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Excursion 4: Scenic Phuket & Elephant Camp
Tour Code: HKT-002
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)

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On this excursion, enjoy a short trek through the tropical jungle on a majestic elephant, an experience not to be missed. Elephants are an important part of Thai history and culture, regularly featured in Buddhist art and architecture. Wild elephants used to roam Phuket Island, but as rubber plantations and tin mining changed the natural environment, the wild elephants slowly disappeared. Elephants were used in Thailand's logging industry, hauling heavy logs out of the remote forest to roads not accessible by truck. In 1989, most elephants and their mahouts (handlers) were forced out of work when the Thai government banned virtually all logging of its quickly dwindling teak forests. Departing the pier, drive to the cashew nut factory, curiously named Sri Bhurapa Orchid Company. There, see how mouth-watering cashew nut products are made, as skilled workers create a scrumptious variety of snacks and sweets. The next stop is a picturesque rubber plantation with a demonstration of "rubber-tapping" where the product is extracted from rubber trees in its natural form. Arriving at the elephant camp, enjoy an elephant show before having the unique opportunity to ride one of these lumbering beasts for a short trip through lush forest and plantation land. Incredibly agile for their size, be amazed as the elephant deftly navigates the narrow pathways. Re-board your motor coach for a short stop at the local souvenir shop before returning to the ship.

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