All and all the day was enjoyable. We started with feeding the elephants bananas and watching them bathe. We did see some yelling and using a tool to grab their ears. My daughter noticed bleeding on one elephant that resisted. We enjoyed show, and the plentiful meal (at the time). The raft ride was very nice, but hot, hot, hot. Previously we had done a similar raft ride with a different company, that had a shade, much more enjoyable. The next morning my teenage daughter was feeling queasy. She tried to do some sight seeing, but we returned early to the hotel as she wasn't feeling well. That night so about 30 hours after eating she began to vomit. She was very ill more than one episode. When we called the front desk of our hotel for help, they
asked us if we had visited the Elephant training center. Other guests at our hotel that had visited were sick with food poisening as well. We were so disappointed after reading such good reviews.
I think if you go there you will enjoy the experience. JUST DON'T EAT THE FOOD! They
evidently have issues. 4 of us ate, all food was pretty hot and tasted good. Only one was sick. It
was also the kids in the other families. I think their systems were just too weak to handle.
One other observation, which may be part of the food poisoning problem. There was no paper in the bathrooms (not totally unusual for parts of Thailand. But no soap or paper towels either.
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