Northern Thailand

Thailand Tiger Temple Closed!

June 1, 2016

Great news! Visited this place in Thailand and was one of the biggest regrets overseas. The Tigers are evidently drugged and I left feeling terrible about my decision to pay admission to the park. Glad to hear it’s getting shut down.

Tiger Temple Closes – Article Link

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Giant Bar & Hostel – Pai, Thailand

My home in Pai, Thailand. Pai is a little hippie community about three hours Northeast of Chiang Mai. I first stayed at a Circus Achool, yes, “circus”. It was quite the sight. It was set on top of a mountainside overlooking the town center below. Participants practiced slack lining, juggling, yoga and poi. After three days I switched to a hostel in town, named Giant. Here I had my own bungalow. It was the perfect place to relax and do minimal. The air was surprisingly cool which was a nice change. Each day I rented a motorbike and took a different road as far as I could out of town into the mountains. We discovered some beautiful waterfalls and overlooks. Pai holds a special place in my heart. So peaceful and the people are indescribably friendly.

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Woody Elephant Training, Chiang Mai, Thailand

September 23, 2013

Today I had a memorable experience at Woody Elephant Training here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I have had the elephants on my radar since before I came but was extremely hesitant about the nature of these parks. I found one with bareback riding only, no cage harnesses. Most importantly, you don’t just show up, ride them and leave. You spend the entire day with your elephant. You arrive and learn particular Thai commands such as forward, backward, stop, slow, right, left, etc.. There is a particular command for mounting where the elephant bends their knee and you step on their leg and give another command for “lift” and they bring you atop. After learning the commands you spend time with the elephant feeding it bananas and grass. Next you pick up their poo… They eat and shit all day long.. Not a bad life, it’s like a child! Afterwards, you practice on the elephant each command. After lunch, it’s time to ride. Two per elephant, we began in the thick jungle. Only about 45 minutes to not tire them, we finished at a river. At this point they take a drink and spray water on themselves to cool off. Ours decided to pick up mud and I was covered, heat to toe (mouth included), by the end of the treck. Next the elephants take a bath. At this point, they literally are laying on their side in a ~4 foot pond. They stretch out their legs and wag their ears (sign of content). Afterwards my elephant lifted her trunk in my face and out came loads of water! Was quite a surprise! Ha. Finally, we got back on the elephants and we started walking again. Not knowing what was next, the elephants walk into a different deep pond and start swimming. The elephants swim above and underwater, alternating roughly every 30 seconds. At one point she went so deep, I too, was completely underwater. Point being, it was nice to find a place where the elephants are treated nice, do not use harnesses and have an informative staff. It was also rewarding to spend an entire day with your elephant opposed to just showing up and riding it. If you ever find yourself in Chiang Mai, which I do suggest its one of my favorite places this far, message me and I’ll remind you the name of the elephant camp!

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

September 20, 2013

I extended my stay here in Chang Mai but the hostel was full today. The woman who owns it didn’t want me to leave nor leave all the friends I have made staying here so she put up a tent for me! The owner Aoi, at Aoi Garden Home Hostel, is one of the kindest hostel owners I’ve encountered. Thai people are so kind. Love it here.

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The Past 3 1/2 Months

September 9, 2013

I am happy to show you something I have been working for some time now. I don’t consider myself a prideful person at all but I am rather proud of this compilation lol. Photography and Editing has become something very important to me over the past two years. I take a lot of time with it and really hope you enjoy what I have put together.