With a heavy heart the Thaiventure Tour is officially over….it was a spectacular 3 weeks with a great group of people!
As mentioned on my previous blog post we got to spend an entire day with what I like to say is the most misunderstood animal, the elephants. They are such peaceful and smart giants and it breaks my heart to hear all the mistreatment they get. If “riding an elephant” is on your bucket list please take it off now!! Did you know an elephant’s back can only handle a maximum of 100kg? Once they put on those “chairs” for the rider’s comfort that equal up to 50kg alone that only leaves maybe 50kg for the elephant to hold people and let’s admit it we aren’t 100lbs or less in weight especially when they put up to 4 people on the elephants back for the trek…the strongest parts of the elephant is their neck and trunk which to me isn’t worth the risk still. Think about someone putting 5 kids on your back for a massive piggy back ride? Doesn’t sound too enjoyable does it? So needless to say going to Elephant World taught me a lot about the mistreatment of them and it gave me a whole new outlook on how these creatures should and deserve to be treated. On a lighter note the day was amazing!! We got to feed the elephants by hand, help prepare food for them and even got to make rice balls for the elephants who don’t have any teeth. After all of this we got to go in the water with them and give them a good rinse. One of the older elephants we got to feed rice balls to was actually in the water with us and in some weird way I think she recognized me as she kept putting her trunk out to me as if I had more food for her. (picture below)
The rest of the tour consisted of an amazing waterfall trek to 5 different waterfalls as well as a fun costume party on our last night in Kanchanaburi.
Now for the sad goodbyes…
To Bryce = Thank you for being our everything on this tour!! You made sure we were always having a great trip and that the parties never stopped. Thank you for being our drinking buddy, big brother, nurse and so many other things.
To Puukii = Thank you for making your job look easy when I know it is not! You made sure everything was in order and that we were all happy. Even though you had a to leave us for a few days we could still feel you there in spirit which means more than you may ever know.
To Sam = You’re amazing! Your English is impeccable (Google it lol) and I cannot believe how well you speak and understand the language for this only being your 2nd tour. I hope to see your smiling face on more tours to come.
To Zoom = although you couldn’t count all the time properly. You too were always there for us and made sure no traveler was left behind! Thank you for coming to Thailand to join our tour even when you yourself have never been to Thailand. I can’t wait to see you again in hopefully the near future.
To LBW = Thank you for planning amazing trips and bringing what start out as a group of strangers that turn into a family by the end. These trips are how we make lifetime travel buddies.
To the Group = You are all one in a million!! Who would have thought if you take 4 navy boys, 1 over the top Canadian, a girl with a voice of an angel, add in a few more hilarious kiwis, our token English guy, an army man, girls who remind us that Canada makes gorgeous girls, a French Canadian who only speaks a little bit of French, plus all the other crazy Canadian boys that you would create one big dysfunctional family at the end of 3 weeks!! We even had a marriage on our tour, I feel like that is pretty rare in the LBW books. Thank you all for being you and nothing else. These past few weeks flew by and I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about it. <3
To my readers = Travel, travel and travel some more! The world is out there for the taking so get out there ASAP and see it all yourself as reading other people’s story is only the half of it. Also make sure you get travel insurance as it will save your butt or your toe in my case. ;-)
That’s all for now folks!! Thanks for reading my posts. TTFN!
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Hello from the gorgeous Krabi Life homestay
My name is Amber, some of you may have met me last December on the "Blissful Bali" tour, the "Vietnam Explorer" tour from November or even on the 3-week Thailand tour that happened this year over the holiday season, but if not I am a 27-year-old girl from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who did not start travelling soon enough in my life so I am currently doing a 3-month adventure around southeast Asia trying to get my fill before I get "too old" although you never too old to travel or even start travelling.
I work in an office back home in a job that keeps me on my toes and has me using my brain in all sorts of ways all day long taking care of 4 needy guys with one of my best friends from college. I live on an acreage with my sister, 2 dogs and 2 cats. I am short with a what I have been told is either an annoying or adorable small voice. I also have the most amazing and supportive boyfriend ever waiting for me at home whom I cannot wait to get back to but Asia was calling my name ever since I got a small taste of it last year.
I just finished the 3 week Thailand tour that started in late December which was amazing! Before that tour I went to Phuket for 10 days and did yoga twice a day and visited all the beaches I could get my hands on while I was there. After the 3-week tour, I did a 2-week volunteer project with the elephants for 1 week in Surin, Thailand and then taught English to kids in Cambodia for a week, which was probably the most fulfilling thing I have done on my adventure so far. As of right now I am on the Yogalife tour with LBW, and once this tour is over I will be going to Siem Reap, Cambodia to stay at the Tipsy Turtle hostel for 1 week before I finally get home and reality again.
Thank you in advance for reading my blogs!!
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