When I was in Chiang Mai, I had the opportunity to visit Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating them in Thailand. But this sanctuary is the exception, not the rule. Most outfits allow tourists to ride elephants, many times up steep hills with seats on their backs. After I learned all that I learned in Thailand about the ethical treatment of elephants in Asia, it is safe to say I will never ride them.
Thailand is known for its massages, and in many instances you can find spas sprinkled throughout the city. But if you want an upscale spa still at a fraction of the cost of a similar service in America, then Dahra Spa is your spot. They treated me to a complimentary, lovely spa experience for my birthday in Bangkok. Here is my recount of the birthday treat and Dahra Spa Bangkok review.