After all the Chang I had been drinking I realised that the two elephants on the beer bottles logo were the closest to the real thing that I had seen in Thailand. When the opportunity arose to go riding Elephants in Thailand, I could not refuse. Getting on was tricky, we were on a raised deck and had to climb into the seat. The first thing I noticed was just how bumpy the ride was. I should have expected a rough ride, I suppose. The elephants skin is really rough and tough with lots of hairs. The ride only took 10 minutes and after carefully dismounting I found my legs were a little bit wobbly. We helped feed a younger elephant and the experience was over.
I could not help feeling sorry for them as the ones who were not hauling people around were chained up. I am not sure how well they were treated when the tourists go home. A cheeky thought of opening the gates and letting them run free crossed my mind but I really did not fancy getting a beating or standing in front of a judge while being accused of “Elephant Liberation”.