Sydney-based Consultant Danielle Takes A Safari in Thailand

8 January 2014

When Sydney-based Flight Centre Consultant, Danielle Moeda signed up for the Elephant Hills Beach and Rainforest Nature Safari, she didn't realise that she was embarking on an awesome adventure.

"I flew into Phuket. I was then driven for a couple of hours north to the Khao Sok National Park. This tour really focuses on admiring the incredible natural beauty of the region. I canoed on the river and trekked through the rainforest. One of the highlights was spending a day with the elephants. I was given a box of fruit to feed them and I also got to wash the elephants. It was so amazing to be so close to these magnificent creatures."

"Elephant Hills is a Conservation Centre. Your guide teaches you about Thai Elephants, the region and its history as well as the conservation projects. One of the local projects that Elephant Hills also supports is local education, so on one night the local school children came and did a traditional dance performance."

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The Floating Tents

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"For a couple of nights of the tour, you get to sleep in these floating tents that sit on a platform above the river. You have your own section with a double bed and private en suite. You can jump straight into the water. There's a board walk that connects all the tents and you have your own canoe," said Danielle.

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Long Tail Boats

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"This is the traditional long tail boats that transported the group around the river. They can hold about 12 people," said Danielle.

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View from my Tent

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"From my tent, I could look up and see this amazing foliage. It was so incredible to be surrounded by so awe inspiring scenery," said Danielle.

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Canoeing on the Lake

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"In one particular morning, we took the canoes out as a group so that we could spot the various birds that call the national park home. This photo is just one of the many I took when I had the chance to put the oars down to capture the moment," said Danielle.

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The Landscape from the Canoe

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"The rainforest is just amazing. I feel so blessed to be able to see," said Danielle.

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Driving through the Countryside

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"After canoeing down the river there was an amazing converted army truck waiting to drive us through the countryside to get to the Elephant conservation centre," said Danielle.

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Preparing the Fruit for the Elephants

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"On the elephant experience you get to cut up the elephant's favourite food so that you can feed these majestic creatures yourself. I loved how you kept learning as you went; the team really gave you a full experience," said Danielle.

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Towel Elephants, The Kee, Patong Beach

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"After the tour, I went to Patong to chill for a couple of days. I thought these elephant towels were really cute. They were on the bed at The Kee hotel, which has this great party vibe," said Danielle.

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