I wasn’t in Thailand just to go to school or work at my internship, I was there for fun as well! One weekend we took a trip to Lampang, making several stops before we actually made it to Lampang. Our first stop was the Thai Elephant Conservation Center…
I was excited to see the elephants, even in my early 20’s I still had that excitement you get when you see an elephant at a Circus. This experience was mixed, The elephants were well trained to paint, raise a flag on the flag pole, carry trees with their tusks and trunks, but one thing stuck out at me. On the elephant ride, the handler had a bullhook, that he dug in the ear of the elephant twice on the trek through the jungle. I know that they need the control over the beast, but is this really something a conservation center should be using?
Our next stop was the Wat Pra That Lampang Luang just outside of Lampang. The temple is said to enshrine a relic of the Buddha. Such relics are typically bones and ashes believed to be gathered after the Buddha’s cremation. The relic is installed in the main chedi of the temple. This was also interesting because it was the first temple I saw were a building was only available to men. Pictures in the Gallery above.
Our last stop was Lampang, where we took a horse carriage ride in the middle of the city and out ultimate stop, a spa located near the river. The carriage ride was a bit much for me, as I am extremely allergic to horses. I believe it was 15 minutes of hell, sneezing and teary eyes.
For anyone going to Thailand, one of the best things can be the value of the dollar, it goes far especially in personal grooming. At our International center, a guy did pedicure’s, $10 with tip, and yes I got one! At the spa in Lampang, a 45 minute massage, and aroma therapy bath, with tip $25. It was tough to relax because you go into a room with other people in the group, there were two other guys and one was giddy like a school girl and couldn’t shut up when the masseuse touched him.
I highly recommend using the dollar to it’s fullest, you can get some great deals on food and personal services, and if you think I mean erotic services think again, that shouldn’t be tolerated especially underage. Who knows, you may end up with a ladyboy like on Hangover II, but that’s just Karma saying punked you!