Riding & Rafting: a day in the river

Our second day in Kanchanburi was another packed day of activities. I haven’t even been travelling a week and we’ve done so much! The day started with a breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast and off we set to the Elephant camp. 

  
I have to say, riding, washing and feeding the elephants was absolutely amazing, but I wasn’t a fan of the elephant show we watched when we got there. Have you ever seen the film Water for Elephants? It reminded me of that a bit. 

  
These beautiful animals have tough enough skin for people on their backs but I don’t believe they should be prodded and poked into performing tricks for people as it isn’t natural.

  
After the show we took them down to the water where we all played together. It was lovely. They are such gentle wonderful creatures, playfully blowing trunks of water at us and lifting us up in the air. 

   
   
It was a memorable experience with my friends that I won’t forget, however, if you come to Asia I would recommend that you go to a Sanctuary over a camp as it is more ethical and the elephants roam more freely. I’ve heard there is a great one in Chang Mai, which I plan to go to in January so keep an eye out for that post. 

Bamboo Rafting

After this we were driven back to Kitti Raft to spend the early afternoon bamboo rafting.

  
What a great experience! The river current here is so strong that the raft moves freely down the river with no engine. The boats are made of bamboo, ropes and plastic barrels.

   
 They reminded me of being back in school when we used to go on field trips to places like Gorsefield and Stubbers. As part of the ‘team bonding’ exercises we would be given the same material and was instructed to build a raft. I have to say, these were built a lot better and stronger than the ones I ever attempted ha. 

  
We also jumped off for some fun in the water, and had life jackets so that we could float along next to the boat as we went downstream. We floated all the way to the place we stopped for lunch. 
Some Yummy Pad Thai (I’m not sick of it yet!)

LwL x 

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