I admit. I just didn’t smile. I also laugh, amazed and exclaimed wow! Then, I thunderously clapped my hands many times after. These are my reactions after watching the elephant show at Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo in Nakhon Pathom province. A chance to get close to these gentle animals after the show was an elephant encounter that made me smile in amazingness I will never forget.
Traveling for two hours to Samphran, Nakhon Pathom province is the only way to get up close and personal with these Siam elephants. Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo is a popular sightseeing destination for both adults and children alike in Nakhon Pathom. Aside from the exciting offer of The Elephant Theme Show, it also offers a Magic Show and The Crocodile Wrestling Show to delight its visitors. Visitors can also check-out the tropical garden and waterfalls while riding on the elephant’s back, visit their Orchid Garden and sample various cuisines at the Erawan Restaurant.
|The Magic Show.|
|Welcoming the audience in style!|
|The place to be Nakhon Pathom.|
|The elephants in their royal robes.|
The next segment of the show was dubbed as the “Elephant World Cup Thailand”. In this presentation the elephants return to the stage wearing a jersey like sport uniforms like those worn by soccer players in a real World Cup event - complete with athlete number and country name represented! The elephants play soccer this time with the wild cheer of the audience. There was so much cheer when the elephant wearing the Thailand jersey hit a kick but I was in a wilder cheer with the watchers when the elephant in Argentina jersey score a goal to the net! After the soccer event, they proceeded to demonstrate different tricks and play like rolling hoops on their trunk and doing a sprint race. The audience responded a thunderous applause after all these presentations signifying their satisfaction to the show.
|It's time for the Elephant World Cup Thailand!|
|Go for the goal, Thailand!|
|It's elephant playtime!|
|The finale of the Elephant Show was the most spectacular part of the show.|
I felt that my close encounters with the elephants earlier at the show were a bit cliffhanger because I was hesitant in getting nearer or touching them. I was only quick in touching them and take souvenir photos. Maybe I’m torn in hesitating and excitement as it was my first time to watch an elephant show and my first time get a close encounter with the elephants. Luckily at the ground zoo, there were two elephants which were free to have a close encounter with along with their baby elephants! I did not miss the chance to get a close encounter with them so I quickly went to them. I felt hesitant in touching a mother elephant at first because their trunk is quick moving and acts like their hand. Things might go unpredictable and I might be hit by the elephant’s trunk. But the elephant master instructs the animal to behave so I can calmly touch it and then have a souvenir photo after. Actually the elephant is really behaving well but her trunk is playful. The elephant master maybe sees my hesitancy because of its playfulness so he instructs the elephant to be calm in playing and moving. The elephant’s skin is rough, hard and sparsely hairy. It felt like rubber or plastic with a texture of a straightened crumpled paper. The baby elephant is churlish because I when try to touch it, it spread soil on its back via trunk. Bad baby elephant!
|Trying to touch the gentle animal...|
|Taming of a playful trunk...|
|Elephant encounters: up close and personal.|
Siam Elephant Encounter made me Smile is part of my Thailand's Amazing Smiles series where I share my wonderful trip to the land of amazing smiles last October 25-28, 2011. For a helpful trip to Bangkok visit Bangkok for Visitors website for more information. You might also like the other parts of the series:
- Exploring Bangkok on a Tuktuk
- Everything is Gold in Bangkok
- A Bowl of Thailand
- Bangkok by Boat
- The Charming Canals of Ratchaburi
- The Royal Orchids of Thailand
- Siam Elephant Encounter made me Smile
- Pratunam's Irresistible Bargains
- 360 Degree of Bangkok from the Sky
- Suvarnabhumi Airport: Thailand's mega-structure
Petkasem Road K.m. 30, Samphran District,
Nakhon Pathom Province, 73110, Thailand
Entrance fee including all shows: Adult - 600THB, Child below 130 cms. - 350THB.
Open daily from 08.30 - 17.30
Learn more about Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo at their website - click here.
This is not a paid article.