Bathe an elephant

This item appears on page 102 of the November 2008 issue.

In Ayutthaya, Thailand, you can ride, feed and bathe an elephant at the Royal Elephant Kraal & Village, about an hour away from Bangkok, where the Elephantstay (Royal Elephant Kraal & Village, 74/1 M.3 Tumbol Suanpik, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, 13000, Thailand; phone [66] 80668 7727, program is involved in the research, rescue and rehabilitation of elephants.

Package prices (cash only, on arrival), available year round, range from 4,000 baht (near $118) for one person for one day to 77,000 baht ($2,271) for two people for 14 days/13 nights; the latter includes an air-conditioned bungalow (with bathroom) and meals. Family packages are available.