Krabi Thailand Trip Day 4 – Elephant Jungle Trekking & Lunch in a Canyon!

And the last day came as quick as that, it really was fast.

We were up early again for a quick breakfast, then out to the Jungle with the owner of an outfit that does Elephant Jungle Trekking – beat that!

First up we fed the elephants with some small bananas, hmmm…nice!

Bananas

Meet the Team

Elephants

Each one of these buggers eats more than 200 tonnes of Pineapple leaves A DAY – amazing eh. Basically…they are either sleeping or eating, because eating so much makes them sleepy.

After that we climbed up a platform which put our feet level with the elephants backs, so we could get on easily. So we mounted up, 2-3 per elephant.

Mounting Up

Then it was our turn…it was kind of scary as it’s actually quite high…especially when you are sitting on a wobbly seat held on by the elephants tail!

Eye View

Then off we went, into the jungle…just stopping for one of the elephants to take a piss, man was that a piss. Seemed like Niagra Waterfall.

It was a blazing hot day again.

Elephant Trekking

When the elephant took a big step down a slope it was especially scary as you felt you were going to catapulted over the head into the rather deep mud. The way we were trekking would be impassable by foot.

Trekking

The elephant stopped now and then to eat some bushes…which was interesting. It also left at the back, but apparently we had the best elephant, which was nice! It was the oldest and had been there there longest.

Note all the elephants are all female, I guess it’s safer as the males would be more aggressive. When it’s time to mate they are rather shy too, they won’t mate in the presences of people, they will run off into the jungle to get busy.

The scenery was quite spectacular, of course the mood was enhanced by the fact we were romping through the jungle on the back on an elephant.

Scenery

It was definitely a very interesting experience.

Mid Jungle

What worried me was when our driver hopped off and disappeared…but sure enough our elephant just wondered back to base steadily.

Trekking Back

What a view!

Trekking

After that it was back to the main camp, our driver showed us how they can climb the elephants without the platform….lifted!

Elephant Lift

We started our journey back to Phuket then and stopped at one of the most spectacular locations for lunch I’ve ever seen.

Seriously I was taken aback…wow.

Spectacular

I mean I’ve seen some places, but to sit here having lunch was amazing – a tone mapped version.

Gorge Kingdom

What a place! The food was good too.

After the hearty lunch it was back to the bus and an hour or so to Phuket where we caught the plane back to KLIA LCCT, sadly that was the end of the trip!

And well that’s the end of that so they say – I hope you enjoyed this Krabi series.

Thanks again to Air Asia and Nuffnang.

Also…PLEASE comment on my posts, I live for comments and feedback…not silent pageviews.

Krabi Thailand Trip Day 1 – Flight, Tiger Cave (Wat Tham Sua), The Fruit Market, Fish Farm & Krabi La Playa
Krabi Thailand Trip Day 2 – Island Hopping (Thale Waek, Poda, Chicken and Tup Island), Snorkeling & A Thai Massage!
Krabi Thailand Trip Day 2 – Rock Climbing at Railay (Rai la/Ton Sai) Beach
Krabi Thailand Trip Day 3 – Kayaking Through Crocodile Canyon, Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot) & Hot Springs Waterfall (Bang Kram)

You can see the full photo set here:

Krabi Thailand – August 2007

Krabi Thailand Slideshow

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13 Responses to Krabi Thailand Trip Day 4 – Elephant Jungle Trekking & Lunch in a Canyon!

  1. TenthOfMarch September 4, 2007 at 4:31 am #

    Nice photos. I like the last one. It looks so real the clouds seems to be “moving”. Did you do any touch up with Photoshop?

  2. weeks87 September 4, 2007 at 4:38 am #

    very nice pictures.
    would consider visiting during the holidays.
    the streetfood in krabi any good?

  3. dcyk September 4, 2007 at 9:53 am #

    hmmm, i wonder if that place will be a good free and easy place. cos i have a friend staying in krabi. looks very nice too

  4. Mark September 4, 2007 at 10:07 am #

    LOL, I am sorry but your comment on one of the pictures (you said, ‘What a view’) made me laugh. Instead of looking at the scenery, what hit me most was the elephant’s ass! 😛

  5. Grant S. September 4, 2007 at 12:15 pm #

    Comments?
    You make me want to go there NOW, and Mrs S. and I are already planning when we can get some time off, and the destination is predetermined by your pictures and posts. I absolutely have to visit asap. Totally my kind of holiday.
    That do you for a comment? 😉

  6. Chatts September 4, 2007 at 2:24 pm #

    Lovely travelogue man! A refreshing change from the go go bar route that the average package tourist takes.

    But HEY how do the buggers eat more than 4 times their weight in pinapples?

  7. v0ices September 4, 2007 at 3:00 pm #

    Ditto with Mark over there… you have a thing for butts eh? 😛

  8. chuwei September 4, 2007 at 7:47 pm #

    “200 tonnes of Pineapple leaves A DAY”?!

    Are you serious? Freaking 200 tonnes?!! Like 200,000 kg? They dont even weigh nearly as much… wow…

  9. winsern September 4, 2007 at 8:05 pm #

    200tonnes is like wayyyyyyyyyyyy too much man…
    i think 200kg maybe…
    they weigh in about a tonne or two each… so.. to eat 200 times your own body weight…. fuyooh… then elephants wud have the most inefficient digestive system in the face of this planet…. not even sloth can beat them then..haha

  10. pat September 5, 2007 at 12:07 am #

    Nice photos of Krabi. I’m so tempted to go!! =)

  11. easyriderlovescs September 5, 2007 at 12:59 am #

    the last photo was great! beautiful muddly river topped by beautiful clouds, looks like amazon river to me

  12. suanie September 5, 2007 at 1:44 am #

    heh last 2 photos reminded me of the rainforest lodge in sabah along the kinabatangan river. i miss that… 🙁

  13. ShaolinTiger September 5, 2007 at 1:49 am #

    TenthOfMarch: The last one is HDR, it’s a tone map of 5 seperate exposures to give greater dynamic range.

    weeks87: Definitely worth considering. Street food? Yeah good and cheap. The seafood is phenomenal there if you go just outside the main stretch.

    dcyk: Very relaxing place and plenty to do if you choose.

    Mark: Bunch of beastiophiles really.

    Grant S.: That totally does me thanks.

    Chatts: Thanks dude, definitely a nice side of Thailand to see. I did query, but the lady insisted it was 200 tonnes a day, even though I didn’t see how that could be possible.

    v0ices: You are all gay animal lovers.

    chuwei: That’s what the lady said, a bit unbelievable eh?

    winsern: I’d guess that she meant 200kg too, perhaps a language thing. She was strangely insistent that it was tonnes though.

    pat: Go go go, don’t think about it.

    easyriderlovescs: Thanks, glad you like that. It was a stunning view indeed.

    suanie: I still haven’t been over there yet….another place on my to-go list.