We saw some animals that you don't see in Europe much. Like elephants. And tigers.
The elephants were fantastic. We went for a ride first of all, somewhat slower than the horses, with a swinging stride......
They took off their saddles and we got back on.....to take them for a bath in the river. Brilliant fun!!
video. The elephant Ali was on was trained to get rid of its riders!
Then the next day we went to see some tigers. They are kept by the monks in a temple and are raised by hand so are very tame, although you still have to be careful around them and follow the rules! We got to take one for a walk
In fact I was pleasantly surprised how well animals in Thailand in general were cared for, I was expecting far worse. It's a Buddhist country though, so maybe not surprising. There are lots of cats and dogs around, they all follow the food for scraps, even on the beach but they were never agressive and a couple of times I ended up with a cat on my lap!