Getting Out of Chiang Mai
Since Chiang Mai was filled with visitors for the Loy Krathong festival, we couldn’t find any accommodation in the city after our first hotel reservation expired. Plan B was heading one hour up into the nearby mountains to the town of Mae Rim. We stayed at the Mae Sa Valley Resort, and we were so glad we did! Mae Sa Valley is even higher up in the hills above Mae Rim town. There is a great stream with many waterfalls flowing down the valley, and the scenery is so lush and green.
The biggest attraction in the Mae Sa valley is the Mae Sa Elephant Camp. The elephants there have many talents and skills that seem impossible, but are perhaps most famous for their artistic abilities. They paint amazing artwork using their trunk to hold a paintbrush! Elephant kisses are very slobbery, and they are super strong.
Watch the Elephants Playing Soccer!
After such a fun visit with the elephants, we decided to make a slightly more dangerous visit to the Tiger Kingdom. We got very close to some Bengal Tigers of all different sizes, as you can see.
Our next adventures in Thailand would take place in the South, known for its many marvelous islands and pristine beaches. We left Mae Rim and Chiang Mai to go to the Krabi area. More on those stories next time…