This place offers free pick up from Kata , but they had not turned up after 35 minutes, contacted them and they apologised "got time wrong", the van picked us up but then had to pick someone else, reached there 90 minutes after meant pick up time when it is only 5 minutes from kata beach . Elephants are chained -all legs such that they cant move at all , they use their trunks to grab the bananas you can offer then after your ride. Took 50 min trek, it is not through any exotic jungle.. you ride through a patch of rubber trees, insect repellent strongly advised or prepare to be bitten by mosquitoes.
To the ride itself, it was just ok, the guide didnt say much, seat is not exactly comfortable with posterior upper thighs resting on a metal bar, a rope across as a ?safety belt. It is not safe, dont wish anybody to fall off.
They use a metal hook to hit the elephant head, yes elephants have thick skin, but the thud that instrument made made me uncomfortable.
I just felt something lacking in the experience...
My sister was on another elephant . She told me the elephant in front of hers had stopped to pee/poo, and the guide on that elephant started hitting the elephant for having stopped, to the point that she was praying for the elephant to hurry up so that it would stop getting hit.
They have 2 apes in a cage up the stairs near the toilet. The "blonde" one looks so sad I am sure it is clinically depressed. It is just stationary, crouched over, and looks sad, while the black one is constanly moving.
Sorry but I cant recommend this place, didnt like the way the elephants were chained that they cant move one inch in any direction.
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