Touchdown – Chiang Mai

The last week I’ve barely had internet connection, I used up most of my 20GB internet package. What I’m left with is internet the speed of a snail, being used to high speed all the time, without the possibility of renewing my internet package, I realise how spoiled I really am. How much I take for granted the constant easy access to social media right in my hand. I do spend a lot of time on my phone, reading, checking social media and so on. This is a great opportunity to kick away my bad habit. I mean, I wake up and scroll through Instagram like it’s my newspaper. For me checking social media is a way to stay awake when my alarm goes off, or I’ll just start snoozing the alarm button and oversleep. I’m sure I’m not the only one doing so, but this is a really shitty habit… Buuuut this is not about my social media addiction. I just touched down in Chiang Mai and found this great, and by great I mean amazing hostel! That is something I never thought I would say. The hostel I’m staying at is called Hostel by bed, located in the heart of the city. With free water, coffee, tea and breakfast. This hostel is brand new, and only opened a couple of months ago. It’s so clean, the shower area is great, and sleeping in dorms is no problem. With comfy large beds, and a curtain for each bed giving much needed privacy. Each bunk comes with a locker for storage, lights, and outlet charger, aaaand it has a really cool interior. Seriously, check it out!!

(Pictures from booking.com)

So far I love love love this city and for those wondering where exactly on the map it’s located, Chiang Mai is up north in Thailand. This city has a cool rustic feel to it, very relaxed vibe, lot’s of backpackers without feeling crowded, and gorgeous surroundings. It’s like a better version of Bangkok.

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This part of my trip I want to do something truly amazing. I have decided to do volunteer work with elephants at a elephant sanctuary. The place is called Elephant Nature park, and it’s a sanctuary for elephants, cats, dogs and buffalos. Here elephants are rehabilitated after living life in the tourism industry. Learning to trust humans again after being mistreated in the worst way. This park offers the opportunity to give back and help these gentle creatures. No chains, no riding the elephants back. The elephants roams free, so you as a volunteer will help with feeding, bathing, cleaning, and help build up their broken spirits. It’s a beautiful program, I will be volunteering for 7 days. I haven’t even arrived the park yet, and I’m already considering staying longer. I wasn’t smart enough to become a doctor or a vet, but I’ve always wanted to help. When you have so much, I feel it’s important to give back with what you can. To quote Rihanna’s speech at Harvard “My grandmother always used to say if you got a dollar, there’s plenty to share”. I could not agree more. You can read about the program here. I will update with details when I arrive on Monday. In the mean time, I’m going to explore this cool city! Have a great weekend everyone!

 

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