Elephant riding tour is one of the new ones in Vietnam. It is mainly a short-term sightseeing model for excursionists to have a different look from elephant’s back. But you should think over before making final decision to take part in this tour. Why so? Let me share you my experience.
When I was a little baby, I used to dream to touch the elephants. To me, they are so big, lovely and friendly mammalian animals. It is the reason why when I went to Buon Ma Thuot located in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam; without thinking, I plunged into the elephants riding tour.
Locals there showed me their elephants right after my decision. I couldn’t stand to waiting to see them. “Wow. They are so big and awesome.” It was my first thinking, but then I noticed others. I realized there was a big metal chain kept their feets into the trees, which made these elephants move very little tiny. Additionally, there was another big thing – a metal chairs strapped to their backs, which hurt their backs, even bleeding :(. They were prisoner workers, no more!!!
Then I reached more closely with one elephant there. There were many scars on his back due to the heavy chair, and of course, the heavy bodies of us – the human! More terribly, I’m sure that I saw he was crying. Some people will think that I am so sensitive; but not. He cried because he also had the feeling, he also needed true love; not the love spent for prisoner.
Witness all was enough; I decided not to participate in this tour and shared my point of view for all of you to think twice before decision.