Julie Henning Reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Join Associate Producer, Julie Henning reporting for the Lowell Thomas Award-wining travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer as she makes a weeklong journey of discovery in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


The largest city in Northern Thailand, the city of Chiang Mai is over 700 years old and brimming with history, culture, and adventure. A natural habitat for Asian elephants, our trip begins with a visit north of the city to Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary for elephants rescued from the now banned logging industry. We meet the gentle giants, feed them fruit, and even bathe them in a river. Up next is dining out with Chiang Mai Food Tours, a local food tour service that helped us experience authentic Thai Food the way Thai people enjoy it most. Ordering food is easier than expected and everything is delicious. A trip to Chiang Mai wouldn’t be complete without a tour up the Mae Pang River in the care of Urban Adventures. A longboat carries us up river to an organic farm where we are fed Khao Soy, a traditional northern Thai noodle soup. The noise of snorting pigs breaks through the monotony of farmers’ hand tilling gardens thriving on the sloping riverbanks. Thailand is home to some of the friendliest and most approachable people on earth. Invited to practice speaking English with a group of seniors, we leaves Thailand with full hearts and plans to return soon.

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Keywords: Thailand, Chiang Mai, Thai, Asia, elephants, tours, travel, river tour, food

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