Travel Blogs from Surin
Buddhism in Thailand is like many things in Thailand;
Friendliness comes first, adhering strictly to rules comes second.
One of the monks smoked a couple cigarettes during our conversation,
I'm pretty sure that doesn't happen anywhere else in the world!
Regardless; monks are highly respected in Thailand.
They must give up all their belongings
They can not earn money or buy anything
Everything they eat, the clothes ...
Woke up at 6am as Jess had to pack and we all had our pictures taken with the mahouts - was sad to see them all go!
Went sugar cane cutting just outside the elephant village, Brittany and her mahout joined us shortly after. Then Jazz came and told us there was a cooking show going on and would we mind staying - didn't realise we were actually going to be on it! The presenter (Benjamin Wang from Boston) got speaking to us and said he ...
... to get the courage to do this towards the end as I was rather grossed out!
Step 2: Use chlorine and boil the poo.
Step 3: Blend and separate the mixture using a specific machine.
Step 4: Dye the mixture a variety of colours.
Step 5: Put thin layers of the mixture on a board and leave out in the sun to dry.
We then helped out in the shop cutting the paper ...
... of her was difficult! Was very grateful for having long trousers - elephants have lots of hair that rubs into your skin making it really uncomfortable - some of the volunteers have serious rashes now!
The trek to the watering hole was an hour long (they only do this once a week to give the elephants a good walk). Thongbai was fast at times for someone who's pregnant, we had to keep telling ...
... hand the trust and relationship Mike has with his elephants but even so, it was a bit scary to be underneath a 900 stone animal!
The day after my "Good Luck" experience with Big Daddy, I was sweeping up the shelter and came across a piece of broken tusk amongst the dead grass! I shouted over to Mike and handed it to him. He immediately checked over each elephant one by one and found it had belonged to one ...