One of the things that I really wanted to accomplish while I was in South East Asia was elephant riding. And I didn’t actually do it!. I was in Laos and said I would do it in Thailand. In Thailand, I was running out of money and it seemed a bit too much to spend on something that wasn’t a necessity. The reason I got so close to this one is that they are a very popular tourist attraction in Ayutthaya, and this one wasn’t working at the time, so the non-riding tourists (like me) were able to get close to the animal, pet it, and have photos taken.