I would not hesitate to recommend this as a fun activity, for groups, couples, individuals, children’s birthday parties and definitely for tourists wanting to have fun and see some sights (great views from the upper level). I also think it is a safe way to conquer your fear and an awesome way to test your strength, agility and ability for those wanting to challenge themselves.
The only way to stop the abuse is if we, the tourist, boycott this cruel industry of animal tourism, by refusing to buy the product or experience!
The Sabang Marine Festival – 2016 – was extremely well organised, a lot of fun, and facilitated the healthy and happy mixing of many different cultures. 18 boats from all around the world participated and the visiting sailors included Australian, Swiss, French, American, Canadian, Malaysian, Thai, English, South African, Zambian, German, Italian, Czech, New Zealand, Swedish and New Caledonian. The participants, of which we were two, enjoyed many organised activities such as cultural performances, a tour of Banda Aceh and the Tsunami museum, as well as interactive games including tug-of-war, greasy pole climbing and canoe races.
I’m writing this post, not to tell you why you shouldn’t ride an elephant, but to encourage you to read more about elephant tourism before decide ‘to ride or not to ride’. I’m not an expert, in fact I’m far from it. I’m just someone who made the mistake of riding an elephant before doing the research. I was unaware. I must admit I hadn’t really thought about it. I should have known better, I’m not stupid…
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