What a day! The usual round of hotel pickups — who knows what nationalities got onto the van this time around. One Danish couple with a baby.
Lots of interesting talk about elephants in Thailand. There are now about 4,000 elephants in Thailand’s jungles, and about a 1,000 of them in the wild. It used to be 40,000. They are all now being tracked and cared for. They are very much revered in the culture. Everywhere you go there are reminders of elephants. Did you know that an elephant has a tremendous memory? I fed my female elephant named Sam Bang with a whole basket of bananas, and she will probably remember me in five years from now when I visit her again. They store all of this memory their huge heads like a big library.
At the entrance of the reservation there was a big statue of Ganesh sleeping. This explains it all – what business it has sleeping instead of protecting them?