I think the highlight of this trip was our trip to Maetang Elephant Park. My roommate had told me that she had previously ridden on an elephant with her daughters in ... Hatyai or some place else in Thailand so this time, she won't go on the elephant rides again.
|Spotted an elephant at work whilst on our way to the elephant park.|
The first and only time I rode on an elephant was in Zoo Negara when I was probably 10 years old.
Es was supposed to partner me (each elephant takes a couple) but somehow there was a confusion later on and I ended up going with Amran.
|Everyone was so excited!|
The elephants were 'free' to roam on their own with their mahouts riding on their back.
(I must confess that I couldn't look the elephants in the eyes because they looked a bit sad. :S)
|Taking a bath at the stream.|
We were in time for a show and it was so crowded. I was hoping it would not be a boring show, and I was pleasantly surprised. Everyone enjoyed the show!
Four elephants demonstrated their painting skills to us and WE WERE SO AWED!
It was amazing! They are better artists than I would ever be!
Suda was the best painter among them all and you can purchase her paintings for RM100 each.
After the show we went on an ox cart ride. The fee we paid for the elephant ride included an ox cart ride as well.
Along the way, we chatted about how we couldn't imagine our forefathers riding on bullock cart for days to get from Point A to Point B. Gosh, it was slowwwww.
Riding on an elephant and gripping hard on the bar to stabilise yourself was fun, but my butt would clench every now and then, tensing as I adjusted my butt-hold on to the slippery PVC seat. I had to make sure that I didn't slip off or unintentionally fall into Azman's lap!
Azman took a video of our ride and plenty of nice photos, of which I have yet to obtain from him.