Elephant Riding,Helfire Pass,rafting&tiger temple
Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
45Trip End Mar 16, 2011
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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
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
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.