Sunday, 18th August 2019
Hurray! It’s holiday time!
Today we will travel to Maesa Elephant Camp and Wat Doi Suthep.
At 07.30 Miss Arry inform us to gather at the 27 CMRU building, where other students from Buthan, Korea, Japan and China had gathered. We are going on holiday together today, I am happy because today will be a fun day with lots of new friends!
We were divided into three groups in three bus vans. The trip to Maesa Elephant Camp took almost an hour due to rain and fog. After arriving at the ticket counter, we waited for the rain stop to see the elephants.
This area of the Maesa Valley is home to the largest assembly of domesticated elephants in northern Thailand. Visitors can see the elephants working with their mahouts (trainers), bathing in the river and even painting landscapes!
When we arrived at the bridge with a small river below it, we saw two young elephants bathing and playing with water. Really cute!
My admiration for Maesa Elephant Camp starts with this show. Elephants aged around 15-30 years enter the arena with the direction of their mahout (elephant handler). The mahout is walking in front of the elephant but there is also a mahout riding him. The mahout whispered in the elephant’s ear and after that the elephant did his attraction, whether it was playing hat, playing ball, playing music and even painting.
The aura is very different, as if what was appearing was a pair of friends, a pair of friends who could understand each other even though they did not use the same language. No orders and coercion with punches and lashes. They look very compact, cheerful-faced mahouts and very healthy elephants.
Especially when the elephant is painting, the mahout is standing next to him carrying a small box containing various brushes and helping to dip the brush into the paint before the elephant finally scratches the brush into a white canvas. The results of the paintings of the elephants are even better than the results of my paintings!
The show lasts about one hour. After that we went around to see baby elephants, there were banana sellers so we could feed the elephants.
If you want to visit Maesa Elephant Camp, you can come there right away and see for yourself how the elephants there are bright and cheerful and accompanied by friendly mahouts. You can also check the Maesa Elephant Camp website for more information.
Next we headed to a restaurant for lunch, I ordered rice with Beef Curry and a glass of lemon tea, really delicious!
After being full, we continued our journey to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in about an hour.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a Theravada Buddhist temple (wat) in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The temple is often referred to as “Doi Suthep” although this is actually the name of the mountain where it’s located. It is a sacred site to many Thai people. The temple is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the city of Chiang Mai and situated at an elevation of 1,073 meters. From the temple, impressive views of downtown Chiang Mai can be seen.
Most have a Lanna architectural style, from around the 13th century to the 18th. Its distinctive feature is a curved wooden roof, pointing toward the sky.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, or often abbreviated as Doi Suthep, is one of the prettiest and most sacred temples for Thais. Theravada Temple was built since 1383.
The Chiang Mai folklore tells of a monk named Sumanathera from the Sukhothai kingdom dreaming of going to Pang Cha and looking for holy relics. And it turns out he found a sacred bone relic from the Buddha Gautama. King Nu Naone of the kingdom of Lanna then asked for the relic and put it on a white elephant which he then released into the forest. The elephant then climbed the mountain (Doi) Suthep, and at its peak he stopped, sounding his voice three times before dying. Seeing that, King Nu Naone immediately established a temple in this place.
Because this temple is a holy temple, we had to take off our shoes to enter the Wat Doi Suthep area.
After we were satisfied to go around and take pictures we returned to the dorm.