Water with Elephants
Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
15Trip End Mar 16, 2013
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So after our jungle ride, they took off the saddles on the elephants and we jumped on bareback, along with my little ten year old guide, an adorable girl who was the daughter of one of the elephant trainers, and headed down to the river. Remember how i said that Christine had a bit of a fear of river snakes? well, she seemed to have put those thoughts aside with hopes that a big elephant would scare any would be river snakes from approaching us at this time.
Ive seen the pictures of people on the back of the elephants while they went into the water, and you got a little spray from their trunks as they filled their trunks and sprayed off their backs to the delight of the guest riding on their back.
To our surprise these elephants went into the water, and dove all the way underneath, completely immersing themselves underwater! with us riding on top bareback with nothing to hold us on, except our legs clutching around their large bellies. we laughed hysterically as they swam and dove underneath the water again and again, my little guide encouraging mine to stand up and try to buck me off which he accomplished several times. Christine's elephant loved to fill up its truck and completely drench her, which didn't matter since by this time we were completely wet anyways. It was seriously one of the funnest things i have ever done.
To top the day off, we went on a floating river raft cruise down the river kwai. sitting on a small platform, sharing a Chang beer and watching the local life as we cruised by.
What an amazing day, and I'm happy to report not one river snake to be seen.