Elephant Riding,Helfire Pass,rafting&tiger temple

Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
Trip End Mar 16, 2011

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

7.30am our alarm woke us up - even though rob didnt sleep a wink anyway- time to get ready for a new day.

8am we had breakfast of toast,fried egg and bannanas. I have decided after many years i like scrambled egg but still not come around to a fried egg so rob had mine.

8.30 we left for elephant riding- it was only about 5 mins from the guesthouse and AMAZING. One of the best experiences so far. The elephant we had was 27 years old, male and didnt like female elephants, so much so that when he was put near one he would start a fight. The locals called him a ladyboy elephant because he only likes men.Our group spread out over 4 other elephants and one of the baby ones followed us on our trekk. We got some wicked pictures- the elephants took us down steep hills and back up again, trod over large logs and battled over the terrain. (They are strong though and treated well- they eat upto 200 kgs of food a day and drink 100 litres of water. Our guide told us they do up to 100 trekks a day starting at half 8 and finishing at 4. So they do have time to rest, eat and bathe in the early mornings and evenings). Towards the end of the trip on the elephants our guide showed us some little souvineers he had, a ring made of an elephants tail, and 2 other gifts made of our elephants tusk when part of the end cracked off. One shaped like a tusk itself for rob and an elephant shaped one for me. We will put these on some string and wear them as a necklace. There were also some crazy monkeys here that ran back and forth constantly.

Next stop was river rafting. We hopped on board a boat along the river and jumped off onto a raft. About 10 of us from our guesthouse and 2 thai guys that worked there. They played about jumping off the raft pretending there were alligators and giving us abit of a show. They gave me a paddle and i had a go at steering the raft for abit. It wasnt like white water rafting, a much more calm float along the river.

The third part of the day was to visit hellfire pass around half 11 in the morning- where during ww2 the japanese forced prisoners of war and asian workers to build a railway connecting burma to thailand for them to use as transportation through the countries. We paid 200baht deposit each and got a headphone guide set and went through the museum. We didnt realise the history behind it until now. The workers were forced to hand carve through a mountain in jungle terrain with drill bit hammer and chissle. The pictures in the museum were an eye opener to the conditions they worked in, malnorished, disease ridden and how tortured they were. We spent about half an hour walking through the small museum listening to our headsets then head off on the trail for 90 minutes down to the hellfire pass. When we reached it you could see how much work had gone into cutting, the british had estimated completing the railway would take 6 years, however under the japanese rule they completed it in only 15 months.

The final stop for the day was tiger temple. With only an hour and 20 mins we didnt do as much here as we wanted to, but we made the most of the time we did have! We paid 1000 baht each, (about 20pound- expensive by thai standards) to play with the big tigers with toys, bathe them and feed them. When we got into the pen we were given toys- sticks with bags, balls and shredded paper on the end which the tigers loved. We got in the water and ran about with the toy. After about half an hour of doing that- and getting a cool video, we took them to the back and washed and shampood them. Then fed them chicken in our hands.

Great day today. Now were sat on the balcony of the raft looking out onto the river while one couple sat on our left are writing and drinking local beer and the irish guys on our right play cards drinking fizzy pop.

Tomorrow is Erawan National park then in the evening we catch our over night sleeper train to surat thani.

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sue south africa on

Great photos keep themcoming and take care. love you both lots.

Mum & Dad G on

WOW - What fantastic photos. You're having an amazing time with all your adventures. Really looking forward to seeing your next blog! Take care... Lots of love Mum & Dad xx

Martin Hughes on

Great photos Hope you are both having a great time. Brings back many memories. Enjoy Love Martin and Karen

Uncle Mark on

Hey Jade, looks fantastic!
Glad your having a good time. enjoyed reading your story.

sue and colin on

Oh my God. The pics are really amazing! can you bring me home a ickle tiger please. How many more things can you fit in a day!! Lotsa love X X

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