This was the most interesting day for me. It was terrifying and absolutely incredible, all at the same time. This is the day we went on the elephant trek!
We went to the beach during the day and rushed home for our ride to the Siam Safari. I did a lot of research before deciding on which place to go (or if we even should go) on Elephant trekking. I read a lot of horrifying stories regarding how the animals are treated and I definitely did not want to support such activity. Siam Safari has great reviews on trip advisor and after being to it, I can vouch that they do not hit or harm the elephants while on these treks. The elephant trainers actually live with the animal so they have a good relationship. They do carry a hook with them but that’s only to guide the elephant, the just put it on its head on the side they want it to turn, they don’t use it to hit the elephants.
While on the way to the safari, I wasn’t nervous or scared at all. Mind you- I am the person who is scared of every living thing other than humans. Yes, everything! So this adventure was way out of my comfort level. After we got there, we were introduced to a ‘baby’ elephant, she was only 8 years old (the pictures above). We were able to feed her and pet her if we wanted, I of course did not. I did enjoy just taking in the beauty of this majestic creature.
It was finally time to meet our trek buddy. Her name was too hard to remember, so lets just call Moody. During our trek, she was a lazy bum. She chose her own route, so we didn’t always follow the main pack. She also stopped due to the callings of Mother Nature, not one time, several times. The trek was beautiful, it overlooked the mountains and the sea. Just being on this gentle giant really humbled me into thinking about how small we are to so many creatures on this planet, yet we are taking it for granted and messing with their habitats.
This was one of those days that I will probably remember for the rest of my life. I uploaded a few videos from the trek on Instagram – be sure to check them out 🙂 I didn’t take my camera on this trip because I was afraid it would fall over and get stepped on by these lovely creatures,
Kinza G Khan