There have always been two things in life that I have wanted to have the experience of riding. One, an elephant through a dense jungle and two, a sun beaten camel through the scorching desert. This elephant trek, although far from the original uses of elephant-mobiles, was truly an experience. I learned more about elephants from a seemingly short one hour journey than I would have been able to find through hours or even days of searching on the web. For instance, cocky rude elephant masters do get tips at the end of a trek, however they are not usually in the monetary form that they desire. In fact they often come in the currency of don't-insult-the-foreigner-with-with-the-cash.
A little more of what I learned:
Did you know that Trevor really does smile for the camera when he is atop a huge wild beast (well possibly not so wild, but the size can not be argued.)
Third learning of the day:
While I am precariously perched on the unstable neck of a giant I still have time to scream when splashed with jungle creek water.
Koreans in general dream of riding elephants while wearing straw hats. Not to mention that a ride would not be complete with out the "V for victory" (which is pronounced- victoly), no this is not to be mistaken for a peace symbol.