Without further ado, here's the flood of pictures coming right at ya!
First, you have to pay 600 Thai Bhat per person for a 25-minute ride. Then they hand you a ticket and you get up that small fort on the left to get strapped in by an attendant with a tattered fabric belt that offers no assurance of holding you in if something bad happens. At that point, I was praying real hard that nothing would spook our elephant.
Have you ever wondered what the back of an elephant's ears look like? Well, wonder no more.
This is the pathway where the guy asks you if you want to take the plunge. To which, we happily answered yes!
This is my last shot of these glorious animals from our bus as we drove away. BUTTS and tails waving at us goodbye!
While the heat sapped half our energy, we had enough left to roam through the various areas and stalls selling clothes, souvenirs, fruits, Thai coffee, shoes and metallic knick-knacks. It was really fun to finally see and experience what I had only previously read about and saw in pictures. There's really nothing like travelling to open one's eyes to the world.
The other half of this super fun day in the next post!
The Belated Bloomer