Thailand, Day 3-Sunrise and Elephant Trekking

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Paradise
Well, I dragged myself out of bed around 6:15 am in order to head out to the beach to catch the sunrise. It was already so bright out that I was afraid I had missed it. But I was just in time. I walked to the end of the small pier and sat on the edge and watched the sun rise above the water. It was spectacular.

I spent the rest of the morning reading by the pool, later waking the husband up to join me for breakfast. It was so wonderful to just hang out and relax. After the morning spent reading, relaxing and swimming, we ate a light lunch in the hotel and then headed for the excursion we had scheduled for the afternoon: an elephant trek!

The elephant trek was through a company called Siam Safari. It was a packed schedule of things to see and do! They picked us up at the hotel and brought us to their "base camp" where we met with the rest of our group and headed up one of the mountains on Phuket.
making coconut oil
The first stop on the trip was at a monkey training center. They train little monkeys to climb the trees and get the coconuts. So we saw a little monkey twisting the coconuts around and around until they would fall out of the trees. Afterwards, we went on a ride in a buffalo cart (after sitting on the buffalo). Then we saw a demonstration of shucking the coconuts, getting coconut milk and then making coconut oil. Next was a Thai cooking demonstration where they taught us to make different types of curry (there are a lot of ingredients!) And then we saw how rubber is harvested from rubber trees and processed for sale (the harvesting is very similar to maple). We were on rubber plantation and the locals who lived there and worked there live in huts without plumbing or electricity.
others on the elephant trek
The woman who demonstrated the rubber harvesting actually had a gas powered light on her head with a tube for the fuel down to a small tank on her belt.

Next we saw a baby elephant show. The elephants were between the ages of 3 and 7. They had a whole repertoire of little acts that they did. One of them even dropped a soccer ball it my hands and then I tossed it back to him. After the show, we got to the real fun and went on our elephant ride. We spent about an hour riding on the back of a beautiful elephant all around the top of the mountain. The views were breathtaking and we could see all around the island. At the end, we bought a big basket of fruit to feed to our elephant. Then we had a nice Thai dinner at the safari camp and got to look out at the island. It was a great experience.

moonspdr says:
We booked it with the hotel. They had a whole list of different excursions that we could book. We booked the island tour with them as well.
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011
missandrea81 says:
This sounds like so much fun. Did you book this from the hotel or did you do it before you even arrived?
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011
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Paradise
Paradise
making coconut oil
making coconut oil
others on the elephant trek
others on the elephant trek
The first hint of sun
The first hint of sun
Sunrise
Sunrise
Monkey training
Monkey training
More monkeys
More monkeys
Siam Safari base camp
Siam Safari base camp
coconut shucking
coconut shucking
harvesting rubber from a rubber tr…
harvesting rubber from a rubber t…
baby elephant show
baby elephant show
elephant artist
elephant artist
baby elephants having a snack
baby elephants having a snack
rules on the elephant ride
rules on the elephant ride
our elephant trainer
our elephant trainer
view from the mountain (those isla…
view from the mountain (those isl…
one of the elephant trainers putti…
one of the elephant trainers putt…
feeding the elephant after our ride
feeding the elephant after our ride
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