Sawatdee ka! – Chiang Mai Day 2

24 Dec 2012, Monday


Visited Baan Chang Elephant Park where we took up the 1-day mahout training course.


A good day starts with good breakfast! My day would be better? :p


Afraid of car sick, swallowed one motion sickness pill each. The medicine was really drowsy! It made the both of us so sluggish, especially Sue. We offered one of these to our group mate, Amy who suffered serious car sick.


This was one of the reasons why people thought we were “partners” -___-

There’s this small range of my spectrum of wavelengths which overlapped with Sue’s. Without prior arrangement, we brought the same brand of tooth brush, same color some more! I told SG about this.

SG: Hmm… How about tooth paste?

Me: I was the supplier!

SG: Then both of you have the same mouth smell…

Come to think of this… Yerrrrrr!!!!

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2 cute Japanese sisters 🙂

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Each elephant has to consume 300kg of food daily, the output=100kg

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It’s feeding time!

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Neh neh pu pu!

Learnt a new vocab: OMB! = Oh my Buddha! 😀

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“大象 大象 你的鼻子怎么那么长?妈妈说鼻子长,才是漂亮!”

At first, I only hummed. Then I started singing, and I couldn’t stop repeating! Until Sue had to shout, “Enough!!!”

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Part of the 100kg output.

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Continued molesting more dumbos!

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The foot of the largest living terrestrial vertebrate vs. the one of the cat-like homo sapien.

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Puzza, our guide for the day, giving briefing about the rationale of using hooks.

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Mahout course began!

“How to ride an elephant” step 1: step on the leg of dumbo

Step 2: hop onto the neck groove

Step 3: lean forward and rest your legs behind dumbo’s ears

Step 4: find your comfortable sitting spot already? Then put your hands on dumbo’s head

Step 5: hold on to its ears when dumbo is getting up or down to its kneeling position

Puzza: the neck is the best place to sit at, no matter you are going uphill, downhill, Chiang Mai, Phuket or Bangkok!

*only I burst out laughing! Not funny meh?*

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Familiarizing with the 4 maneuver commands:-

1) noh long! (need to assert with authority!) – to get dumbo to kneel down

2) quack – to turn. Kick your left leg gently if you want to turn right, and vice-versa

3) pai – to go straight. Tap your legs behind dumbo’s ears concurrently

4) hao (好!) – to stop

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The trainee mahout, with her elephant of the day, Mei Thong Kam (yellow gold)!

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Aw… the sign of femininity. Front seat=VVVVIP seat!!! Back seat=not so pleasant actually!

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The hair of elephant is as stiff as the bristles of broom! Both of us got abrasion on our calves. I found this position incurred the least friction, haha!

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We hoped Mei Thong Kam enjoyed her bath and the scrub and rub!

*before the trip*

Me: remember to bring swim suit, we are gonna get splashed by elephants!

Sue: bring bikini la!

Me: later the water splash too strong, how?!

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I like this photo so much!

This is how you express your affection to dumbo: rub her eyelid gently and say, “Dee! Dee! Dee!”

I guess D for dear? 🙂

Day 1: Bangkok | Day 2: Chiang Mai 1 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (a), (b) | Day 5: Chiang Rai | Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s


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