02.03.2013 - 02.03.2013
Did not sleep a wink last night. This place is like sleeping in a zoo.
Got my first bout of "Delhi Belly" today. Very unpleasant dioreah and stomach cramps. Jason is fine so it must be something I ate yesterday.
Every meal is like playing Russian roulette with your bowels over here. There is a very cavalier attitude towards food hygiene. Still I suppose eleven days without an episode is quite good considering the mountain of chillis in every dish.
Thankfully I'd packed some rehydration sachets and Imodium so I could keep it together for this afternoons excursion "Elephant trekking"
Was a bit unsure about this trip as I'm not keen on seeing any sort of wild animal in captivity, I don't like zoos or anything like that, they sadden me. But I'd read reviews of this particular elephant camp and it scored highly on animal welfare as it was run by a foundation so all the ticket fees went into the well being of the animals.
Eddies dad took us in the flatbed truck to base camp. We had some refreshing pineapple and went to meet the elephants. Ours was called Tom Kam - a female elephant aged 11. At first we were in a little carriage type thing on top of her but after about ten mins of trekking through the jungle on her back our guide asked if Jason wanted to freestyle and ride on her neck.
I shit myself at this point (not literally, thanks to the imodium) thinking "I'm sure we are not covered on the insurance for this" but he was well into it and hopped on.
The guide walked alongside guiding Tom Kam with special noises and shouts but we felt like we were in control.
The route took us through jungle and along a river. She must have been thirsty or hot as she took some water from the river and sprayed us with it!
The trek was about an hour then we fed her bananas and we went for a swim in the lake with her.
It was a really good afternoon (even though I was getting over dysentery!)
Up early tomorrow 4hours in a van back up to Dave's in Bang Sare to collect our things then off down towards the south to Hua Hin.