Visiting the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace wasn’t part of my plan. The tuk tuk driver pointed to his DIY well-illustrated map and asked if I wanted to go to go to the Elephant Palace. I thought the place seemed close enough so might as well.
The elephants at the Elephant Palace are “working elephants” from Elephantstay, a non-profit organization where you can volunteer (or book a package) and get some close encounters with these magnificent creatures.
Oh, so this is what elephant paw looks like!
The elephants were definitely eager for food, reaching out their noses hungrily.
The elephants seem to have a friendly relationship with the trainers, although a nasty pick was used as a way of communication between the trainer and the elephants. The pick wasn’t used too often, and the elephants didn’t react too much when the pick was used, perhaps protected with the thick layer of tough skin. Hopefully they are not mistreated in any way.