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Riding On An Elephant Train In Bangkok

I checked “riding on an elephant” off my bucket list on my Thailand trip, but didn’t realize it’s not always the most socially responsible thing to do.


Riding on an #elephant train. #enoughsaid #travel #Thailand #Bangkok

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The small backlash at the Tiger Temple was slightly mitigated by my excitement to complete the next “must-do” in Bangkok – riding on an elephant! I held on for dear life as we crossed a small river. The elephant in front of me peed like a waterfall. The last thing I want is to fall over and be drenched it in.

The elephant behind me was quite mischievous – tapping me with its trunk and blowing air at me as we made our way down the bushy path. Good thing it didn’t have bad breath. I was too enveloped in the experience to even notice the heat and humidity.

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Backlash at the Tiger Temple in Thailand

Are they sedated tigers or are they just tired from the heat and humidity at the Tiger Temple in Thailand?


A little nervous meeting my new pet tiger. #BFF #dreamcometrue #Travel #Thailand #Bangkok

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Pet a tiger. Check!

Receive backlash for petting a tiger. Check.

That’s what I get for not doing my homework before my visit to the Tiger Temple in Thailand. Before I got to the designated tiger petting area, I was distracted by the unfenced wildlife scattered throughout the temple area. Wild boars chased one other from tree to tree. Lazy oxes soaked themselves neck deep in muddy green water. And I think it was a yak that I saw in the middle of the dusty road.

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Getting Baked & Bronzed On Pattaya Beach

Pattaya Beach was supposed to be relaxing, but it was loitered by disgustingly horny Indian men who asked me, “how much?”!


Getting baked (literally) on #Pattaya #Beach. #TravelTuesday #Thailand #Bangkok

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While my trip to Vietnam was short and my explorations were limited only to the Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City, I packed my time in Thailand with all the things you’re supposed to do when visiting Bangkok – minus the ping pong shows.

After a week of hard work wrapping up my consulting project in Vietnam, I decided to kick off my trip in Thailand by getting baked on Pattaya Beach. It’s a popular destination for tourists and expats, but quite a drive and a boat ride away from where I was staying.

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