We started off the day in a very bad way because we had earlier booked a tour though our hotel that should comprise a 3hr trek and bamboo rafting. We were told that pick up will be at 10 am. We were met by a furious driver at 10 am and we only found out from a fellow traveller that they have been waited outside our hotel in the songtaew for 1.5 hours. There were 12 of us squashed into the back of the songtaew with barely any space to move. So we proceeded on a tour comprising the orchid garden, elephant trekking, bamboo rafting, tribe visit and waterfall...all that we did not intend to do. The elephant trainer we got was very young and had problems guiding the poor elephant and had to dismount and started hitting the legs and hinds to compel it to move. We just wanted to go back to the starting point and forget about the ride but we couldn't communicate with him as he couldn't understand English. The trek to the waterfall although short was rather difficult and will recommend proper shoes and not sandals. Although the guide spoke good english, he was rather nonchalant. i will not recommend signing up with panda tours.
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