An elephant ride was a "must-do", and Mae Ping Elephant Village was the venue. We arrived just in time to see the "show" but were in two minds about this, wondering if cruelty was involved in training these incredible animals. But then I thought, if an elephant didn’t want to work, I’m sure it would make its reluctance clear. They are, after all, amazingly powerful creatures. We saw elephants dragging logs, playing football, balancing on their front legs, playing drums, dancing, painting, and perhaps most bizarrely, walking on two legs. Impressive? Yes, but still somewhat perturbing.
After the "show", the elephants and their trainers trundled down to the river, and they rolled and "frolicked" i...Read More