With this blog I would like to share a message about the elephant industry in Thailand and the rest of Asia. My educational adventure at the Project Journey to Freedom of Elephant Nature Park has been an emotional one where I have learned the good and the bad stuff. I feel a desperate need to spread the word.
Two days ago I came back from a week volunteering at the Journey to Freedom project of the Elephant Nature Park. I absolutely loved every second of it and it is hands down one of the best experiences I have ever had. Together with fourteen other like-minded volunteers and an extremely passionate guide I spend a week in the hills west to Chiang Mai and went on this educational journey.
After my short stay in Cambodia I traveled to the south of Thailand to the island Phuket. This west coast island is the country’s largest island. I was here for four nights and have been in two different locations, and with different I mean really, completely different. The first was a hostel (Lub D) in Patong. The beach of Patong was severely hit by the 2004 tsunami.
On the 6th of January I had a morning flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap. I had planned to go to one of the islands in the south of Thailand but the weather turned bad and it made me change plans. Instead I booked a flight to Seam Reap as it was anyway on my itinerary for my trip. Now I regret already booking a return ticket because I wouldn’t have minded staying a couple more days.
As I’m currently in a cab to Bangkok airport I figured this is the perfect moment to write something about the past couple of days. I’ve had so many new impressions already, so let’s just start at the beginning.
My trip has started!! After a 5 month countdown the day of my adventure has finally come. Started might not be the best description as I’m still sitting in an airplane stationed at schiphol, but it shouldn’t be long before we take off to Dubai. I’ll have three hours in Dubai to find my next flight and with another six hours I will be in Bangkok.