I went to Kuala Lumpur early to settle some stuff before my graduation day.
But staying at the same spot in the same city really cracks my nerves and boredom.
And so I made a last-minute plan with my sisters to have a short budget road trip by visiting our dearly friend at Pahang.
Thus, we kicked off on our 2 hours plus drive journey to Bandar Maran, Pahang.
Bandar Maran is located about an hour drive from Kuantan and approximately 3 hours safe speeding drive from Kuala Lumpur. It’s a humble town with humble people and folks and with a serene atmosphere and ambience. In other words, this place is peaceful.
There we met with a not-so-old-friend who then introduced me and my sisters with his crazy-kick-ass-funny-adorable-craze friends which made our trip even more exciting.
Since we are always stuck in the urban busy living lifestyle, so we wanted to look up on some back to the nature activities as our escapade plan. I love travelling back to nature. As a scout since I was a kid, nature serves the best holiday version for me.
I myself is always fascinated with elephants. I always wanted to ride on elephants and splash them with waters. In Peninsular Malaysia, the only place where you can ride on elephants in nature is at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Pahang. No ZOO-just nature-with jungles, real jungles.
I’m not sure if the elephant is excited or just wailing in an excruciating pain because of the load posing on his back
For your info, the river is dirty. I even almost touch the elephant’s poo while having bath time with them because the shit looks like mud!
Advice? Quickly wash yourself and change the clothes after you have a bath with these adorable creature. There is a toilet with shower rooms provided at the sanctuary. Clothes? Wash it thoroughly!
The show only starts at 2pm until 4pm. If you are lucky, you can have a bath with the baby elephant just like I did. But if the tide of the river is unpleasant, enjoy yourself by feeding the elephants with papaya and sugar cane and bananas. The workers already prepare all of the food so no worries.
Do not miss your chance to ride on these elephants.
The best thing is that the entrance fee is FOC-free of charge.
You can make some donation to help maintaining the sanctuary.
This particular elephant here is old. She is suffering from I cant remember what disease and is deaf in her left ear and she is partially blind. She used to be a working elephant, just like any other elephants in this sanctuary. Their job is to help the rangers and workers carry big logs and chains as well as to calm any wild elephant that the rangers found in any mission in rescuing lost wild elephants.
Do not ever attempt to provoke these elephants because they can turn from gentle and loving and adorable into your worst nightmare.
They love to eat, so bribe them with food.
Poke it and like!
Only at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Pahang.