The BEST Day EVER! (Also Our WORST Days Ever)

We searched and searched for the most ethical and cheapest Elephant day. We found a trip to a sanctuary where we could mud-bathe the elephants, wash them and feed them. It was expensive (and we knew it would be), costing us 2300 THB pp (just over £52) but honestly, every penny was worth it, and we would do it over again and again.

Before I go on to describe our day, I can only say please do not ride/trek on elephants! We have since set up a petition to get it banned, so please check out and sign our petition.

https://www.change.org/p/people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals-peta-get-elephant-trekking-riding-banned-in-thailand-savetheelephants?recruiter=546651887&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

We opted for the 11:30 tour, getting there about 12:30 pm. We began the day by receiving an information lesson where we got to learn about the Elephants. We grabbed a basket and prepared some fruit for them. Elephants don’t have stomachs which is why they eat such a huge amount.

We then got to greet them all and feed them; it was amazing. They were all so friendly and the babies were so energetic sloshing around in the mud. They provided a lot of humour watching them charge at people & watching mum & dad run away from them was the best part. After feeding them we went for a mud bath with them. It wasn’t quite the mud spa people dream of – but then you can’t complain when you’ve got elephants as company. It was so much fun and it really was so rewarding seeing them so happy in the type of environment they deserve to be in.

We then went ‘swimming’ with them although it wasn’t our everyday kind of swimming pool. People were splashing them and they were loving it.

We washed them down and gave them a scrub and then, unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to them. It was a spectacular day and was our favourite day of our travels so far. We 100% recommend going to the Jungle Elephant Sanctuary either in Chiang Mai or Phuket.

We washed them down and gave them a scrub and then, unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to them. It was a spectacular day and was our favourite day of our travels so far. We 100% recommend going to the Jungle Elephant Sanctuary either in Chiang Mai or Phuket.

We washed them down and gave them a scrub and then, unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to them. It was a spectacular day and was our favourite day of our travels so far. We 100% recommend going to the Jungle Elephant Sanctuary either in Chiang Mai or Phuket.

It was a long, enjoyable day but we were all so tired and I & James were due to go to Phi Phi the following day. We went out for some dinner and had an early-ish night, although we still had a few cheeky drinks.

We purchased our boat tickets costing us only 300THB pp (about £7) with a small travel agent. But unfortunately, the day we were due to go we were both very poorly and no chance was we going to be able to travel. We had to call our boat company and change the boat ticket to the day after but there was a surcharge of an additional 200THB for the 2 of us. We were due to meet Ollie and Lauren (our friends we met in Pai) and they waited for us there for about 5 days so we felt super guilty letting them down. We agreed to this and booked another night accommodation. We spent the rest of the day in bed.

The next day we woke up, feeling a bit better but still not right we managed to false ourselves to go down for a plain breakfast. At that moment James went a nasty shade of white and I knew that again we would be unable to go. So, we repeated the previous day and called the boat company and they agreed to do the same thing but an additional 400THB for the 2 of us. This was getting expensive.

It was a disaster but we were so very poorly and our health always will come first no matter how much it costs us.

But the third day luckily we were good to go (and Ollie & Lauren were still there waiting patiently). We still weren’t 100% and every movement was a lot of effort (especially with 15kg on our backs). We said our goodbyes to my parents and it was sad, again. But only 6 weeks left and we would be back in England. We were on our way to Phi Phi, finally.

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