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Elephant trek - Phuket or Koh Samui

Posted by ndecost1 on 12/6/2007 at 04:59

Which island would you recommend an elephant trek. We are staying longer in Koh Samui - 8 nights - is this a good island for them?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 12/6/2007 at 17:19 admin

There's a large swathe of land on the southern side of Samui which does a lot of the elephant rides. taking into account that the novelty of riding an elephant wears off after about 15 minutes, it's more than adequate. There's little to separate the two (Samui and Phuket) though I'm not sure just where they do it on Phuket.

Costs would be marginally lower on Ko Samui.

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Posted by exacto on 12/6/2007 at 20:50

my wife definitely agrees that the novelty wears off after just a few minutes. she loved the experience, but was glad that she just did a quick ride around the UNESCO area in Ayutthaya rather than an hour-long jungle trek in Chiang Dao. some mahouts will let you ride on the neck with them rather than sit on the saddle.

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Posted by ndecost1 on 12/6/2007 at 21:02

Thank you. I thnk we'll try to do it in Koh Samui.

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