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Craig and I on the back of our 4x4

So we woke up after a heavy night at 11am, thats early for me you know considering we only got back in about 2 hours earlier. We wanted to fit alot in today so we packed a day bag and jumped on our rented 4x4, two in the front (me driving) 2 on the back (open air).

About 20 mins north of our accomodation is a elephant trekking site, so we decided it was all something we wanted to do and headed on our way. We soon left the shops and stalls and were enclosed by rain forest and tall mountains with their peaks in the clouds.

When we arrived it was a shock too see people so close with the elephants, although i did feel that the way i think the locals treat them when no westerners are around is not on, one elephant was chained to a post, the chain being only 1 metre long! This upsetted me as i feel these type of animals need huge spaces to roam and be free.

Jim stressed for some reason getting into the 4x4
.. Unfotunatly for them, no vistors, means no money which means no food, so we decided to go ahead and ride one of the large elephants. The elephants were mounted with a rider sat on the head and a chair on the back which sat Craig and I. I wont say its the safest i ever felt as the elephant had to go up a VERY steep hill, and we held on for dear life as we moved off.. Will upload pictures of the day tomorrow when i am waiting about for hours on end for connections!

The surroundings were amazing, tropical rain forest and huge mountains, quite different from anything i have ever seen! We also saw a small baby something or other, not sure what the animal was, but wil upload the pictures tomorrow so maybe one of you guys can id it for me, it was well cute though :)

Anyway im off to pack up my bag as we leave early tomorrow morning for the trip back up to bangkok, will no doubt have little or no sleep again as its the Black Moon party tonight and its suppose to be pretty rocking, so another night dancing and drinking buckets of alcohol, yes they actually are buckets, they give u a bucket about 5 straws and a hole bottle of spirits, crazy!

Will deffo get pics up tomorrow...

Oh and thanks for all the emails and texts i have recieved since i have been away :)

 

x

Devika1985 says:
this is great!
Posted on: Oct 11, 2007
Frenchie says:
yea bucket... they are pretty cool but quite dangerous... u get drunk easily, plus when u a girl guys are sharing theirs with u and in the end u end up drunk and with a big headache the next day lol
Posted on: Oct 11, 2007
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Craig and I on the back of our 4x4
Craig and I on the back of our 4x4
Jim stressed for some reason getti…
Jim stressed for some reason gett…
A friendly backpacker i met with a…
A friendly backpacker i met with …
Very cute, very soft
Very cute, very soft
A Mountain near the trekking site
A Mountain near the trekking site
A baby elephant with a baby thai b…
A baby elephant with a baby thai …
Craig and I on back of our elephant
Craig and I on back of our elephant
Jim and Laura on there one
Jim and Laura on there one
View from on top of the elephant
View from on top of the elephant
A beach we found on our way back f…
A beach we found on our way back …
ermm.. palm tree :P
ermm.. palm tree :P
Another shot of the beach
Another shot of the beach
2 lovely sisters and a brother who…
2 lovely sisters and a brother wh…
A Standard Thai toilet... nice eh!
A Standard Thai toilet... nice eh!
Me acting like a plonker with our …
Me acting like a plonker with our…
Yet again, on the back of a 4x4 on…
Yet again, on the back of a 4x4 o…
At night on the coach back to bang…
At night on the coach back to ban…
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