Sunday, November 24, 2013

Phuket Trip - Elephant ride | ATV | Motorbike cruising

This will be the last installment for my Phuket trip last July. When we decided to go to Phuket, we know we are actually looking for some adventures in that gem island. After spending the whole day out in the sea, we went for another local tour for some fun out in the wild with the same agency. Again, it is advised to go with a big group of friends because the more people you have, the more discounts you can get. 

Posing at the hotel lobby while waiting for our pick up

Our not so glamour pick up truck

The tour includes transport to and fro the location of the tour and your hotel. Since the truck picked up the tourists from different hotels, so we sort of have free tour around Patong. 

Our elephant for the day

He's old and grumpy but I think it has something to do with his trainer/guardian too. Every elephants came with a trainer or a guardian whom will instruct and guide them for the tour. Our elephant guide was a grumpy and sour face man whom kinda harsh on him. Personally I think it's cruel to use animal these way making money. The guide equipped with a hook which they use to knock the elephant when he refused to listen/walk. This is extremely cruel because he didn't knock it gently on the elephant. It was to hurt or threaten the elephant. 

There was once when our elephant sort of angry and just stomped off out of track with both of us on it. We're so scare, whom know what will happened when he really angry. Maybe he will shook us off him or worst ran off into the wild with us. Thank God nothing wild happened. The elephant cooled off when the guide called him and shouted at him to go on track. Phewwww... close call.

Despite the happy face that I had on, I was scare and secretly hope the ride would end soon. But the elephant was cooperating in the end and stopping along the way to feed on grass, he would lower himself which sort of gave us a bumpy ride. It was fun tho. I guess he's happy as long as he had something to eat. But honestly, I wouldn't do this again next time.

Camwhore on the elephant

The elephant looked so happy as if he's smiling till can't see his eyes

Feeding the elephant bananas after the ride. But I think this one is not the one that we rode. Because he went off to take another couple and their kids for a ride after dropping us off. Hope they fed him many bananas. The elephant that I fed here is a disgusting one. He practically peed a bucket load in front of us. LOL
And yeah, I know I called every elephants him because I can't imagine a female elephant, I mean they are huge, super huge indeed and suit to be called a him.

Our next activity is ATV ride which is my favorite

I don't want to ride at the back of the bf because I wanted to control one myself, so we each had our own ATVs. This is where our inner racer surface as we chased each other on the track. I kinda stuck and almost overturned at some points but nothing is stopping me, well except a crossing elephant because you should never cross one. Lol, pun intended. 

ATV, airbrush tattoo and a helmet, he's legit. lol

Back from our tour and we decided to go back to No.6 Restaurant for a quick refreshment

Ice blended watermelon was the perfect choice for such a hot and humid day

The crowd queuing up outside the restaurant. This restaurant was packed every time we were there.

We also decided to rent a motorbike for 24 hours as it was very affordable, 150 bahts for a day, gasoline on your own. Having transport made it super easy for us to explore the surrounding area. We even went back to Karon where our elephant tour was which was almost half an hour away from Patong.

I forgot the name of this beach but it was near Patong

Stopping for banana crepes at Karon

Turned out that dude is a Malaysian whom lived at Phuket. It kinda weird to hear someone speak Malay after almost a week of hearing Thais. He's very friendly, in fact everyone was friendly in Phuket. Since we're on our own cruising on the bike, we stopped anywhere that we wanted to. 

At a playground to pose with a huge dog statue

Or sat on see saw.

At first I thought a week in Phuket was too long because it is just an island but I was so wrong. A week was long enough for us to explore the island on our own sweet time. It was relaxing and just enjoying, so no rushing here and there, this is the kind of holiday I loved. Well, I'm done with Phuket and need a new place to discover for next year. I still have no solid plan for next holiday. I have a few in my mind but we shall see. 

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