When my family decided to go to thailand on holiday, straight away I begin to research elephant places. Trip advisor was amazing as the reviews helped. As soon as I saw the foundation I went on their website and knew I wanted to visit it. As it was my birthday and I love animals I begged my parents to let me go while we were on holiday. All I can say was what an experience.
When we first arrived it was all so lovely. I knew Wednesday was a good day to go as the English volunteers were there, huge thanks to Jo and her lovely husband explaining everything to us. They made the experience all the better! We paid 800baht for an hour trek on the elephants(it is optional) but I thought for the experience we would try it. It was okay and the elephants were beautiful. The mahout did try to sell us 'ivory' and offer us a photo but all you need to say is no. Do not feel obliged to say yes as the money you give them doesn't go to the foundation to help with the elephants care. When we got back from the trek I got the wonderful opportunity to feed and learn about the elephants and their stories. My dad of course was much more interested in hearing about Jo's husbands life(which he has done some cool stuff)
Afterwards I was given the choice to either watch songkran preform a show or wash her. Deciding to wash her was the best idea. She's a fab wee elephant! In the end I ended up getting more of a bath than her! as she sprayed me which was funny. Being that close to an elephant was such a amazing experience and would encourage anyone to go and see the work of the foundation. Leaving I ended up wanting to buy all the foundations merchandise, as I loved everything about the place so much. It was a perfect day and the best birthday present, wouldn't and couldn't ask for a better 16th birthday!
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