I'm not sure how the last reviewer and I went to the same place as I had an amazing day! I don't typically write reviews but in this case I felt I had to. We had a short explanation at the start of the day about what they do at Patara and a bit of information about the elephants and how to behave around/with them and then we were taken to our elephants! We were each introduced to our own elephant for that day and our elephant's mahout. My mahout didn't really speak English but that was fine because our guide explained about how to check the elephant's health status and whether they were happy to be working with us (my mahout was there to help me and keep the the elephant on track, without a rope, which he did well despite not knowing English). We hand fed our elephant then we gave it a brush and took it to the river where we washed our elephant in the shallow and then deep areas (my elephant loved the water and kept trying to submerge himself whilst I was on top!). We then learnt how to get onto the elephant and after doing so we went for a trek through the Thai countryside/jungle to where we had a fantastic lunch. We were given Thai pants to wear for this part of the day so that the short hair of the elephant wouldn't rub on our skin. After lunch we had another short ride along/through a creek to where we ended our day. My elephant was so cheeky and was constantly eating everything along the way! We also had a baby elephant with us all day as it's mum was part of our group (which was adorable as it walked alongside and underneath her mum all day!). I loved the day! I am glad I chose to support this group despite them being more expensive (I believe it was money well spent) and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing elephants in Thailand.
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