Port Angeles, Washington
January 9, 2002
We rode elephants for about an hour as part of our Hilltribe trek. There were two people plus a mahout on each elephant. There is a wooden seat on the elephants back to sit on which is not very comfortable. Great view though! The mahouts generally sat on the elephant’s neck, but ours jumped down and motioned for one of us to try sitting on the neck. My husband isn’t very flexible, so this wasn’t comfortable for him, but it was just perfect for me. The elephants skin is dry and thick – I wondered if it could even feel my hands resting on it’s head. Our elephant was sort of the leader of the group, so she was very well behaved. Some of the other elephants were younger and got easily distracted by all the snacks along the trail. I looked back once and the elephant behind us had a whole tree in it’s trunk! All of the animals were very gentle. I found the river crossing especially fun. Sometimes they just walked in the river for a while rather than on the bank. One of the mahouts sang beautiful songs during the whole trip. The whole experience was great – elephants are beauties!
From journal Chiang Mai – Week 1 of 4 of Thailand trip