Chang Mai Day 202 (9th Dec)
Trip Start May 20, 2009
191Trip End Dec 22, 2009
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After taking in this interesting segments of information came the important stuff; how to control our elephants. The commands would ensure that the elephants obeyed our command (well that is the theory anyway); "Pai" along whilst kicking your legs (in a giddy-up way) meant forward, "kway-kway" along with using the sharp tool implement to guide the elephant and using your opposite foot to the corresponding direction you wanted to go meant go left or right. Finally the most important command "How" with a squeeze of the legs into the elephants neck (where we would be sitting) meant stop (don't forget that one I told myself). Other commands included "Nalong" meaning get down.
Ok, now it was time to feed the elephant with tons of Bannanas (the greedy bastards). The elephants are so huge, yet so dosile and gentle, it was brilliant to see these elephants up close and personal, being able to stroke their tough skin and place the bannanas onto their outstretched moist trunks as they shovelled it into their mushy mouths. The tiny baby elephant stole the show though, it was so cute and funny as it wobbled around dopily, Hannah was in love with it
Now feeling suitably bonded with the elephants it was time for our test drive, time to put what we had been recently taught into practice. We did some practice runs of the elephant, all wobbling slightly as we felt the sensation of riding this wild, giant, animal. After all feeling that we had learnt a little to an extent we strapped ourselves in (not literally) and headed off elephant trekking, yay!
As we trekked through the forest all in line, it felt weird and slightly uncomfortable to be riding an elephant, what a great experience, how lucky I am, the elephants swayed slightly from side to side but never looked like losing baalnce, there large, soft, squidy feet securely pounding the dry earth beneath them. Every so often the elephants would stop in their tracks and take a piddle or a giant dump on the ground and carry on. Being clever things they walk around the poo, no smelly shoes for them :)
After an hour of great fun and bumpiness we moved towards the bathing pool, oh my god a extremely muddy pool!
The rest of the day was spent playing pool, watching Ong-Bak (without english subtitles!) and eating, with me (god knows what the hell I was thinking) proclaiming "Love juice" as the soup came out, haha. We also made a brief visit to see the elephants and see the staff playing games with the baby, pulling its trunk and messing around.
In the evening we all sat around a camp fire, got shown tricks by one of the funny staff, spoke to the friendly staff, had some nice chats and got to create little hot-air balloons filled with light. It was a great end to a memorable day.