Stop Twenty, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
(Written by Her)
A whole day with elephants in Kanchanaburi...like the animals themselves, we will never forget this experience.
Picked up by an open back truck with bench seats we bounced the 45 minutes into part of the most rural area of Southern Thailand. By the time we arrived at 9am the heat had already penetrated the dirt track outside the sanctuary building such that it radiated like a furnace under our feet. Today was going to be a scorcher!
After a very informal introduction by the long-term elephant volunteers, us day-visitors were asked to sign a waiver along the lines of "wild animals can injure" etc. We were also given some rudimentary safety advice from a local "mahout" (or elephant handler) in bad English, "No pull tail, no shout ear." After the preliminaries we headed over to the food stores to help with the morning feed.