Thailand was the 14th country we visited on our year-long, round-the-world journey. It was the land of golden, jade and emerald Buddha statues; orange-robed monks; golden temples; ancient stupas; gorgeous sunsets and beaches; and huge urban street markets where you could buy just about anything under the sun. It was also the land of colorful and diverse ethnic hill tribe villages and peoples, many of whom had migrated from neighboring Myanmar due to political unrest in past years to the more politically stable kingdom of Siam (Thailand). Thailand also was memorable for its efforts to preserve Asian elephants, endangered as a species due to the rapid loss of habitat. A ride on these elephants mahout style (bareback, without a basket/saddle) and witnessing elephants painting watercolors were some of the more memorable experiences on our visit to this Southeast Asian nation.
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