Rafting & Elephant Riding

Trip Start Jun 12, 2008
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Chiang Mai, just gets better adn better : ) Last night we went to the local Muay Thai matches.  Their were eight different fights, ranging from 13 year old boys, to  20 year old women to a swedish guy taking on a top thai fighter, to a guy who looked like he was right out of the crowd fighting a  thai boxer.   THere wasn't much blood but blood which i was thankful for, but the view from ringside was pretty intense. i was leaning against the actual ring, and when they came to the corner i was at i got hit by the spray from flying fists and sweat! talk about being in the action! haha

today we went on an excursion with a tour company that picked us up at 9am    drove us an hour or so to the nearby mountains and led us down some pretty crazy white water rafting.  the inflatable we were on was really small, it was just dave, kerry , our guide and I.  A few times we almost completely submerged the thing. it was quite thrilling. then we rode a huge female elephant for about 40 minutes going up and down steep muddy banks ,and then fording the river.

tomorrow we ahve a down day and then the following day we booked a mountain biking trip.  its a good thing chiang mai is the city we ended up having so much time to stay at because there is so much to do!  it was between either spending another 3-4 days here or trying to push a tight schedule and get into laos for a couple of days, then hi-tail it back to bangkok for our flight home on the 5th of august.  although laos would have been cool to see, i dont think any of us were in the mood to be throwing in more travel days and feel like we were being rushed  everywhere. 

my battery completely died as a result of takign video after video of the boxing last night.  kerry was able to get a few pictures today of the elephant ride th ough.  i'll be sure to post them tomorrow when we have more time : )
 
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