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Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary

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Address: 304 Mu 5, Baan Na Ton Jan | Tambon Baan Tuek, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai 64130, Thailand
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Description: Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) is a small, family run, home for...
Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) is a small, family run, home for elephants and all other animals in need. Established in 2006, BLES focuses on saving land from deforestation and helping elephants recover from their traumatic pasts.
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Where to start and review a place like BLES?? Following a visit with my grown-up family (older than teens but no option to tick!!) at the beginning of June, I feel I must give my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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New South Wales, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Firstly, if you want to stay here book at least a year ahead. Thats what I did, it was to be a dream holiday for me, my partner and our 3 kids 5yrs, 2yrs and 9months (our youngest wasn't even born when I booked - Thats how early you have to get in at this place!). I booked for 17th... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Where to start and review a place like BLES?? Following a visit with my grown-up family (older than teens but no option to tick!!) at the beginning of June, I feel I must give my opinion on some of the negative comments first. - BLES is not a hotel, theme park, safari park or zoo, it's an elephant sanctuary. -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We agree with others that it's difficult to put into words what a totally magical experience our 2 day visit was. From meeting the inspirational founder, Katherine Connor, to spending time in the company of Marli our guide who along with the mahoots made our visit so memorable. Of course the stars are the elephants, the Gossip Girls and all,... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

BLES - how do you put into words something so special and magical? This was my 3rd and final trip to experience Elephant Sanctuaries in Thailand. Following BLES for over 2 years via Facebook, you become engaged, fall in love, wanting to know more and wanting to meet these special elephants and really wanting to meet the Woman behind all... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Although this is in the 'attractions' section, I think of Boon Lott's as more of a total immersion package. A place to live, breathe, experience, feel. If you did not have kindness in your soul before staying here with Katherine, her family, all of the mahouts and staff, all of the elephants and other rescued creatures; well... you will after... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

A visit to BLES is all about knowing what to expect. Expect difficulties and delays communicating with Katherine. Our emails and all information were lost multiple times. Expect to make reservations a year or more in advance. Expect rustic accommodations. If you read all the comments here, you’ll get a pretty good idea of the experience. Basically, if you don’t... More 

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Kegalle, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Catherine, her husband and their staff have been building an amazing place for animals, a real paradise. Not only the elephants live in paradise, also their many other animals are very lucky. The setting is beautiful and the grounds where the elephants roam on are spacious. There is a very good reason their place is always fully booked: it is... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Before booking a visit to Boon Lott look at the website, facebook and Katherine's journal. Understand what it's all about then, if you're simply looking for a tourist attraction, you'll probably look elsewhere. If, like us, you are committed to animal welfare or at least have an open mind what you learn will fuel your enthusiasm and you won't be... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I spent a week in the most wonderful and removed place from the world. It is quite annoying to read the reviews complaining of the showers, dogs, bugs, etc. This is a sanctuary designed for the elephants to come first, as well as the dogs and whoever else has been able to have been saved. Expect to get dirty, pretend... More 

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Greater Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

When we arrived at BLES, we saw 3 elephants to our right and were greeted by half a dozen friendly dogs. A wonderful site after 5 days in Bangkok. We knew we were going to a sanctuary and not a 5 star resort so we were delighted with our accommodation. We quickly dropped our bags and went back to see... More 

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Address: Address: 304 Mu 5, Baan Na Ton Jan | Tambon Baan Tuek, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai 64130, Thailand
Location: Asia  >  Thailand  >  Sukhothai Province  >  Sukhothai

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