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This week saw me leaving Chiang Mai to explore more of Northern Thailand. Before I left Thailand’s second largest city, I played tourist a bit by taking a one day massage course at NAMO and going to hang out with the big beauties at Elephant Nature Park! Interacting with elephants in such a nurturing and intimate setting is indescribable… though I will give it a try in a future post.

A few days ago I set off with two friends (one of whom I met at the Banana Bungalow in Maui!) for Pai, a small mountain town a few hours west of Chiang Mai. Here we’ve soaked up the bohemian atmosphere, explored the countryside on motorbikes, and checked out the local muay thai gym. I am beyond charmed by this gem of a place. Tomorrow I’m setting off on a two day rafting trip to Mae Hong Son… but I might be back in Pai soon!

Photo A
Chiang MaiI loved this little vignette outside the studio where I took a class in Thai massage

Photo B
Elephant Nature ParkThere was a lot of love between these elephants and their mahout

Photo C
Elephant Nature ParkElephant Nature Park was without a doubt a highlight of this trip to Thailand!

Photo D
PaiAt the Pai Natural Hotsprings

Photo E
PaiA snack stop at a farm in the Pai countryside

Photo F
PaiSunset from a hilltop temple in Pai

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Monica
    February 3 2013

    Gorgeous photos Alex. I especially love photo B. I loved seeing how close the elephants are to their mahouts while I was in Thailand.
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    • Alex
      February 3 2013

      Thank you Monica! Yes it is a really special relationship. I can’t wait to write more about Elephant Nature Park!

  • Alexa Hart
    February 3 2013

    I love Thailand. Gorgeous photos once again. B is my favorite, but it’s a tough choice.
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    • Alex
      February 3 2013

      Thanks Alexa! Ooooh — excited to watch your interview with Globetrotter Girls!

      • Alexa Hart
        February 3 2013

        Thanks!

      • Dani
        February 3 2013

        Please don’t watch it. I am so embarrassed!! 😀

        • Alex
          February 5 2013

          Ha, don’t worry… I felt the same way about mine!

  • Jade
    February 3 2013

    I love this photo of the week post!
    Cannot wait to hear about Pai!
    I need to get myself back to Thailand in the not too distant future!

    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      I loved Pai so much I think I’m heading back there tomorrow 🙂

  • C!!!!!!!!!!

    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      That’s my personal favorite as well 🙂

  • Olivia Baackes
    February 3 2013

    F!

    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      Such a pretty view! Thanks for voting 🙂

  • Margy
    February 3 2013

    Photo C

    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      Thanks for voting! 🙂

  • Dani
    February 3 2013

    B! Love the Elephant Nature Park and can’t wait to read more about it soon 🙂

    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      Your blog posts about the park were when I first heard about! It all comes full circle… 🙂

  • sameer
    February 4 2013

    ALL Gorgeous photos Alex >>>”B” is the best!

    Thanke you

    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      Thanks for voting!

  • Milly
    February 4 2013

    Both the elephant photos! The black and white editing is gorgeous Alex!
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    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      Thanks Milly! I love me some Photoshop 🙂

  • Heather
    February 4 2013

    F! Can’t wait for that view in a couple of months…if I ever leave Laos to continue my trip, that is. I love it here! Hope your travels are going well!

    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      Ugh Laos is so amazing! Really I need to get back there, two weeks was not enough.

  • Chris Shaw
    February 4 2013

    B is amazing!!!!

    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      Thanks Chris! Appreciate your vote!

  • Kathryn Allen
    February 4 2013

    C&F! Pai is tops on my list for my next trip to Thailand.

    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      You would like it here, and I’d be happy to return as your guide 🙂

  • Sarah Somewhere
    February 4 2013

    Hey Alex, the Elephant Nature Park is amazing hey?? But HOW did I miss the hot springs in Pai?! Look forward to reading all about it! I love all your shots of course, but I’m going with that gorgeous one of the food on the wooden table – Gourmet Traveller magazine worthy! Must be hungry…
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    • Alex
      February 5 2013

      Thanks Sarah! I’m not much a food photographer but that spread was too much to resist…

  • Kristen
    February 4 2013

    C is awesome; F is gorj as well! I had so much fun with elephants in Chiang Rai.
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  • Gram
    February 4 2013

    I love A ! the muted colors are beautiful; the design elements are interesting and unusual.

  • dayla
    February 5 2013

    C
    That sweet elephant looks like it’s smiling!

  • Cat
    February 11 2013

    B – I really like the black and white elephant photo, it made me scroll back up and look at it again.
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    • Alex
      February 12 2013

      Thanks Cat! I’m such a color freak I rarely go with black and white… but that photo was begging for it 🙂

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