Thai Elephants are so much fun!
15.02.2012 - 01.03.2012 30 °C
We had a quiet day on day seven because we had to rest up for our big trip out of Bangkok the next day to bathe with elephants. We needed to get plenty of sleep for our early morning start at 6:45am. On the morning we were picked up outside our hotel. We got into a nice private air conditioned van that nanny and poppy had hired just for us. It had a driver and a nice lady named Nina who was our tour guide. The tour was Tong Tours and nanny said they had really good reviews by people who took tours with them. The seats in the van laid back and we were able to relax while we took the long drive out of Bangkok.
First we stopped at the Mekong railway market. It was so cool. The people sell their fresh food along the side of the railway tracks and the train goes through the middle 8 times a day. Four times in the morning and four times in the afternoon. While we were there the train came through and all the people that were shopping including us ran to each side of the tracks so we wouldn't get hit. The train came inches away from where we were standing. It was pretty scarey but fun to see.
When we were finished there we went to the floating markets. It was so good as there were heaps of boats everywhere selling all sorts of things and there were markets on each side of the river bank as well. Nanny got us a real coconut with coconut milk. Tom really liked the milk but Ethan didn't like it. Ethan got some mango and sticky rice which is his favourite. We both bought some little guitars that only this man makes at the floating market and we had our picture taken with him. We took the boat out of the market to see where the people live along the river and it was so peaceful and quiet. It was not noisy like Bangkok and we enjoyed how calm it was. We saw beautiful wooden houses on stilts, jack fruit on trees, coconuts in trees and pineapples growing. We also saw squirrels and pretty birds. Nanny bought us each a souvenir plate with our picture on it in the boat.
After that we got into the van and drove to the Bridge over the River Kwai. We walked across it and took photos of us and the river. The tour guide told us the history of the bridge and it was very interesting. Then we headed to the Elephant camp. It took another two hours driving to get there but it was worth it. When we got there we put on our swimmers and went and fed the elephants some bananas to show we were their friends. The tour guide booked us the two best elephants. One was called Copy and the other was called New Moon. New Moon is the only elephant that will pick you up with his trunk. We rode the elephants down to the river bare back with the Mahout and it was very scary especially when the elephants walked down to the river. We played with the elephants and they splashed us and dunked us in the water heaps. We couldn't stop laughing. When we were finished we rode the elephants back on our own and we weren't as scared by then. We had such a great time in the river with the elephants we would recommend it to everyone.
Then our tour guide took us to this nice place for lunch where we had our favourite Tom Yum Gai (Coconut Soup) with rice, spring rolls and vegetables with cashews. We were so full that we didn't have room for desert but Tom got a lime icecream as he still had a little room left. We all got into the van and slept all the way back to Bangkok. For dinner poppy took us to the street markets across the road from our hotel and we got fried chicken, corn on the cob, saugages, rice, sticky rice and mango and it only cost him 350b. That is only about $11A for all of us. Bangkok is so cheap to live nanny and poppy love it!!