Back in 2013 we went on a family holiday to Phuket.
Prior to having children I had previously travelled to Phuket and taken an elephant trek. As a result I felt this was a must do experience for my family.
So one day we head off for a walk on the wild side at Siam Safari Elephants Camp.
The experience Siam Safari Elephants Camp was different from my previous one where we just watched the elephants being bathed and then went for short walk in the jungle.
So what did we see on this Phuket elephant trek, and did I think it was better?
Our Family Phuket Elephant Trek
UPDATE: Siam Safari closed January 2017
As we sit on the trailer being towed by a tractor up the muddy slopes to the elephants our guide explains that all the elephants and their handlers at Siam Safari were left with no where to go after logging in Thailand was banned in 1989. Siam Safari was established as a tourism operation and elephant welfare camp to take in those elephants and their unemployed handlers. A way to partly finance this operation is by offering tourists elephant rides through the jungle.
We climb a bamboo structure to mount our elephant.
I feel a bit uneasy at first rocking side to side as the elephant slowly ambles along taking care with where it places each foot.
The path edges it’s way along the cliff top and the Chalong Hills emerge.
Around the corner I spot crystal clear turquoise water in the distance.
As we get closer the Chalong Bay dotted with tiny islands comes into full view.
We all take a turn to get clear photos
and the elephant drivers swap cameras with one another so we all can have shot of ourselves on these magnificent beast with this beautiful view as a back drop.
As we start to make our way back on the 30 minute trek and just before we enveloped by the jungle we see the top of Big Buddha perched on the hill.
We are taken deeper into the lush tropical jungle, surrounded by rubber trees with their branches entwined and cups strapped to the bottom of the trees collecting the sap.
All of a sudden our elephant stops. A snake slithers in front of us before diving back under the foliage. It all happened so fast I couldn’t quite get a clear image.
Butterflies of a multitude of colours fluttered around us, and whilst I tried so hard to get a photo they were all just blur as I am sitting rocking from side to side on the back of an elephant as it gingerly makes its way down through the jungle.
All too soon we are back on solid ground gulping water due to the hot humid heat and reflecting on our ride.
Lewis is bounding around chatting happily about what he saw and experienced on our Phuket elephant trek. Whilst Steve who is afraid of heights, said that once he got use to it he thoroughly enjoyed the elephant trek and felt the excursion was well worth it.
For me, I felt that Siam Safari offered a far better and more educational exposure to the elephants than I had previously encounted, plus the scenery was significantly better.
Would you or your family like to see the Thai jungle from the back of an elephant?
Tell me in the comments.
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