#3 swimming with elephants

Some of my best experiences of the trip have involved animals.  I’ve never considered myself to be much of an animal person, perhaps because most creatures with fur leave me suffering and sneezing for the rest of the day.  Hence why I currently own a goldfish and cannot wait to have my very own tortoise.

In my third instalment I want to write about the time I got to swim with elephants. A couple of  friends joined us for a two-week trip around Thailand for a holiday. An elephant ride had been on my to-do list for a while and I was rather excited by the time the day finally came around.  We decided Khao Lak in Thailand would be the best place for this and we weren’t short on offers.

Our elephant, Dogboa. Saying Hello!

My advice for finding a day trip/overnight stay/whichever elephant expedition interests you is to shop around. Almost every other shop in Khao Lak is a travel agent selling all sorts of trips and tours. We finally managed to find the perfect trip for us – a two-hour visit with no extras added on to bulk out the day. The trip included transportation, an elephant ride and lastly an elephant swim. As we were inundated with so many various trip itineraries its difficult to say which company we went for in the end – I simple can’t remember. Sorry!

Dinner time

The whole experience was so much fun. The Mahouts were great with the elephants as they guided us through the park with the two of us wobbling on the very unstable seat on top.

If you are interested in a trip like this I would really recommend choosing one where you can swim with them as well. Yes the elephant was super itchy to sit on in our swimming costumes. Yes the water was disgusting and yes there was an enormous amount of poo floating in the water. But they are elephants, you just have to roll with it.

Mind that poo!

It was an incredible experience sitting on the backs of these huge, gentle creatures. As well as researching the companies, make sure to also read reviews so you can make up your own mind about whether you are comfortable to do this. I thoroughly enjoyed it though.

Elephant trekking

Not often will you get to say “I’ve spent the day swimming with elephants!”


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