Paradise (and a cheeky monkey!)
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August 19th, 2006 – by: RainyDayToast
We stopped off to get some bananas for the Gibbon's (very, very cheap) and Richard also bought a pineapple. We get to the rehab centre and meet with the elephants. Richard cuts up the pineapple and told us about the centre and explains that the elephants are mostly from labour camps in the northern Thailand that have been worked hard or treated badly.
The elephant ride was awesome, sometimes places were steep and we had to get used to trying to balance ourselves on the back of this huge elephant! The view at the top was beautiful and the greenery (and insects!) were awesome. Not to mention the huge spider that tried to eat Nathan (or so he says anyway)! The trip is through rubber plantations and the amount of butterflies were out of this world. I've never seen anything like it!
We even got to feed one elephant right into it's mouth, which apparently is rather rare. It was just... amazing.
We got back and just chilled out at the bar that is there at the rehab centre, and met up with some more Kiwi's. Charley loves to swing by and trys to snatch people's beers - it's quite entertaining!
Richard was a godsend really, telling us where to eat and other good information about the area. We mentioned that we had saw a baby Gibbon outside on the beach with someone, and Richard informed us that this is illegal as Gibbon's are protected, and usually the people with them have killed their mother's to get the baby and then use them in Phuket by having tourists pay to have their photo taken with them. It's so sad. He said that this guy hung out usually outside McDonalds, and we said that he was, and Richard said that they were trying to arrest the guy. So, just a warning - if you see anyone with a baby Gibbon in the Phuket area doing this - IT IS ILLEGAL!! Ask reception at your hotel who to call about it, because there is a group trying to stop this.
So, all and all - today was the highlight of our trip! :)
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