just more of mae chaem.


i really, REALLY need to be more up-to-date with this blog. it’s just hard when my laptop keeps giving me shit about not having enough memory to do things, when it should & therefore I have trouble uploading pictures in time. it’s quite annoying, to say the least. 

yesterday, my friends naomi, kelly, jayje, & i went to Bua Tong, the “sticky” waterfall. It’s made of limestone, which makes it really easy to just walk up it. It was breathtakingly beautiful, I can’t even explain. I’m in the midst of trying to upload the pictures, so I’ll put some on here asap.
today, we went to Maesa Elephant Camp, about 40 minutes outside of Chiang Mai. It was soooo cool. we got to ride elephants, & i wanted to have my own, so I had to pay a little more than my friends did. it was awesome, except when my backpack and my shoes fell off (i took my shoes off, & there wasnt much keeping anything from falling- i almost fell a few times). the mahout had to get off & pick my stuff up for me, which was a little embarassing, but he just kept saying “Mai bpen rai” (don’t worry). We watched an elephant show afterwards, which was pretty cool at first. They did tricks, played soccer, & painted paintings. Around the latter I started to get a little uneased, because the mahouts would tug on their ears to have them do things, so it wasn’t really genuine art. plus, as with the Tiger Kingdom, I was worried that they were abusive to the elephants in order to get them to do certain things. one of my friends even saw one of the men hit the elephant in the face. we got to pet them up close & personal, though, which was great. the mahouts werent around, or at least in the sense of making them do tricks, so the elephants waere able to act how they wanted, albeit they were chained to a post. that was pretty sad.

I’m not going to be a downer, though. All in all, i’ve been having a fantastic time in Chiang Mai. I couldn’t have imagined better.

Will upload pictures as soon as i can….hopefully within the next couple of hours, before I go out(the internet is realllly slow here, unfortunately).

just more of mae chaem.

i really, REALLY need to be more up-to-date with this blog. it’s just hard when my laptop keeps giving me shit about not having enough memory to do things, when it should & therefore I have trouble uploading pictures in time. it’s quite annoying, to say the least. 

yesterday, my friends naomi, kelly, jayje, & i went to Bua Tong, the “sticky” waterfall. It’s made of limestone, which makes it really easy to just walk up it. It was breathtakingly beautiful, I can’t even explain. I’m in the midst of trying to upload the pictures, so I’ll put some on here asap.

today, we went to Maesa Elephant Camp, about 40 minutes outside of Chiang Mai. It was soooo cool. we got to ride elephants, & i wanted to have my own, so I had to pay a little more than my friends did. it was awesome, except when my backpack and my shoes fell off (i took my shoes off, & there wasnt much keeping anything from falling- i almost fell a few times). the mahout had to get off & pick my stuff up for me, which was a little embarassing, but he just kept saying “Mai bpen rai” (don’t worry). We watched an elephant show afterwards, which was pretty cool at first. They did tricks, played soccer, & painted paintings. Around the latter I started to get a little uneased, because the mahouts would tug on their ears to have them do things, so it wasn’t really genuine art. plus, as with the Tiger Kingdom, I was worried that they were abusive to the elephants in order to get them to do certain things. one of my friends even saw one of the men hit the elephant in the face. we got to pet them up close & personal, though, which was great. the mahouts werent around, or at least in the sense of making them do tricks, so the elephants waere able to act how they wanted, albeit they were chained to a post. that was pretty sad.

I’m not going to be a downer, though. All in all, i’ve been having a fantastic time in Chiang Mai. I couldn’t have imagined better.

Will upload pictures as soon as i can….hopefully within the next couple of hours, before I go out(the internet is realllly slow here, unfortunately).

just more of mae chaem.


i really, REALLY need to be more up-to-date with this blog. it’s just hard when my laptop keeps giving me shit about not having enough memory to do things, when it should & therefore I have trouble uploading pictures in time. it’s quite annoying, to say the least. 

yesterday, my friends naomi, kelly, jayje, & i went to Bua Tong, the “sticky” waterfall. It’s made of limestone, which makes it really easy to just walk up it. It was breathtakingly beautiful, I can’t even explain. I’m in the midst of trying to upload the pictures, so I’ll put some on here asap.
today, we went to Maesa Elephant Camp, about 40 minutes outside of Chiang Mai. It was soooo cool. we got to ride elephants, & i wanted to have my own, so I had to pay a little more than my friends did. it was awesome, except when my backpack and my shoes fell off (i took my shoes off, & there wasnt much keeping anything from falling- i almost fell a few times). the mahout had to get off & pick my stuff up for me, which was a little embarassing, but he just kept saying “Mai bpen rai” (don’t worry). We watched an elephant show afterwards, which was pretty cool at first. They did tricks, played soccer, & painted paintings. Around the latter I started to get a little uneased, because the mahouts would tug on their ears to have them do things, so it wasn’t really genuine art. plus, as with the Tiger Kingdom, I was worried that they were abusive to the elephants in order to get them to do certain things. one of my friends even saw one of the men hit the elephant in the face. we got to pet them up close & personal, though, which was great. the mahouts werent around, or at least in the sense of making them do tricks, so the elephants waere able to act how they wanted, albeit they were chained to a post. that was pretty sad.

I’m not going to be a downer, though. All in all, i’ve been having a fantastic time in Chiang Mai. I couldn’t have imagined better.

Will upload pictures as soon as i can….hopefully within the next couple of hours, before I go out(the internet is realllly slow here, unfortunately).

just more of mae chaem.

i really, REALLY need to be more up-to-date with this blog. it’s just hard when my laptop keeps giving me shit about not having enough memory to do things, when it should & therefore I have trouble uploading pictures in time. it’s quite annoying, to say the least. 

yesterday, my friends naomi, kelly, jayje, & i went to Bua Tong, the “sticky” waterfall. It’s made of limestone, which makes it really easy to just walk up it. It was breathtakingly beautiful, I can’t even explain. I’m in the midst of trying to upload the pictures, so I’ll put some on here asap.

today, we went to Maesa Elephant Camp, about 40 minutes outside of Chiang Mai. It was soooo cool. we got to ride elephants, & i wanted to have my own, so I had to pay a little more than my friends did. it was awesome, except when my backpack and my shoes fell off (i took my shoes off, & there wasnt much keeping anything from falling- i almost fell a few times). the mahout had to get off & pick my stuff up for me, which was a little embarassing, but he just kept saying “Mai bpen rai” (don’t worry). We watched an elephant show afterwards, which was pretty cool at first. They did tricks, played soccer, & painted paintings. Around the latter I started to get a little uneased, because the mahouts would tug on their ears to have them do things, so it wasn’t really genuine art. plus, as with the Tiger Kingdom, I was worried that they were abusive to the elephants in order to get them to do certain things. one of my friends even saw one of the men hit the elephant in the face. we got to pet them up close & personal, though, which was great. the mahouts werent around, or at least in the sense of making them do tricks, so the elephants waere able to act how they wanted, albeit they were chained to a post. that was pretty sad.

I’m not going to be a downer, though. All in all, i’ve been having a fantastic time in Chiang Mai. I couldn’t have imagined better.

Will upload pictures as soon as i can….hopefully within the next couple of hours, before I go out(the internet is realllly slow here, unfortunately).

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Mallory Fink, 19, reporting from Thailand & Cambodia between January & May, 2011

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