Elephant Smiling | Chiang Mai, Thailand | Travel Photo

Today's smiling faces travel photo is of Nomadic Samuel smiling while riding an elephant that appears to also have a big grin  - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Today’s smiling faces travel photo is of Nomadic Samuel smiling while riding an elephant that appears to also have a big grin  - Chiang Mai, Thailand. This retreat I visited just outside of Chiang Mai was quite a special experience. I got to experience elephant training on a private solo tour. Normally there is a small group but on this particular day nobody else was there to attend. I gave my Thai trainer a quick tutorial on how to use my dSLR and I thought he did a fantastic job of capturing this shot.


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Micamyx|Senyorita February 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Cute photo! So this photo was taken in Chiang Mai :D Did you ride the ostrich here too?
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admin February 27, 2012 at 2:26 am

Ha, no I didn’t. Did you?

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Christy @ Technosyncratic February 26, 2012 at 6:21 am

Awww…. elephants are the best.

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admin February 27, 2012 at 2:25 am

They truly are wonderful animals.

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Audrey | That Backpacker March 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

Ha, this is a pretty epic shot! :D It looks like the elephant was enjoying himself just as much as you were.
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admin March 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

LOL, I hope so! Either that or it thought I was about to give it a banana :P How’s Korea treating you these days?

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George Pataki March 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

I doubt the elephant is smiling. Those places in Chiang Mai are terrible to the elephants. More people need to be aware of that. Even the ones that supposedly “rescue” them.

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Nomadic Samuel March 28, 2012 at 5:12 am

Elephant abuse and maltreatment is certainly an issue but it’s those who do things right (like this place) are worth supporting.

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Thailand Travel April 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Have you ever had a elephant ride? Its just an enjoyable ride.

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:53 am

I have! They are very enjoyable :)

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Visiting Wanderer September 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm

My daughter and son loved it! Thanks for sharing!
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Nomadic Samuel October 8, 2012 at 2:24 am

Thank you! I’m really glad to hear that :)

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