My cousin, Suki, had kindly arranged an on-land day trip for us this time; in the form of the South Lanta Waterfall Safari!
We were picked up from our villa in the morning and hopped onto the back of the truck.
We met our friendly tour-guide, who took us and a lovely German couple through the jungle…
She showed us caves with bats….
…and as we followed her in deeper…
…we discovered rocks that sound hollow when you knock on them!
Back on track, we followed our guide to the waterfall.
With a sign like that, you know it’s going to be epic!
It’s more of a water-dribble than a water-fall…
A little disappointed with the ‘waterfall,’ we headed back through the jungle.
Our ride turned up swiftly and we were soon seated with air con, fresh pineapple and cold bottles of water, while we waited for our elephant ride!
Ry and I were both keen to ride an elephant since we were in Thailand! Although we had both wanted to go to a conservation park/sanctuary to do this, we couldn’t find any in the locations that we were headed to on this trip; so decided to go ahead with Suki’s local arrangements.
It was amazing to see an elephant so up close, but we already felt a bit guilty watching her walking over to us with a seat on her back and a guy sat on her head.
We were allowed a maximum of 1 hour, but requested to stay on for half an hour.
The fact that the rider was holding a bull-hook put me on edge for the entire ride.
Luckily he didn’t use it!
Well not on our elephant, Boonba, anyway!
He hacked at the rubber trees that surrounded us and showed us the line of rubber that it produced.
The experience was also dampened by the fact that our guide was smoking and playing some really bad Thai music on his phone for most of the ride.
Nevertheless we tried to make the most of it!
After a short while, our guide hopped off Boonba’s head and asked us to move forward for some photos, while Boonba roamed a little more.
We also thought that it was a bit of a shame that the walk took place in such a heavily wooded area; not ideal for elephants!
This was our favourite photo! 😀
When our time was up, we fed Boonba some pineapples, which we actually enjoyed more than the ride.
Oh no, all gone!
Although we both managed to tick elephant-trekking off our bucket lists, we felt too guilty to actually enjoy it.
Having read up on the cruelty that elephants have to endure from a young age, just to please tourists; we wouldn’t recommend it. If anyone’s got any recommendations for any good conservation sites/sanctuaries where we can just play with the elephants, we’d LOVE to hear from you!
I’m sorry this has been a bit of a negative post; I promise our next one will be much more cheerful! 😉