“Have you done looking through them,” Saakshi stepped closer and peered into the screen as Ravi continued to browse.
“Almost. I was going through Thailand and look what a wonderful destination I found here,” Ravi pointed towards the screen, drawing her attention.
“Chiang Mai? Isn’t that the city in the northern part of Thailand? Full of history and culture,” her voice held a tone of disappointment.
“Yes dear, that’s the one.”
“But Ravi, you know very well that I wanted some natural place, somewhere where I could connect with nature. Chiang Mai may be on top of a backpacker’s mind but I don’t think it will work for us. This is our honeymoon we are talking of.”
“Hey, who said this place hasn’t got any natural attraction,” Ravi responded with earnestness. “There are countless attractions to see in Chiang Mai. Granted dear, that it has some grand religious attractions like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang, but it is more famous for the Elephant Park…..
“Elephant Park?” Saakshi intercepted him with a quizzical look.
“That’s what I said. Chiang Mai has this Elephant Nature Park where visitors can even bathe the elephants. And then there is the Chiang Mai Zoo. You know you can gaze at some great endangered species here. Where in India can you see a panda everyday?”
“Okay, what else,” Saakshi probed further, now experiencing a surge of hope.
Ravi lit a cigarette and took his time. He knew that his wife was holding her breath and so he deliberately took a few puffs before replying, “Well tell you what. This place is teeming with attractions. I am very particular about visiting Chiang Mai Night Safari. We can also go to the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park if we get it in our Thailand packages. But there is plenty more. This town is famous for its night markets. I am sure you’re going to love it Sweety.”
“Any scope for sporting activities,” Saakshi asked, though now she was pretty much skipping with joy.
“Ample. Trekking, river rafting, river cruise, walking over the foot bridge, elephant training…the list is endless baby,” he winked.
Saakshi planted a peck on his cheek. “Great. We will go there. Confirm the booking, get the Thailand visa guide and tell me when you are done. I need to update my facebook status,” she made a puppy face.
Ravi chuckled and then went after her lips…
“Eee NO,” she pushed him away with a giggle. “Chiang Mai mein karenge.”
All list places to visit in Chiang Mai:
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
Elephant Nature Park
Chiang Mai Zoo
Wat Phra Singh
Wat Lok Molee