Today we had a fantastic day at one of the many elephant sanctuary’s here in Chiang Mai.
A lot of the tours around here include only an hour or two with the elephants alongside trekking and bamboo rafting however we chose a tour that included a whole day with the elephants.
On arrival we were introduced to the 3 elephants at the sanctuary - an older female 50 year old who doesn't like other elephants so stays in her own part of the field, and 2 other females - a 3 year old and a 40 year old.
All of which were very calm and friendly.
We spent the morning stroking their rough, wrinkly skin and having many photos with them, feeding them lots and lots of chopped up sugar cane and learning how to make a vitamin ball for them. This consisted of mashed up rice, sugar, bananas and salt which they have daily to keep them healthy.
We then covered them in mud in the mud bath, the little one loved splashing around was very cute! And off to the river to wash the mud off.
There was then some confusion about what we were doing after lunch and in the end we ended up cutting down some sugar canes in the nearby field to chop up and spend more time feeding them.
We visited a poo poo elephant paper park on our journey home where we learnt how they make paper products out of elephant poo - very interesting!
We were lucky to have a lovely group to spend the day with, about 5 of which were English. So we spent the evening with an English couple chatting on a rooftop bar, a more expensive bar and winning at pool. Overall a wonderful day!