Island tour...mixed feelings about this

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The day started off with the same frustrations as before when the tour operator couldn't find the hotel to collect me surprise surprise! Finally one of the girls from the office turned up an hour late after about 6 phone calls and being told they were on there way.  I was not very happy but at least somebody came and she drove me straight to the Wildlife park for the Elephant riding and shows.  During this time the Hungarian couple were trying really hard to get me to stay.  At one point they even told me to name my price.  Its a shame but it wasnt about money, I wanted a better location without all the hassle.

I wasnt impressed with the animal shows and the set up of this place.  It was so unpolitically correct and I dont think you would get away with what was going on in Europe.

Also everybody was just trying to get as much money out of me for extras. Tipos, photos etc.  I dont think they realise how much they are pushing peiople away from here.  The Elephant ride was OK and they appeared to be looked after OK and as I was alone I got to get off the seat and actuaqlly ride him myself. I must admit that was quite cool.

Then it was to the animal shows.  I thought these were really cruel and didnt watch much off it.  They had a young elephant doing all sorts of tricks. It was playing football and doing hand stands and all sorts.  Now, I have to say that he looked happy enough but its what goes on behind the scenes to train them that bothers me. I decided to go and get something to eat as I was getting annoyed with the trainer.

  I dont know if I am being over sensitive about this as I was the only person who appeared not to be impressed. The rest of the audience seemed to be happy enough.  They did look like the package tourists though:) As iI walked to the restaurant I passed a tiger cub in such a small cage with a sign saying, photo 200 baht.  Then this women paid for her young son to have his picture taken. The cub was very lethargic and I felt quite sorry for it. Its not how it should be kept and if people said no to the photos there would be no need for it. 

After food I wandered back to see if the shows were finished but they weren't.  Now they had monkeys on stage all dressed up with thick make up on.  Now I'm not saying a monkey in a dress isnt always funny, but this was ridiculous.

  They were constantly pulling at their chains.  Then I couldnt believe it as they brought out knives and were throwing them for the monkeys to catch.  The crowd were roaring with laughter. I went back to the jeep and waited for it all to finish. I couldnt wait to get away from here I would not recommend anyone to go to here.

Finally this show was over and everyone returned to the Jeeps and I got tto meet the others in my vehicle and heard how they had spent ages looking for my hotel that morning until the driver decided to just go.  Onto a water fall next.  I was looking forward to this as I was so hot but when we arrived there must have been about 20 other jeeps there with about 10 people each.  The pool was small and packed.

I didnt bother swimming.

After this the day did improve. There is a seat ontop of the drivers cab were I could sit and as we drove up into the mountains and through the dirt tracks it got quite wild at times.  This was more like it, out into the countryside with some great scenery.  We arrived at the top of one of the inland mountains where there was a large restaurant and all the tour s met up.  It was actually very good food and it was good to be around other people after a few lonely days.

After more driving and a  few other stops as we headed back to base we stopped at a temple with a mummified monk in a glass case.  Initially I thought it was quite cool and then when I got closer I noticed they had put a pair of Raybans on the monk.  Now thats what I call culture!.

I really dont know whether to reccomend this tour or not. It was good and bad in equal measures and quite expensive. I think 2000baht.

 

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