Chiang Mai

August 30, 2008 at 7:11 pm 2 comments

I like Chiang Mai a lot. Compared to Bangkok it has a calmer vibe and a better climate. It’s hot during the day but cool at night which is a change i couldn’t look forward to in Bangkok. I’ve been here 3 days staying with my CS host Chris, who introduced me to this delicious Thai vegetarian restaurant Khun Churn that has a buffet every day during lunch time. They have so much tasty food that i’ve been there 3 times in a row and i still look forward to going and going. It is extremely cheap too, even by Chiang Mai standards. 80 baht per person (about $2.80). Tomorrow i’m going on a 3 day trek… so don’t expect to hear from me until Sep 3! I’m going to be riding elephants, rafting, hiking…

 I have some issue with the way elephants are treated in Thailand. The owner of the guest house that is arranging my trek suggested that since working elephants are no longer needed, the Thai use them for tourism because without that income they wouldn’t be able to afford their expensive upkeep. This does and doesn’t make sense. If elephants are no longer needed, stop letting them breed. Castrate them. Let them die out humanely

 I’ve been ignoring these elephant ride ads until today.. i suppose i really want to see for myself what it is like.. I hope i am not assisting in more cruelty than there already is. Maybe my fee will help the elephants by relaxing the mahout…because if he doesn’t have to worry about poverty maybe he’ll treat the elephants better? Maybe.


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Thai politics Two weeks

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  • 1. Bill  |  September 4, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about your elephant ride!

  • 2. Jonathan Shannon  |  September 4, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Hey Yelena,
    Good luck on the elephant! It sounds like you are having a good trip. Stay safe – and it sometime pays to be blissfully unaware of politics, but often it pays to stay tuned in!
    Jonathan Shannon


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