Thong Tarin Hotel
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- Minbar in room
- Refrigerator in room
- Outdoor pool
- High-speed internet in room
- Swimming pool
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... but it does give the locals an income and the ellys get three square meals a day, so to speak. They did look very well fed and cared for. Lunch was provided 3km up the road at a riverside cafe which produced great Thai food for 20 people (15 riders + staff) out of a kitchen a little bit bigger than a shoe box. After another 30km and it was on the bus to take us the 90km to the Motel Roi Et. The odd bus ride ...
... which sticks out in my mind started with a trip to a Buddhist temple. We did some group meditation and then proceeded to a cave-like room to receive a blessing from a monk. The blessing was an interesting experience; the monk had a computer game on pause, was wearing a Bluetooth headset and actually took a call mid-blessing! Not what we were expecting but a great experience all the same. We then stopped ...
... bathed our elephants around 3.30 today and I was with Mr Kongs youngest son, Puni, who can speak some English yay! He taught me that 'hue' means hungry in Thai and was also showing me how to use my feet on Thongbai's ears to direct her.
After another lovely dinner we played some drinking games and 'Spoons' with Kim, one of the mahouts which was a good laugh :)
... temple that is being built in the village - it was a strange sight with lots of elephant heads! We got to walk through it - was very dark with random statues!
We then went to mediate with the monks which was a different experience. Everyone kept looking at us as we were dressed differently and are white people! We had to kneel down and bow our heads 3 times before sitting and ...
... 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 ...