We're now leavng Chiang Mai (it's not the leaving of Chiang Mai that grieves me...) on route back to Bangkok for Les's flight back on Thursday.
Chaing Mai is the best place ever! We've had three fun-packed days here. First day we went to a national park (foresty/jungley) with a super temple. We did our own mini-trek to a couple of waterfalls but we were amazed to find that we were the only people in the whole national park adventurous (daft) enough to do this.
The next day we went to the National Conservation Centre and hospital that we'd heard about in England. What a great place! They look after sick elephants (wouldn't want to clean up after one of them), the wounded, the trunkless, the blind and insane... There was a pregnant female (19 months gone only 3 to go) knitting baby clothes, and a baby elephant in a sling (got a bit trampled). They look after old and retired elephants are here so Les felt quite at home.
make a trunk call
Maggie is returning to Chiang Mai to train as elephant "Mahout" at Lampang Heffalump Conservation Centre and hospital - honestly! 3 day course.
On our last day we were a bit tired so we stayed in Chiang Mai for the day. But it was the the street(s) market at the end of our street, so we did the total shop-till-you-drop experience. We may be somewhat differently dressed the next time you see us. The whole place turn into a giant pound shop but with things that you actually want. The most stunningly incredible bizarre bazaar you could ever want to see. Geoff - you must get your next outfit here!
Linda - somene called Janet and son Tom may stay the odd night at my house while her place is being done up - very last minute request from her.
Well - it's nearly midday so we're up for organising a Singha Round!