Our final destination was the Muang Sing Elephant Village in Kanchanaburi. The weather was still a bit cool so it was just the perfect time to ride elephants.
entrance to the elephant village
Elephants and their mahout (handler) wait near the boarding area.
I had a chance to ride directly on my elephant and it was prickly and itchy. After a few minutes I went back to my seat where I felt safer and more comfortable.
The mahout used his feet to nudge the elephant’s ears indicating his commands.
We passed by two elephants doing tricks for the tourists. We forgot to go there after our ride.
The show was over by the time we finished our ride.
During the 45 minute ride, our elephants stopped several times to eat.
The other elephant used her strong trunk to rip off the leaves and branches from the tree.
Now this is what I call a good mahout (elephant handler)!
Piles and piles of elephant poop lined the path.
My elephant was the youngest at 7 years old. She was very, very playful and did several tricks whenever her mahout said some magic words. Looking for peanuts? I just loved Kate’s expression.
My elephant really liked Kate.
The highlight of the ride was going down the river. Each time our elephants went downhill we held on to our seats for dear life.
The end of the ride back to where we started.
I tried to give my elephant the tip for the mahout.
But she kept blowing it back to me. She needs more training :D.
The mahout finally got it!
Chris’ elephant saying goodbye.
We were served refreshments after. We really thought it was coconut water but it was just plain water and watermelon.
We really enjoyed the elephant ride. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Next time you go to Thailand you should plan to go to Kanchanaburi and hit the floating market, river kwai, tiger temple and elephant village in one day. It’s possible if you hire your own van. We couldn’t find any tour operator that had all these itineraries in one day. We just regret not going to the tiger temple because we took too much time eating lunch. But all these activities can be done in one day saving you time and money.