The elephants were due at 10 but there was also a wedding in the village, so some of our group were already drunk before we took the elephants out. There was a great quantity of rice whiskey, some kind of Thai saki I suppose and it was flipping strong. I felt much more relaxed walking with the elephants but it was a lot cooler so they weren’t so keen on getting in the river, and neither were we. Quick lunch then back in the bus for a drive back to Surin and the joys of hot water, flushing toilets and mattresses. Four days without these delights had seemed a long long time.