Who Doesn't Love an Elephant?

Trip Start Dec 26, 2011
Trip End Feb 08, 2012

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Our place that we are staying at in Khao Sok, is at the very end of the string of small bungalow establishments some offering the cool trees houses which were unavailable at the time, and twice the price. We were very happy with our little riverside cottage at the end of the resort, and were only visited by a curious toad that wouldn't give up in trying finding a way into our bungalow even though Michael kindly scooted him out several times after he just wouldn't give up trying. I must admit that I brought my flashlight into the bathroom when I had to go late at night, always hoping for the best that I wouldn’t find any creepy uninvited guests.

After recovering from our caving excursion we were motivated once again for a little jungle experience, so we signed up for an elephant ride in the jungle. I have rode elephants before, and riding them in an actual jungle, is quite the experience, and it was on Michael's "bucket "list, so who doesn’t want the opportunity to scratch something off your list! We were joined by two young girls from Finland, I’m always inspired to meet young women, out on their own, seeing their world, Ive come to find that people much older find going farther than Vegas a little too far out of their comfort zone, let alone girls still in college.
Our elephant was the slower of the two elephants heading out to take us and the girls, we quickly noticed once we boarded the small bench that was strapped to his back and started our hike into the jungle. I know that such big creatures barely feel us riding up high on their backs, and probably really enjoy the walks and the bonus banana treats that they will receive after as a reward. The ride was beautiful, and we were high up in the trees having to duck to miss being hit my low branches. This has become a common occurrence for Michael reaching almost 6’4".  He has been hitting his head on doorways, luggage racks on local buses, and everything else clearly not built for a country full of people half his height. Every once in a while I hear in a while I hear an occasional “Damn!" and I know exactly what just happened….

On the way back from our visit to a watering hole, Michael was offered to ride back on the neck of the elephant which is a really great way to experience how it was always done, and gripping your legs around its large neck and holding on behind its ears, and this is all done barefoot,,,,of course! The guy barely ever wears shoes, which we are always polite to leave outside pretty much every building that we enter here in asia.  Our elephant was rewarded at the end of our ride with two baskets of fresh bananas, and seeing they were being feed very well, he treated it like just a snack to him.

We packed up and were off to our next stopover in Krabi, then to our next destination, a cool, mellow island called Koh Jum, between Krabi and Koh Lanta that is accessed by ferry, then greeted half way by long tail boats sent out from the various bungalow resorts on the island in which you crawl down a ladder, into the boat, and are whisked off to your place on the beach. This island is one of the special ones left, no cars, no atms, and yes, only cold showers,,,,, Paradise! Well, at least to me. We were offered a private taxi to krabi from Khao sok for 3000 baht ( about $100) Michael and I did it with 3 buses, a short motorbike taxi ride, and  another great plate of Pad Thai noodles at our lunch bus stop for a grand total 300 baht….( $10) we are really getting good at this type of travel.
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Iris on

Thanks for sharing your experiences with me! You trip sounds awesome as always! Keep having fun!

maureen mason on

Where did the silly expression come from "an elephant never forgets? I sure have not forgotten our elephant friends on Koh chang!!! you go Michael! keep checking off adventures on the famous bucket list

christine on

The elephant is soooooo cute! I want to ride him. I am now in Brussels for the 6 day trip again but your trip still looks way better. Keep having fun and I enjoy the blogs and pics! miss ya, Christine

Sarah on

That toad was not the cute little frog I imagined before seeing the picture! Ahhh! I am glad you got to ride an elephant again! That is such a cool experience.

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