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March 3, 2004
The first trek in the series was a two-hour elephant tour up and down hills, crossing rivers until reaching a vista point of the ocean. This was a nice view from the height of an elephant. As our small caravan of elephants traversed the trail some would try to stop to snatch a bite of food. Not understanding the word my guide was saying, I began using "giddy up" to which others seemed to laugh. I personally found it to be effective and in the middle of crossing a river the guide pointed to the elephants wherein I nodded and we switched seats. I continued to say "giddy up" and was now able to lightly kick the heels of my sandals into the elephant’s side too. Although not quite like riding a horse, I found the neck of the elephant to offer much more comfort than the basket, which even the guide, had abandoned to walk along the path.
We returned to base and went on a 15-minute walk along a trail to a waterfall where most of proceeded to take a dip. Although the water was cool, hidden from the sunlight, it was refreshing. We spent about an hour here and made our way back to the restaurant for a buffet lunch.
The last activity was a unique experience for me and I was rather please at having an entire bamboo raft to myself. On the canoe and kayak tours the guide does all the work from the back whereas on this raft he was positioned at the front with a long bamboo rod for steering and pushing the raft. The raft was long and narrow similar to a tandem kayak. The seats were merely two bamboo rods fastened together. You will get wet on this trip, as you will be sitting in water as you pass some light white-water. Passing the time away on this one-hour journey, my guide pointed out frogs, a tree snake and frogs.
From journal Thai Christmas and New Year's
March 2, 2004
The first trek in the series was a 1.5-hour canoe trip where the guide does all the paddling and points out snakes in the trees above you as well as birds and frogs. The river is narrow, shallow and flat making bringing a camera not a concern. There is a deep pool for swimming with a tree and swinging rope halfway through your journey, but the canoe remains on the shallow side of the river and pulls over the more adventurous ones.
Returning to base, you can change or retrieve items or just have a beverage, as you get ready for your two-hour elephant trek through the jungle. Although the elephant’s ride is fairly smooth, going down hill requires holding onto the basket as the only thing that holds you in is a rope loosely pulled from one side of the basket to the other. I found myself sliding forward and grabbing the back of the seat. Walking through, yes through the stream to be quite pleasant. I just kept wondering if at time the elephant would decide to get a drink and then spray it all over his back. Fortunately with a guide sitting right on the neck, I figured it probably doesn’t occur. We arrived at small shack on stilts where we got off and the elephants had brief respite. Climbing down from the shack and across a swaying wooden bridge was a deep pool with a cascading waterfall to relax a bit myself.
Again we returned to base where a buffet meal awaited us. There was fish soup, a platter of fish, a large omelet, rice, mixed vegetables and beef with cashews. The grounds surrounding the outdoor restaurant were quite beautiful. Not only were on the banks of the river, but a fairly extensive herb garden was nearby with a large poster detailing the flavors and uses of each.
One last little trip up to beautiful waterfall where one of the guides swam up the mouth of the falls to help tourist that ventured that far make it all way. Each of us having made the swim and standing in the falls had passed our cameras off to someone for pictures. It was a memory worth preserving.