This was an excellent tour! We had a note on arrival at the hotel, confirming our pick up time in the morning. Our tour guide was very bi-lingual. She gave some history along the way and answered any questions.
Our first stop was the ox-cart ride. The local farmer was very sweet. We had local hats to where to keep the sun off our heads. Very helpful in getting into and out of the cart on the little ladders. A nice up close view of rice fields, bamboo trees, palmetto trees - all along a well-worn path. Must have been much like the wagon rides of the old west. It was a fun ride!
Then we stopped at a local market. So many varieties of fruits and vegetables available.
Our next stop was the waterfall at Khao Yai Park. It is about a 1 km walk to the top. It was very pretty up there. Then there about 150 steps down a steep grade with narrow steps. I chose not to go, but the pics from my travel mates show it was well worth it!
As we drove out of the park towards our local lunch, we saw monkeys in the middle of the road. We pulled over to take pictures and were "treated" to the ultimate show of male dominance. Well, of course we couldn't look away and let me tell you the scent was pretty powerful! Whew!
Our local lunch was served Thai style, sitting on a covered patio (very little indoor dining in Thailand). Delicious and traditional. Vegans accommodated with ease. Tom Ka Soup, Stir Fried Chicken, Stir Fried Vegetables, the staple - Sticky Rice, and more, just now can't recall.
Then the piece we all waited for, the elephant ride. The Jungle Inn has 3 elephants who take you around. It's not a smooth ride, but what fun. A little (OK, a lot) scary going down hill at the very first. Nice trip through the river. They aren't as graceful as one would think, they do lumber a bit. Neat to say I've done it. I think I'd do it again, too!
Then the drive home (poor driver had such traffic!). What a great day!
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