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The Pawtastic Race: 5th leg

The 5 remaining teams were heading to the beautiful country of Thailand! We were looking forward to showing them some great sights as well as one of mummy’s favourite animals; the elephants!

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Team 9: Willie Dukes and Penny Ghee went snorkeling with their human brother. So many beautiful things to see down here! Safety in numbers!

We started off on the island Koh Tao where the teams would go diving and explore life under the water. Some has already tried diving before and jumped straight into the water to explore. Few teams needed a little instruction so our dive instructor was ready to teach them. Punkin and I were hanging out at the beach while we waited for the teams and their photos.

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Team 4: Qutie admiring the close relationship between human and elephant

Our next stop was up north in Chiangmai where we visited Patara Elephant Farm – this is a place close to mummy’s heart. She visited this place on her South East Asia trip back in 2007/2008 and she wanted to go see the elephants but not in the way many tourists do by going to see a show where they paint, play soccer etc. She wanted to go to a sanctuary of some kind where the elephants are being treated as elephants and not a money drawing event. She finally found the Patara Elephant Farm and researched them and decided it would be the perfect place to learn more about elephants. So this is where the teams were headed for their next challenge. They were going to be elephant owners for a day. It seemed like they all loved learning about the elephants and how to take care of them. Though we mostly saw Qutie gazing at them and their human – BOL! The teams learned how to take care of the elephants including giving them a bath. Elephants sure like bathing more than some dogs! We then went on a walk into the forest where we enjoyed the surroundings and learned more about the elephants.

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Team 8: It took alot of searching as there were some pretty big ones. Blue finally found these small ones along the back of the palace.

Last stop on this leg was Bangkok! The teams were told to head to The Grand Palace and find a small Buddha statue. This was a little challenging as the whole palace is filled with statues but mainly very big ones! The teams did however find the ones we sent them out to find and after that they had time to explore the palace as well as Thailand.   As previous legs, we also had a quiz because as you know, it’s important to also learn a little during your travels.

Questions:

  1. When did construction of the Grand Palace start?
  2. How long is Thailand’s coastline?
  3. What does the word “Thailand” mean?
  4. What is Bangkok’s full ceremonial name?

Answers:

  1. 1782
  2. 3219km
  3. Land of the Free
  4. Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit

Well done to Team 4: Bronco Quties and Team 8: Go Blue for getting all answers correct. The rest of the teams were very close and only question 3 seemed to have different answers. Well done to everyone for getting question 4 correct!

This time we are eliminating two teams who won’t go through to the next round. We are saying goodbye to Team no 3: Team Gokki and Team 11: Team Weens. Thanks for taking part! We hope you had fun!

Now to this leg’s spot prize: Penny and her elephant seemed to have a few misunderstandings – it could be a language barrier BOL! The prize goes to her for giving us some great laughs!

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Penny insisted on getting her own elephant to ride on… Boy is she gonna be in trouble when she gets back. Her Elephant’s name is Chatri which means Brave Knight in Thialand.. I think it should have been Crazy Doxie Driver! BOL

The remaining 3 teams are through to the final which will start tomorrow so pack you bags for another longish flight as you are heading to Europe! Find the details on Facebook in the morning.

That’s how the doggie biscuit crumbles!

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