To depart from this place after a quick walk around the butterfly farm was sentimental but once I arrived at the famous long neck village, I glowed again though the excitement so soon fizzled out when told that the entrance fee is RM50.00. Well, I suppose if that's how it is, you got pay. Whatever still, I won't deny it was a fantastic first time experience to walk in and out of the village while trying to figure out the logic behind lengthening the neck with the heavy long metal. Furthermore, after seeing the cute kiddos, I couldn't leave without buying the handmade shawls.
The next stop was at Maetaeng Elephant Park and here, the elephant ride, elephant football match and the elephants, they sure can paint better than me. The master pieces/paintings the friend bought one for RM200.00 whereas other elephants souvenirs you can purchase from the shops outside. Another interesting thing at this park is feeding the elephants and if you are generous, you keep buying the food, keep feeding and the elephants won't stop eating. In fact, along the elephant ride route, you will have more chance to buy sugar canes and bananas and feed the elephants over and over till the ride is over.
After lunching at one of the restaurants, we left for the monkey and snake show I have also seen at Krabi -King Cobra Show. Thereafter, we visited the silver factory, cotton factory and the birds nest/ royal jelly outlet which were about skill showing whereas the hidden massage is contributing to Thailand's economy. Even after all the flowery marketing-sales talk, I just didn't want to buy anything. Finally, before calling it a day in Chiang Mai, we had quite a wonderful dinner, thrown in with a cultural show at a huge authentic Thai restaurant.
The second day in Chiang Mai, truly action packed and with all the walking we did, by the time we returned to the hotel, a complete wash up and down shower and technical knockout.
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