Sunday, September 20, 2015

Elephant Ride in Thailand

In May of 2015, I spent a month in Thailand. It's not my first trip to Thailand, but I really wanted to do things not done on the other visits. 

This time it was riding an elephant. I must say that there are several options available. There are the Eco-tours that allow you to feed and care for elephants over a period of time. There are day trips and half day trips. 

I chose a half day trip that included an elephant ride and a trip to a floating market just outside of Bangkok. I'll share more on the floating market later.  But the ride was well worth the effort. 

We were able to purchase bananas before we were escorted to a canopy covered chair aboard the elephant. There is a nice jungle trail we are escorted through by an experienced guide. He even fed the bananas to our elephant, Kyoko.  

All in all, I can think of zero people other than my travel partner who have ridden an elephant. So I have to say, the experience was priceless.  Here is a short clip of the ride. 

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Leroy Phoenix 

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