This is an experience I would rather forgot. It started off well with the rafting and great guides we had then but just went down hill. We saw too many elephants distressed and on very short chains or basically 'parked' in garages. The mahout didn't speak to us throughout the ride and I don't know much about training elephants but it looked like excessive force used on some of these poor creatures. The ox ride was just as bad. Just a sad day out and trying to get money from you at every step (ie. feed the elephant your riding bananas at multiple points or have them be hit by the mahout when you deny them trying to get them) - do your research and look for one of the elephant farms where they are allowed some freedom.