Elephants

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The little village near the 'resort' seems to be devoted to elephant rides for tourists. There are all these elephant stations scattered around. I've had elephant rides in Thailand and Nepal before, but this one was alot of fun because we went through a river. My other rides were part of Intrepid trips and Intrepid try and make sure that the elephants aren't maltreated so I was a bit worried that this trip would involve exploitation of the elephants. I hope they were well treated and not captured from the wild, but its hard to know. At least ours weren't hit, the one behind us was hit when he played up and ended up with blood on his head which was a bit distressing.

We had a long ride around the town with its long houses with pigs dozing underneath and dogs lying on the verandahs.

It was fun to be so high and be able to peer into people's backyards. Our elephants took the occasional branch of leaves as a snack. But you had to watch the trees and low lying branches. Then we went into the lake and saw the canoe like boats with the boat men all using their feet to row them like they were pedalling a bicycle. Our elephants got deeper and deeper until the water was nearly touching our feet. Suspicious bubbles appeared behind our elephant. And then mysterious circular blobs floated up from behind our elephant leaving a trail as they soldiered on through the water.

After our ride we fed our elephants bananas and then went for a walk around the town and looked at the little striped piglets. We spent the day driving back to Nha Trang. We visited a snake (who had had his fangs removed, poor thing), a mushroom farm (again surprisingly interesting), slid through mud to see some pepper trees and stood in the rain to look at some coffee beans.  It was a great day.

rotorhead85 says:
Hoping to get up there this year! Nice blog!
Posted on: Jan 22, 2009
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