|A view of the Mekong River from the my tent balcony|
There are times in life when you just have to say, “I’m doing it” and pay the price later. In this case, the price was rather hefty, but totally worth it.
Visiting Thailand, riding an elephant and glamping are all things on my bucket list, and the Four Seasons Tented Camp in the Golden Triangle had all those things and more. It exceeded my expectations and is one my all-time favorite trips so far.
|The tent from the outside|
That’s right. To get to the tent camp, you have to take a Thai long boat that whisks you away to your exotic destination.
|The tent from the inside - my version of camping.|
You can hear all the frogs and crickets outside your tent, and when it rains, you'll hear the soothing sounds of the drops against the canvas roof. For people like me, who don't love camping, this is the only way to do it.
|Elephants coming for breakfast treats|
You know how some places claim you are going to ride a camel or ride a pony and all you get is five minutes with the animal as they walk you in the circle? Well, that doesn’t happen at the Four Seasons Tented Camp. You get all the elephant time you want.
They have 24 elephants that they rescued and are taking care of. So there are elephants waiting to be fed bananas every morning, you can sign up to bathe the elephants in the river, and you can do sunset or sunrise trekking with the elephants through the lush jungle and the hills by the camp.
I even nearly ran into one during my morning run through the jungle. It was misty and there it was -- an elephant in the mist. It was so surreal to see her just there…in the road.
|Me on my elephant|
Then there is the ultimate elephant adventure and the reason you go to the camp. And that is the Mahout training. With the training, the camp staff provides you the denim outfit and shoes to wear, and then they take you down to meet your elephant who you’ll be hanging out with for four or five hours.
|Having a moment with my elephant|
After the initial “OMG…this is so high” moment, I loved my elephant. I wouldn’t say that I’m ready to trade my road bike in to ride one, but it was an amazing experience.