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william.phanthana william.phanthana

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 Chiang Mai, Thailand


crackymelissa.gasia crackymelissa.gasia

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take a bath with one too :D

 


claralindhardt claralindhardt

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Mighty! Spontaneous offer of riding an elephant to their daily dip in the Mekong River.


JayaSuria JayaSuria

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Enjoyed it at Habarana Village in Sri Lanka, with mum and sis ^^


charliexx333 charliexx333

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It was fun definitely want to do it again sometime!:)


atif.saad atif.saad

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 Amazing experience but it definitely hurt to see how the elephants were treated. 


kinsel kinsel

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Done this twice.

Firrst time with just the girls and myself (Oct 2012)

Second time with my love and I (Sept 2016)

 


Sara Ryan Sara Ryan

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While traveling through Cambodia I had the opportunity to ride an elephant around the tombs surrounding Angkor Wat.  


AliceJustAnother AliceJustAnother

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This was pretty cool and scary at the same time. An elephant named Sally was our "wedding car" at our wedding. We held it at Knysna Elephant Park in South Africa. We had no saddle. I just held the back of my husband, and he held onto our "driver". I wouldn't recommend riding an elephant in a tight wedding dress, but the experience was incredible. Such majestic, yet modest creatures!

kellylaughton kellylaughton

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I went to Bali and rode an elephant! It was an awesome experience, one i will never forget!

 


ellsbells290 ellsbells290

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Riding an elephant is probably one of the most uncomfortable, yet amazing experiences I have ever undertaken. The shear size of an Indian Elephant was astounding, but it was their gentleness that made me see how beautiful they were. When riding on the elephant's neck all you had to do was tap him on the head and his trunk would come rushing up over his head to take the bananas we were feeding him. 

Elephants probably are one of the most amazing creatures on earth.

 


jenniferbrowne01 jenniferbrowne01

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Rode an elephant for 5 minutes with Sam at the African Safari in Hamilton!

 


snuitjuh snuitjuh

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Ride an elephant, an animal friendly way

I had the amazing experience in july 2013. I worked for 4 weeks with Elephants at Elephant's world in Kanchanaburi Thailand.


Gbh914 Gbh914

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 Ride an elephant as a preserve in Malaysia


flamingrosedrakon flamingrosedrakon

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We had come returned to Natural Bridge since the bats were suppose to be back in the cave, which I wanted to see. Before getting to the caves we chose to stop by the zoo this time without Jacob who was with his mother so we could also get a baby tiger picture before he would be retired for photo lessons and added back into the zoo process.

 While we were coming around the back part of the zoo we saw they had their elephant (the living conditions for this elephant is particularly bad - she has one giant field, no friends (female elephants are social), one little shelter to protect from the sun and no water to play in thus leading people to try to save her) doing rides. There was no way we could afford the ride for two people as the tiger ticket had been expensive while we were saving up for the cave.

 Standing there watching and talking about the experience itself a man with his family turned around to us saying that we shouldn't miss the opportunity. The thing is I had been on an elephant ride a long time ago but I couldn't remember it so was happy to let it go but the man ended up paying so we both could go and then to get a picture of us riding the beautiful creature.

 And that was her name Beautiful - a 9-foot tall African female elephant, the 2nd biggest land animal (only the male is bigger than her). Climbing the stairs besides her just gave you a scope of how big the creature was and trying to stretch my small 5.2 self over her giant back (it hurt to get off since I was too stretched out while being a bit on the awkward side) would have been comical in many senses.

 Once seated her giant ears covered my legs like a blanket while I grabbed the bar before me to hold on. When she started off walking you could feel every indentation and hollow in the ground. Where the path dipped you dipped and where it climbed you also could feel her climbing while the feeling of her gait was like being on a ship since elephants move the same legs on both sides of their body before using the other legs.

 The view was glorious from such a high seat and there was a part where we had a bunch of guinea fowl in our path so that it was like almost re-living The Lion King at the beginning. Towards the end of the circle around the pen they stopped her for the given picture while making her stretch her ears and raise her trunk then had us smile. Looking at the picture I wonder what made me so confident and cool in this picture since my friend was so terrified (then again he didn't have anything to hold onto but me or the chains surrounding us) but then again it was just maybe the whole idea that here I was on top of the back of a creature who was so glorious.

 Loved the opportunity that it gave me but I wouldn't do it with this particular elephant again unless her living conditions were changed even though the proceeds are suppose to go to elephant enrichment.

 


Collymarps Collymarps

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Now I’ve never actually ridden a elephant before, and was not entirely sure whether I wanted to. There is always the worry that they may be ill treated.

However, our majestic beasts looked very well cared for and seemed quite content to plod along, with the occasional banana as motivation.

They really are enormous animals, even though I’ve seen them on TV, it still doesn’t prepare you for the reality of their scale! We had to climb up steps into a wooden hut on stilts and then onto our leviathan ride.

Now it wasn’t exactly a comfortable ride! Perched on our tiny little seats, with only a very low rail to stop us from dropping off the edge, we rolled from side to side with every ponderous step!

 

We had to cling on for dear life as our ponderous steads plodded onwards and if our ride had decided to make a break for it we would have been pretty much stuffed!

As it was we reached the end of our half hour ride relatively unscathed, although there was a unsettling moment when we had to go down a rather steep slope and we very nearly shot over the elephants head as we went down! Find out more about our experiences with the great grey wrinkly beasts here ://handluggageblog.com/?s=elephant 


jessicaawilliss jessicaawilliss

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 On the 11/10/2017 we visited the Elephant Sanctuary in Phang Nga and I was given the chance to ride an elephant! It was an amazing experience!!


sarah1777 sarah1777

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Sooooooo slow. But elephants are way cute. Gentle giants.

 

 


Tiffy15 Tiffy15

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 Chimelong Safari Park, 2nd round in China


CalThompson CalThompson

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I rode an elephant in the jungles of Thailand. It was a great experience. There are places to do it at the zoo, but the elephants seem abused and you don't get to steer. We went into the jungle with locals and rode them by ourselves. It was a much better experience: Very "Temple of Doom".


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