So, waking up late on my birthday with the excitement of tigers looming! Pancakes and bacon and even some pork and chilli curry for breakfast with some orange nectar, yum yum. We had asked our tuk tuk man from last night to pick us up from outside our hotel but after he was 15 mins late we decided to walk to the main street to find another one, this did not surprise us at all! But we found a better deal there and off we went, out of Chiang Mai and towards Mae rim. After a 30 minute rickety ride we were there! We were bursting with excitement and decided we wanted to spend an hour and a half cuddling all the different tigers!! Yay! (you can tell we love animals right?) so we waited, washed our hands, changed our shoes and read the instructions. We were called and in we went to see the 3 month old tiger cubs... Oh my god... Sheer joy, to be able to say that we have cuddled tigers.. So special, what a birthday! Some say that the tigers are drugged and mistreated.. The enclosures they are kept in are the same as in zoos in England and anywhere else, and it was the first time I have ever seen tigers in captivity playing.. So I personally didn't experience any cruelty but some felt like they had.. We felt that whatever happened we wanted to have experienced this once in a lifetime opportunity :).
Later on we decided to visit some of the towns impressive wats, which were full of gold and many lovely buddha's. I really enjoyed the teachings left on the tree's near the monastery, one reading - virtue has more value than a university degree. Maybe we should just stay here for the next three years instead of med school?? Maybe not...
We had a lovely little lunch in a bamboo designed cafe by the side of the road and we both had some northern style kao soy, which was lovely, followed up with some mango sticky rice.. This was our second but we are yet to find perfection... We then decided to visit the night bazaar that Chiang Mai is so famous for. On the way in we instantly had some freshly grilled corn on the cob lathered with butter and salt yumyum the food's tastiness ceases to amaze us! Then onto some shopping and to put our new bargaining skills to practice..
Thoroughly worn out from bargaining and choosing lovely gifts for friends and family ( don't get too excited :p) we decided to grab a tuk tuk back to the rainforest boutique for some birthday drinks and a quick swim :) after a Chang or two and a quick dip it was bed time, and we were off to sleep in a snap after such a long and busy day!