Every weekend here in Thailand brings with it a new adventure…and with every weekend that passes I am absolutely sure that I have experienced the best and that nothing could possibly top what I’ve just done… and every weekend Thailand proves me wrong, continually giving me more excitement and wonderful oppertunities. That being said however, with all the incredible experiences I’ve had, I can confidently say that Elephant World has had the biggest impact on me and is something that will stick with forever.
I arrived at the incredible Elephant World, an elephant sanctuary for rescued and old elephants, where the motto is: “Where we work for the elephants and the elephants not for us”, and immediately got involved with the elephants, feeding them fresh fruit like watermelon and banana. I could not belive how close I was or that I was actually feeding an elephant!
After the elephants have had their snack, you get to watch them bath and play in the mud, which I could do for hours. They get really playful and it’s adorable to see just how much they enjoy the water- especially the younger ones.
Some of the rescued elephants are really old and they don’t grow teeth anymore, so they can’t eat foods which needs chewing, so they get meals specially prepared for them. I got to help cook a sticky rice and pumpkin dish and then actually hand fed one of the old elephants! It was so incredibly special to be able to do this.
My favourite activity of the day by far was bathing the elephants. I got right in the water with them and gave them a good scrub. It was so much fun! Especially because of how much the elephants enjoy it. I can’t describe how incredible it was to be able to take part in that. Being so close, I was overwhelmed by how majestic these beautiful animals are but at the same time so vulnerable.
After spending the day with the elephants – getting to feed them, bath them, watch them and learn about just how intelligent and empathetic they are – they have become my favourite animal by far. The whole day made such an impact on me and it is one that I will never forget. My heart has truely been stolen by these gorgeous animals♡