Firstly, if you are thinking about doing an elephant trecking/riding trip in Thailand or anywhere else, or if you are thinking about going to see elephants who dance, play harmonicas, kick soccer balls, paint, or do other tricks, please think about this; How exactly is an elephant, a wild animal, domesticated? What on earth could make these pachyderms subservient to humans? The answer is the Phajaan. Please watch this video before you go watch or ride a trained elephant and decide if you still want to support this industry: http://youtu.be/SVckvi_gWVo
* WARNING: this is very upsetting footage and it will likely make you feel sick and disgusted with humans.