The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 13: Elephant Sanctuary

Your virtual Thailand vacation continues as Thor and I visit The Hillside Retreat Elephant Sanctuary next to the Khao Sok wilderness park.

NOTE: “And now for something completely different.” Thor and I made our first trip to Asia — the beautiful country of Thailand.  We were lucky to squeak through the pandemic flight closures in January/February of 2020 as we returned from our three-week trip. Since more travel has now become a distant prospect, we hope you’ll take a virtual vacation with us in the following weeks. (This blog series started on June 13.)

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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The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 13: Elephant Sanctuary — 6 Comments

  1. Sara, thanks for this remembrance. As you know, your recommendation led Joanie and I to visit the same refuge, and experience this for ourselves. One of the most memorable experiences of our trip!