Thai elephants playing soccer, painting and taking you for a ride whilst others raft between them on the river. Maetaeng Rafting and Elephant Camp, near Chang Mai, Thailand. An awesome day out!

These elephants were definitely up close and personal . . too personal sometimes, but it was a lot of fun.

Tip: It was a stinking hot day, I mean MUG SHOT MUGGY! I gave my elephant rider a big tip and when we got to the river he had 4 other elephants suck up water (without the abundant “elephant bombs” found in the river I hoped) and they all shot the water over me, cooling me down! Wonderful honour, and so refreshing.

<p><a href=”″>Ellie and the Phants</a> from <a href=””>David Smouha</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>