My name is Jeremiah, and this semester I am participating in the Marshall International Exchange Program at Thammasat University. This blog post serves to give a sense of excitement for those who are interested in studying abroad in Thailand.
If you are a big adventurer, love animals, and are brave enough to embrace your inner Dr.Dolittle, then Thailand is the best place for you to study abroad.
Ran-tong Elephant Sanctuary
Sorea & Boonyong
It was such a blessing to be able to take care of these elephants. I spent half a day with these extremely beautiful and intelligent mammals. We made food for them, fed them, gave them mud massages, and bathed them in a nearby river.
If you ever go to Chiang Mai, Thailand, please go support one of the few HUMANE elephant sanctuaries, like the Ran-tong elephant sanctuary for example.
For those that don’t know, riding elephants is very painful to their spines. If you care about the longevity of these elephants lives, then do not do it.
If you book your tour through the Thai government, or any tourist information booth that is certified, then you are more likely to find an elephant sanctuary that is humane.
Phil the Monkey in Phuket
I met this little guy on the last stop of my 8-point 4-island tour in the Strait of Malacca. I fell in love with Phil, and after feeding him pineapple slices, I instantly wanted to take him home. He then wrapped his arms around me, and it was at this very moment I knew I had to embrace my inner Dr.Dolittle for the remainder of my trip.
Monkeys in Monkey Town (Lop Buri)
The Monkey Temple
These pictures were taken in Lop Buri, Thailand, aka Monkey Town. More specifically, this is at the Monkey Temple of this province. The people who live here live amongst the monkeys and try their best to accommodate their needs. Their relationship is a love/hate relationship, but despite their mischievous actions, an annual festival is held to honor the monkeys. This celebration is mainly a feast for all of the monkeys of the town, and the people dance in the middle of the streets dressed as monkeys.