Two water buffaloes were permanent residents of our Chiang Mai hotel.
These two animals had won the buffalo lottery of life and enjoyed a hedonistic lifestyle - personal valets, two baths a day, unlimited grazing and a private 2-bed barn for the night. In return for this pampered existence the buffaloes were only required to saunter around the hotel grounds twice a day and endure a long rest stop in the shade of the hotel lobby.
A well contented buffalo with not a care in the world!
Kathleen getting to know the rare albino water buffalo!
Have you ever seen a better groomed buffalo - Kathleen looks good too!
Doing what the buffaloes did best and often - nibbling the tender grass in the landscaped grounds of the hotel!
Water buffalo in Asia are typically a rice farmer's beast of burden and there is rarely much meat to be seen on the hard working animal's bones. By contrast the hotel buffalo were plump with nary a bone to be seen under their scrubbed hides.
On the deck of the private barn - a final snack before bedtime.