E is for Elephant

When we went to visit Thailand for 3 weeks in February I have to say that it was one of the best experiences ever. We managed to do quite a few things over the 3 weeks and one of them was having the experience to have a ride on an elephant and Mia had the amazing experience of playing football with an elephant.

When we arrived at the Elephant Hospital Charity in Thailand we decided to have a ride on one. I'd be lying to say that I was excited because in fact I was bricking it. I was so petrified. We went inside and paid, I cant remember how much it cost but it wasn't expensive. We were then led to some steps that lead up to a high platform - the same height as the elephant so we could go sit on the seat on its back. Elliw went on with my partners Dad and I went on with Mia and my partner. My partner and Mia went first and I went last, I was shaking and so scared I was going to fall! Safety is completely different in Thailand than it is here.



The elephant moved and off we went for the ride. I hadn't realised how big/tall an elephant was until I had this experience. You moved from side to side and sometimes you would feel that you would fall off the side and it was pretty scary when the elephant would walk up some little hills and back down again but the girls absolutely loved it. It was time to get off and getting off the elephant was just as bad as it was getting on! The girls had the chance to feed the elephant some fruit and shockingly Mia had no problem and she loved it. Elliw was so-and-so and wasn't 100% keen.


It was really nice seeing the girls being so confident but it was such a shock and lovely to see Mia the most confident because she is usually the shy one and usually the one who would come to me and be stuck on me but she loved the elephants. After feeding the elephants we were then led to some benches where we sat down and a Thai man brought on a baby elephant, who was beautiful.

The baby elephant did many tricks such as dancing to music, playing football with Mia, putting hats on our heads, giving us a cuddle, playing a musical instrument and more. It was amazing and I couldn't stop smiling. The elephant came up so close to me that I had to my head back a bit, it really was amazing.








49 comments

  1. Aww... you are making me missing Thailand so much. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. I love riding on elephants at their rescue centres. It is so good to know that they are being well looked after. Well done Mia for being so brave. :) x

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    1. When did you go to Thailand? Yeah you could really tell they were well looked aftered - which is lovely to see :) xx Thank you! x

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  2. Oh wow your pictures are amazing what a wonderful experience. Popping over from the #binkylinky X

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  3. Wow what an amazing family experience you had. Memories that will last a lifetime. I adore elephants so i'm very jealous of this experience to say the least. The pictures are gorgeous x

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  4. Oh my gosh! What an experience, Thailand is on my list of places to visit with the family, it looks so beautiful! x

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  5. What an absolutely incredible experience. You are so, so lucky and all look so happy. What a beautiful place to get to visit too. We're heading over next year and I'm both really excited and terrified. I'm bookmarking your posts for when I start planning what we're doing because they're so great and really informative. I might have to ask you what some of the must do's are as well! It looks like you had such an amazing time. Thank you so, so much for linking to #whatevertheweather xx

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  6. Oh my gosh what an incredible experience! Elephants are so beautiful.

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  7. What an amazing experience! The photos are awesome!

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  8. wow! What a fantastic thing to be able to do as a family. Your little ones are going to remember this forever!

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  9. Wow these photos are really awesome. I can't believe that you interacted like this with an elephant. Riding an elephant must be amazing xx

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  10. It looks like a fantastic experience. I've not been to Thailand but it is on my list of places to visit :) Your photos are amazing x

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  11. I visited there years ago when I was backpacking and I would love to go back with children! Great photos

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  12. Oh my gosh this is something I have ALWAYS wanted to do! Amazing memories, I really hope we get to go one day! x

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  13. Amazing pictures! Elephants are just adorable. It looks like you had the most incredible trip!

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  14. Lovely pictures! Sounds like an incredible trip. #SundayStars

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  15. what great pictures and what an adventure for you all

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  16. This looks like an amazing place to visit! I love elephants but I think I would be scared wobbling from side to side on top of one. Amazing photos! Thanks for linking up! #shareasmile xx

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  17. Oh wow super photographs! What an experience! We did the same when we went - such an amazing place :) Loved it. Thanks for linking up. Jess xx

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  18. What a wonderful experience! It's great to know that they are so well looked after and your girls were very brave to ride on them and Mia must have loved playing football with the baby! Fantastic photos!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

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  19. How amazing this must have been! I have serious holiday envy :) thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

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  20. How amazing this must have been! I have serious holiday envy :) thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

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  22. Wow what an amazing experience. Thaliland is on my places to go list. it"s getting longer by the day!

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  23. Wow what an amazing experience, I had no idea you could train Elephants like that, I hope they are happy in their staring roles there. #MagicMondays

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  24. What a totally amazing trip and experience to give your family so much better than the usual package tour to turkey (that we did and loved). Great memories captured! #magicmoments

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  25. This looks utterly incredible and what an experience for the girls. I saw some elephants at a sanctuary in Sri Lanka back in January and it's something I'll never forget x #HappyDays

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  26. What an amazing experience for you all! I think I would have been worried about riding an elephant too. I love your photos, especially the one with the hat and the football ones. What great fun! Lovely memories for you all to keep forever. #KCACOLS

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  27. Wow what an experience! Looks amazing #binkylinky xx

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  28. Wow! What an amazing experience, I am totally jealous!

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  29. This is amazing!! I love your photos!! What an experience!! How lucky of all of you to be able to interact with the elephants like that!! I haven't done this before so I would probably be nervous too as I'm a little bit scare of heights!! Your girls look so happy!! I can't believe you can play football with an elephant!! LOL Lots of fun! Love your post! Thanks so much for joining me at #KCACOLS. I hope you can join me again on Sunday! :-) xx
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  30. Ahhh those pictures are so cute! We went backpacking round Thailand pre baby but didn't do elephant rides (I felt mean! Lol)
    What a great adventure for your little one!! #twinklytuesday

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  31. Such an amazing experience with some wonderful animals. This brought back memories for me, I remember riding an elephant in Thailand.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

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  32. Awww I love this post so much. What an absolute privilege to get so up close and personal with those beautiful animals. I would have cried — I absolutely love them. What an amazing experience :) Thanks for linking up with us at #TwinklyTuesday

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  33. I went to an elephant orphanage when I went to Thailand many years ago now and it was an amazing experience. I would love to go back! Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

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  34. Wow this is the most special set of photographs isn't it? What a fab experience!! Thanks for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

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  35. oh wow what a really fantastic experience! i would love to be that close to an Elephant!
    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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  36. Wow - sounds like an amazing experience! Given that I am scared of horses, I'm not sure I could ride an elephant! #ParentsCorner

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  37. looks like a fantastic time. Thailand is on my list of places to see, I'm just afraid my back won't hold up for the long plane ride

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  38. This looks amazing fab photos #parentscorner

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  39. What lovely photos. Looks like you had a fantastic holiday.

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  40. Such gorgeous pictures! I love elephants, would love to be up close like that x

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  41. Wow what an amazing experience for you all! I bet the girls will remember it forever :) and awwww that baby elephant is just too cute x

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  42. aw wow what an amazing experience I bet its something you wont be forgetting in a hurry

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  43. What an amazing experience, and certainly one your daughter will never forget! I loved sharing your journey.

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  44. I love this! We went to Sri Lanka on our honeymoon and went to an elephant orphanage. Being so closet to these great creatures was amazing. Full on Wallace and grommit style smile in the photos from me!!

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  45. Wow beautiful pictures. You guys are so brave.

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  46. Oh my, how totally amazing and I am green with envy, what an amazing experience that must've been x

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  47. Lovely photo! I love elephants so much

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