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The Amazing Thailand Adventure Part 1
After a 4 hour plane ride, and some questionable airplane food, I was finally descending into Chiang Mai, Thailand. One of the trip leaders came to pick me up in a big white van that had plastic covered seats. My group had already arrived to the hotel and were awaiting my arrival. I walked in, and heard a familiar voice yell "Matin!" I was shocked to see a girl hat was sitting next to me on a plane ride to Costa Rica the previous summer. This was quite the coincidence. I sat down on the couch and heard a flurry of "Whats your Instagram?" "Do you know the wifi passcode?" "Whats your last name?" This was a bit overwhelming but I enjoyed every minute. After a good nights rest, the group set off on the start of the adventure. Most of my memories from this trip were temples, and the car rides to these temples. The first temple we visited was Wat Chedi Luang. It was a beautiful day. It wasn't too hot, which was rare, and the sun wasn't beating down on my skin. As I was scrolling through my camera roll trying to find the best picture of the intricate entrance, I looked up, and there it was. A massive temple in ruin sitting on top of a square platform. I marveled at the detailed carvings on the walls, and stood in awe of its beauty. Little did I know this was only the beginning of seeing magnificent temples. I don't think I can count on my fingers how many temples I went to while I was in Thailand. Some famous temples that I visited were the White temple, Black temple, and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. After a long drive, we were at one of the attractions everyone was looking forwad to. The Chiang Mai Tiger Kingdom. We walked up a small set of stairs and were greeted with a nice man who was our guide. We sat at a table that overlooked a huge cage with a large tiger, and tourists hugging the friendly beast. I could not contain my excitement. The guide guided us to an area of the kingdom that held the adolescent and infant tigers. After a short wait, it was finally my turn to go into the pen. After a while of playing with the animals, I got a bit too comfortable. I started to think of them as domesticated dogs rather than tigers. I decided to get my phone out and take a closeup picture of the tiger and I. As I got close to the tigers face (which was one of the the most highly suggested actions that we must not do) the tigers face whipped around and opened its mouth. Luckily I pulled away as fast I could, and moved on to see the infants. So a word of advice, never get too comfortable with a tiger.