I wanted to ride an Elephant like Oprah

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I saw a special on Oprah about her traveling to India. She was riding on an elephant and I thought to myself someday I will ride an elephant in India just like Oprah. Well I still have not made it to India, but I was able to take my first ride in Thailand. I chose to do a guided all day elephant trek with Blue Elephant Thailand Tours. The price was approximately 255.00 per person.  Yes I thought it was expensive but I didn’t know when I would return to Thailand or have another opportunity to ride an elephant.image

Mr. Kai, our driver and tour guide picked up my cousin Taniesha and I up from the hotel at 8 am. Our first stop was at the fresh market where he picked up our lunch and fresh fruit for the elephants. Soon, after we arrived at the Blue Tao Elephant Village. We ate a delicious lunch of Thai noodles, pork, chicken, and fried rice, wrapped in banana leaves. It was very good but we couldn’t finish the food as they provided us with large portions.

 

 

After eating lunch we changed into an elephant mahout outfit (blue denim shirt and Capri pants) they have most sizes but I was unable to fit the shirt. So beware if you have more cushion in the tummy area. We were than introduced to our elephants. We fed them bananas, watermelon rinds and leaves. It was fun trying to feed them but I was hoping there slimy tongues wouldn’t actually touch my hands.

 

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Now onto the hard part, trying to actually ride an elephant bareback. Riding bareback is safer than having a seat strapped onto the elephants back. In order to climb on top, you have to climb on their feet and hop on the back. After hoping on you have to steady yourself as they stand up on all 4 legs. As we begin to move, I was really scared. Scared like I wanted to cry and get off scared. I was afraid because riding an elephant bareback means that you do not have the convenience of sitting on a chair while riding. You have to sit on the neck of the elephant, wrap your feet behind his ears and steady your arms on top of its head. When going up a hill, you have to lean forward and hold onto his head to prevent from falling.  In addition elephants love to eat, hence why they are such large animals. As we trekked through the jungle, the elephants often stopped to eat leaves from the ground. As we were going down the hill, I felt like I was literally about to fall off the elephant. I called for Mr. Kai to stop and I jumped off the elephant!!  My cousin teased me because I got off the elephant but I was perfectly fine with her making fun of me long as I didn’t fall off.

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Holding onto the rope for dear life!

 

After riding we had the opportunity to bathe the elephants. It was fun getting inside the water and bathing the elephants. They love the cool water and strokes from the brushes on their back.

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My cousin stayed on the elephants back while in the water. The elephant decided they he wanted to fully submerge in the water with my cousin on its back. My cousin fell of her elephant into the water. Now it was my opportunity to tease her. The best part was Mr. Kai capturing the fall on camera.

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Feet up, Head down, (Taniesha falling in the water)

If I ever ride an elephant again I probably will not ride bareback because you only have a rope to hold on and you need extra strength in either your arms or legs. Due to the fact I used my arms to hold myself up while riding, my arms were sore several days after. My motto is “Experience everything at least once”.  I must say that I am glad to have checked off riding elephants from my bucket list.

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Elephant Hugs

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Elephant Love

41 Comments

  1. What an awesome adventure! Your pictures are beautiful. Talk about a Kodak moment. What’s so funny to me is how you and your guide are just staring as your friend goes down… Lol.

    • Thanks for reading Deon! I’m so glad that I could give you a laugh before completing your reading assignment. So glad that my tour guide Mr. Kai captured some great action shots. Right we watched as it all went down, I was just watching hoping she was ok..lol then I could laugh..

  2. Awesome! Good for you- I love that you are out there having these wonderful experiences. Kudos to you!! I’m taking my 1st painting class the end of April- you do only live once..lol.

    • I want to thank you again for following my travel Journey! Y.O.L.O (you only live once) is my motto when traveling. Who knows if I will get a chance to be come back to a particular destination.

      You are going to love the painting class. I took my dad to paint night for Fathers day and we had a great time.

  3. That must have been an unforgettable experience. Your pictures are amazing! As I mentioned before you are really motivating me to start traveling.

    • Yes I must thank my tour guide he took some great shots! It was a great experience. I love experiencing new things when I travel. I figure I should try it in the moment because I’m not sure when I will return to a particular destination! I’m so glad I could motivate you to travel. Make sure to let me know if you have any questions about planning a trip and I want to know all the details. lol

  4. That food looks delish! And how exciting to be able to ride an elephant!!! That’s something I’ve never thought of doing, but I supposed it would be a good bucket list item, huh?:)

    • Yes the food was great, it was so much we saved it for dinner but never finished because we actually went out to eat at a restaurant later on that evening. Def a good bucket item list, you should def think about it!

    • Right, I couldn’t laugh until after i knew she was ok. lol. The ropes were behind you, which was the problem, it was awkward trying to hold ropes in back of me, it defeated the purpose of having something to hold onto.. def memories for a lifetime which is why i love traveling for the memories.

    • It was an amazing opportunity! You can ride the elephants with seats on them but its not suggested because they say the seats are harmful to there back. Or you can ride bareback like i did. its scary but i recommend at least once for the experience.

  5. Thailand is on my travel list! I wouldnt wait to go to India to ride an Elephant so I am so happy you shared this in your time there. I need to do this too so fun!

    • LOL I’m so glad I have inspired you to add something to your bucket list! I had a great time with the elephants. You have got to try it, let me know how your first ride goes! That’s the best part of traveling is memories I could purchase shoes and close but only those last for so long. Memories last a life time! Thanks for reading!

    • See your like me, I had to trust my gut, and from her falling glad i trust my instincts! The other funny part is that our guide managed to snap pictures as she was falling! LOL Yes you have to experience at least one time! Check it off your bucket list

  6. I love reading about your adventures because of how brave and bold you are. I don’t think I’d even get on a horse let alone an elephant! Go girl!

  7. Wow you got some amazing shots with your experience with the elephants. I want to ride one too but I want to make sure they are not being abused. I will do my research because I hear so many are abused just to make tourism profits break my heart.

    I do like that you got to go in there and bathe with them. And is it wrong that I laughed at the photo of your cousin falling off the elephant?? I really LOL’d

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