We landed in Bangkok airport and checked in to our next flight – destination Chiang Mai.
We boarded our super cool pink bird plane and were asked if we would like to move to the front of the plane as the planes weight was out. We happily agreed and our general awesomeness was rewarded with the front row seats, you know the ones you give the stink eye to as you board the plane, with that bit extra legroom.
Once our plane arrived we jumped in a taxi to make our way from the airport to the guesthouse we had booked online called “Cumpun Guesthouse”. Nestled in a local alley way, in-between the city center and the night market we were happy with our accommodation choice. After we settled in I only had one thing on my mind. In fact, I had that same thing on my mind for the past 2 months. Pad Thai. We walked down the street and found the most perfect local stall that smelt of Pad Thai. We ordered up and were greatly satisfied. That night we rested early with full stomachs.
After a bit of traffic hopping and a poke around we decided to head out of town to Doi Pui Mountain. On the way up we gave our motorbikes a little bit of a test on the hills of what they were in store for with our upcoming ‘Mae Hong Son Loop’ trip. They made it up without too much of a struggle and we found ourselves at a pretty amazing view.
The following day we woke up with excitement for the day ahead. We had booked our tour for ½ a day volunteering at the Animal Shelter, and the other ½ at Save The Elephant Park. The park was originally opened in 1995 by a lady named Lek who’s mission was to stop Elephants from being exploited and harmed in Thailand. Today she houses 35 elephants that she has saved and are now free to live a life away from any form of abuse. Lek’s husband has set up an animal shelter, which is home to over 400 dogs and 200 cats, all of which are vaccinated, desexed and loved. The foundation is doing an amazing job at shedding light into the tourism of Thailand’s elephants and the torture that goes on behind the scenes.
We originally had plans to leave on our Mae Hong Son loop this day, however, when we woke up 3 hours after we went to sleep with swollen beer bellies and a nasty headache, we decided our day was dedicated to McDonalds and a full day in bed.
I better go, I've been awake for 20 minutes and I have had enough of daylight, my head hurts and my stomach is like a washing machine full of beer, I need to sleep.