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Day 14 - Inle Lake (Side trip to Kalaw)

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Today adventure takes us to the town of Kalaw and onto the the Green hills elephant park.

The short stop in the town of Kalaw is quite beautiful and we head to a tea house to stop and get some coffee the ladies are so sweet and pour us some green tea as a gift for coming to their shop - we tip big! The coffee is nice and piping hot so very happy.

The trekking to the green hills elephant park drop off point is reached and we meet our guide to take us on our trek. We are told that the trek takes about 2 hours and the heat is already exhausting. We start walking through a little village where we stop and use what seems to be the oldest outhouse in Myanmar. We go through the fields and the path is barely wide enough for my shoulders to get through. We cascade down through the jungle down many steep hills and steps cross ravines and over bamboo bridges.

As we reach our destination after only 1 hour and 15 minutes we a met by a lovely pool of water along the river. The guides give us some pants to wear for the aching of the elephants. Two elephants slowly meander down the river and lay down in the pool of water as is by routine. We are given coconut husks and wade into the water to help scrub down the elephants it's funny that even though their skin is 1.5 inches thick you can tell they enjoy the washing as their skin is that sensitive. We then get to ride on the elephants shoulders back to the camp for their lunch. We feed the 7 elephants their banana lunch.

After that amazing experience we settle in to for the 2 hour drive back to Nyung Shwe and then our hotel in Inle Lake.

Posted by lee_1986 01:23 Archived in Myanmar Tagged mountains lakes temple elephant burma inle_lake myanmar

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Wow, that's an amazing experience. :)

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