Day 5 - early afternoon
Temperature: 33 Celsius
Weather: Blue sky, cloudless, hot
Now that we've left the "Tiger Temple" with all smiles on our faces, you would think that we’d be heading back to our hotel in Bangkok! Right! But no! Surprise, surprise! More was yet to be seen and done on our day’s itinerary!
So, guess what? We had another exciting stop to do and this one was none other than at the Kanchanaburi Elephant Camp where we had all the thrills and excitement of riding on the back of an Asian elephant!
Upon arrival at the camp, I’ve noticed that these elephants were much different in appearance than those I’ve seen and rode on last year in Africa! For a start, they were smaller in size and had smaller ears. As well, interestingly they had black hair on their head that resembled needles due to the fact that they were a good inch long, hard and pointed.
As for the trunks and ears of these Asian elephants, they had pink/orange patches which gave them an odd appearance if you ask me! But still, an elephant is an elephant and I was happy to be here today to ride on the back of one of them!
As you know me……picky and fussy as I am, right from the start, I knew which elephant I wanted to ride on! And this, none other than the biggest one of the bunch! So, after informing our guide Sally of my wish and desire, guess what! It was granted much to my enthusiasm.
His name was Syra, a 45 years old male elephant. As for his ivory tusks, they were long and crooked due to the fact that they weren’t cut. If you ask me, it gave this Asian elephant more of an exotic look and definitely added to his glamour on photos! :-)
Michel and I sat on the back of Syra on a metal frame seat with padded cushions. This was tied around the huge animal with ropes. It looked solid enough for me not to worry about falling down! Hehehe!
A young Thai mahout sat in front of us this being on the back of the big elephant’s head and directed the huge animal while we bounced from side to side as he walked on a sandy path.
The sky was a perfect blue and the landscape with mountains and trees around. The trail taken was an amazing one and greatly contributed to my enjoyment as I waved to Sally, our guide who had my camera in hand and continuously took pictures!
The elephant ride might have been only for half an hour but it was definitely an incredible one even though it took me a few minutes afterwards to be able to walk properly! As Michel boldly told me, that will teach me for riding on the biggest elephant! :-)
Included in our private day’s tour was lunch. This was definitely great since by now it was way past lunch time and I was getting hungry. A stop was made at a restaurant don’t ask me the name of it but upon inquiring to Sally, she translated it to “Rommai Chaykhhhao”! Still, funny looking name!
Here, Michel and I were given our own table to eat whereas Sally and Mr. Tee, our driver sat at the back of the restaurant. I do think that this was nice since it gave us our privacy to talk and do what we pleased. We had a buffet style lunch with various Thai foods to choose from. And, I was able to find something to my taste, same for the dessert.
By 3:30pm, we were back in Bangkok and at our hotel. By now, yes, I was exhausted and required a much deserved rest! After all, I’ve been up and running since 3:00am this morning and needed my baby sleep before my next outing in about four hours from now!Monique :-)