Photo of The Week: Riding Elephants in Thailand

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Riding Elephants in Thailand – It feels higher than it looks!

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”.

Have you Been Riding Elephants in Thailand? Let us Enow Your Experiences in The Comments Below

Lee Carter

Born and raised in Accrington, UK, Lee has ventured far beyond his hometown, traveling throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, North America and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of Global Goose and as well as writing the occasional rant he can be found tweaking the code and taking photos of amazing things around the world. Lee and Kelly have no plans to stop their "Gap Decade" anytime soon.

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