get to this village. There are hundereds of these elephant tTrek places along the river, the one I went to last time was better but the elephants seem to be treated well. We were paired up as each elephant could carry 2 gests and the Thai guide. I was with Martin our Chef.
I really love these animals, the guide let me sit on the elephants head for part of the trek, very relaxing and therapeutic (that doesnt look right!) Spent the rest of the day by the pool!
I clocked the '10$ girls' around the pool at our hotel they had got lucky with two old American guys!! or unlucky....... All of a sudden I feel quite sick and upset, what kind of world do we live in!
We had a special treat last night, we were invited to our 'Guest/Passenger hotel' to join them for their Gala dinner. Well it was absolutley amazing..... Oh how the other half live.. Anantara Golden Triangle Resort is the hotel. The golden triange is the area of Northern Thailand where three countries meet 'Thailand, Burma & Laos', This is opium capital of the world. We experienced some amazing food, Thai tribe entertainment and music. During dinner 4 elephants joined us, coming up to our tables.. it was so funny and sureal, we didnt want to leave.
Did I tell you that I have been bitten over 30 times! Not nice and geting me down.
Having a lazy day today as we have a very early start in the morning may go to the market. Next Stop Katmandu, speak then x