Elephant Trekking on Koh Samui

If you choose Holiday villas Koh Samui for your next holiday, you’ll find plenty of activities available.

Koh Samui may not be as big or as well known as its larger sibling, Phuket, but blessed by abundant nature, laid-back charm, and the hospitality of its people, it’s one of those places that appeal by virtue of its “understatedness”, writes Intan Maizura Ahmad Kamal

This ISN’T happening! I’ve been perched atop a ginormous elephant more interested in stealing my M&Ms than lumbering behind the rest of the pack for the last 15 minutes and now this. A complete standstill. And Nelly the elephant (no, that’s not her name) doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to move. She’s transfixed by the scene unfolding before her and suffice to say, she’s not the only one.

Koh Samui Luxury VillasRight in front us, and in full and glorious HD colour, is her son, Dumbo (no, not his name either) having a tortuous time excreting some golden canon-size droppings. Similarly mesmerised, I too begin to feel his pain and silently pray that he’d be able to enjoy a smooth passage soon.

God must’ve been listening or perhaps it’s all the prodding from the elephant keeper that Dumbo finally met with success and was able to splat his precious ware right in front of our pained eyes. With a sweeping swish of the tail, he begins to move with the sort of cocky jauntiness that makes you want to throttle him. Especially after putting us through such a lengthy and worrying traffic jam.

The rest of the trek around the delightful Namuang Waterfall seems rather uneventful after that little episode. The elephants continue their lumber across the designated tracks, through patches of verdant forest, up and down hills, occasionally stopping to feed and scratch their backs, and very occasionally halting to pee and cause minor flooding en route. With the sun shining on our backs, it’s a pleasant excursion through nature. As the roaring waterfalls come into view, I breathe a sigh of relief, not because I hadn’t enjoyed the short trek, but for the fact that there hadn’t been anymore unwanted commercial breaks on the way back.

Just as I’m about to entertain the idea of sinking back and revelling in the sense of power as I sit there astride my elephant, Nelly suddenly decides to bid us adieu and shower us with her love by taking mighty gulps from the stream below and spraying us all over with ice cold water. Oh well, it could’ve been worse.

Elephant trekking, just like the Big Buddha, or the Grandpa and Grandma Rocks (Hin Ta and Hin Yai), and the Namuang Waterfall, are the things that you just have to do when you’re in Koh Samui, especially if you’re planning to do more than just laze by the pool or party the night away (which would be a shame).

The treks can involve a half-hour or an hour lumber (the elephant, not you) in a designated circle. It’s actually very enjoyable. Before thumbing your ride, why not enjoy a quick dip, bathe or relax for awhile at the waterfalls, or grab some snacks at one of the many small rustic stalls there, do a bit of souvenir shopping? Don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of Nellys and Dumbos waiting for you at the nearby elephant pick-up area.

Read more: Call of paradise island – New Straits Times

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