My friend and I also visited the elephant village for an elephant ride after seeing the floating markets. We were happy to pay the extra cost and buy some bananas for the elephants and the ride was great, the elephants also seemed to be well cared for. The massive issue I have with this tour was the guide offered us ivory jewellery and said the money went towards food for the elephants. He didn't do this in front of anyone else and they don't sell ivory in the souvenir shop but I imagine this is quite common, I just read a blog from someone who said they were offered 'souvenirs' half way around the tour also. When I mentioned that it was wrong to to sell ivory he seemed quite annoyed and didn't speak to us again. I wasn't able to speak to anyone else there as we had to get straight on our bus back to Bangkok. I am now looking into this and encourage anyone else who has had this experience to speak up. We cannot allow the sale of ivory products to continue, especially in a place that is claiming to be rescuing and caring for elephants.
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