View Full Version : Elephant Safari

Shelley Munro
September 16th, 2009, 05:42 PM
One of the things I wanted to do when we visited Phuket was ride an elephant again. We managed to get a cheap deal for our holiday because it was monsoon season. The first day in Phuket it rained quite heavily and I was a bit worried it would spoil our ride. As it happened I neednít have worried because the sun shone as we set out for our hour long ride.

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This is hubby and I on our elephant.

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This is the view from the top. I have to add that I didnít feel very safe and the ground looked a long way down! An elephantís skin is very rough and it feels abrasive to the touch, almost like sandpaper. Itís also very bristly.

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Our elephant had freckles. He was very cute.

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This is our mahoutĖthe elephant driver.

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This is the end of our elephant ride and me saying goodbye to our mount. I enjoyed the ride, but I was pleased to stand on my own two feet again.

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Resting up after the road with a small snack to pass the time.

Would you like to ride an elephant?