First up after breakfast: an elephant ride. This isn't a completely tame ride, eitherthere are some steep climbs
and descents, on a fairly narrow trail. Sitting on the head of the elephant feels very precarious; there's nothing to
hold on to (although when the elephant puts its ears back, that helps to clamp my legs in place).
Thailand certainly seems to have embraced mobile phones in a big way; even up here in the hill villages, there seems to be plenty of signal and plenty of phones (mobile moment #1: mahout riding his elephant away with mobile phone glued to ear).
Next is a raft trip down the river for an hour, which isn't that exciting because we're floating below the levee and
can't see much. After a return to Chiang Mai, a bunch of us head out to an
elephant park. The show is actually quite impressive,
well choreographed and amusing, and then we have a chance to wander around and encounter some of the elephants in quieter surroundings as the park begins to close.
In the evening, dinner at quite a fun restaurant (with live music), and I get dragged back to the night market again.