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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

Health issues continue, but I have a promising new treatment plan. Hopefully I will be back at my keyboard again soon, but meanwhile here is a rerun of one of Thor’s and my favorite travel episodes — feeding and bathing an elderly blind elephant in a sanctuary for retired working elephants in Thailand, the Hillside Retreat Elephant Sanctuary next to the Khao Sok wilderness park. (We made it home from the wonderful trip just before the pandemic closed borders.)

 This blog series started on June 13, 2020.

After our nature walk around Our Jungle House eco-lodge, Thor and I boarded a van for a short drive along the Khao Sok park border to visit the elephant sanctuary recommended as the most ethical of nearby tourist attractions. Along the way, we enjoyed the lush jungle scenery and the sight of elephants walking along the road with their trainers, mahouts, following behind on scooters. (Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a photo.) The elephants obviously knew where they were going.

The dramatic, rocky upthrusts of limestone karsts punctuate the lush greenery.

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4 thoughts on “A Rambling Writer Rerun: Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand”

  1. My granddaughter volunteered there. My brother’s family was in Thailand at the same time, but they did not get together. It was a great experience for her.

    1. What a great opportunity for your granddaughter! We loved learning about the elephants and getting to do hand’s-on caring. Everyone seemed very dedicated there.

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