Day 2 - Phuket
Nellie the elephant packed her trunk......
A restless night's sleep after 15 rooms had been checked-in at 1am to a crowd of Chinese who thought it would be a good idea to run up and down the corridors, bang doors and make a general racket.
We had planned to get up at 6am and book ourselves onto the Islands Tour, however, luckily that didn't happen as we slept in until about 10am only to discover it was pouring it down.The rain was torrential and lasted for hours.The speedboat tour would have been a wash out.
After getting organised, we went for lunch across the road.The food was very good again.I had a chicken schnitzel and Laura had a stone baked pizza.No idea what bizarre meal Colin had again.
The rain started to ease off, so we booked ourselves onto an elephant trekking tour and a quad bike adventure.
We got picked up from the hotel at 2:30pm and took the 10 minute trip up the mountain to the Punchadi Safari ranch.Our first tour was the elephant trekking where we had to board a platform about 10ft off the ground and wait for elephant pulling in J
Colin boarded his one first.It pulled away slowly and looked a little bit like a drunk driver trundling down the road.Our one pulled up at the stall next.The 40 year old named Cita.We got on the back and followed Colin up the hill and into the forest.
We had only just entered the forest when Colin was shouting back to duck as we approached some trees overlapping each other.We thought at first he was telling us that it was a snake hanging from the tree, however, it turned out to be the biggest spider we had ever seen in our life.No word of a lie, it was bigger than my hand.
That freaked us out a little as our elephant swayed from side to side as she went further into the jungle stopping for food every 5 minutes.We asked our tour guide, who was sat on the elephants head, if he could take a photo, however, his English was non existent and he ended up getting off the elephant and told me to sit up front on its head.He then started getting snap happy and remained off the elephant for about 20 minutes taking pictures of us from all angles.It was pretty sore upfront as old Nellie the Elephants ears pushed back on your legs.An amazing amount of strength in them.
After we got off the elephants we were allowed to feed them.On today's menu was full pineapples J
Colin's one kept trying to steal the pineapple from the basket with its trunk. Old Cita allowed you to put it straight into her big slobbery mouth.
After the elephants, we made our way over to the off road quad bikes.We were all given a bike each and shown how they work before we headed for the main road.We drove for about 5 minutes up the mountain with cars and bikes passing by before we entered the off road dirt track.
Once on the track it was absolute bedlam JWe floored quads up the hill and through pot holes etc and the confidence grew as we were faced with more dangerous obstacles.I got too confident and ended up flying round a corner only to strike a massive big rock and take my quad up on two wheels into the bushes.
I was soon brought back down to earth after that one and it took it easy the rest of the course as the track became narrower and more bumpy.
We came off the quads covered in muck and ended up getting a lift back to the hotel to get washed and changed before going out for a nice Thai curry for dinner.
After dinner we went for drinks in the bar where had drinks last year after we had been engaged to celebrate our one year anniversary since getting engaged J