Having sleepless nights due to the wolves mating in the next room, I now have massive eye bags. I would definitely pass being a bear in black and white. You know, the one native from China, except that I am not cute and I don’t eat bamboos. But today, I’ve decided to be a panda.
So what do pandas do?
Hibernate? No. Based on wildlife studies, pandas also explore and socialize. So today, we will do just that.
Thai Silk Village
Since it was impossible to visit some of the places on our list, our driver suggested this one. It was informative, amusing, but a bit disappointing that some larvae were boiled inside the cocoon and were not able to become butterflies, just so the silk thread wouldn’t snap. But I guess it is the way of life, isn’t it?
I saw a worm came out of the cocoon before they were weaved, and I was secretly cheering.
This centre sells handicraft mostly made of wood and paper, and their workers were mostly people of old age. It is nice to think that they were given the chance to still work. I could see that they were actually enjoying doing their different tasks.
Royal Park Rajapruek
Royal Park Rajapruek, previously named as International Exposition of His Majesty the King; Royal Floral Rajapruek, was built in 2006 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Accession to the throne, as well as celebrating His Majesty’s 80th birthday.
It is a popular agro-tourism place in Chiang Mai that showcases countless number of plants and varied kinds of agricultural exposition, landscape and architecture, and international garden.
With an entrance fee of THB200.00, you will get to enjoy your time exploring the area, seeing different flowers and orchids, bees and butterflies, but please, rent a bike! Or else you will collapse before reaching the temple. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
Chiang Mai Zoo
Honestly, I am not fond of going to the zoo. These animals should be in the wild, and I feel like the zoo is a prison for them.
We were walking down the forest one time when I asked my cousin, “Do these animals feel like being overseas workers, too? They were snatched from their lands and they are miles away from home.” And I felt very sad after that.
But my cousin wanted to see the panda, so I went with her and paid THB250.00. Yes, I had fun seeing the animals I haven’t seen before, but it’s a zoo! I would’ve love seeing them in their natural habitat.
Here are the flamingo, giraffe, koala bear, and parrots inside their cell.
And then, there was me…
Of course, when you travel to other places, you would want to try their cuisines. Your tummies wouldn’t be complaining in Chiang Mai because they offer different kind of food – from burger to steaks, to noodles, to pad Thai, to smoothies, to fried ice cream – completo!
Uh! It was a long day of socializing. So here I am in bed, trying to tell you about the proper way of resting, however, my eyes are not cooperating. But as what I always tell my boyfriend, invest in self-care, S-L-E-E-P!