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Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary

Address: 304 Mu 5, Baan Na Ton Jan | Tambon Baan Tuek, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai 64130, Thailand
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Ranked #6 of 24 things to do in Sukhothai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) is a small, family run, home for elephants and all other...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Vancouver
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We had the pleasure of visiting BLES in April 2013, so this is very delayed! Seeing the more recent reviews of poor accommodations/service, I felt compelled to add my experience. Katherine and Anon's vision for BLES is incredible. What they have been able to accomplish with their sanctuary and in educating the general public about ethical tourist activities in a... More 

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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

It has taken me a while to write this review as we really did have mixed feelings about the place. First and foremost the experience of spending time with the elephants was fantastic, being so close to an learning about these amazing animals we will never forget but we feel that when time at the sanctuary is so limited that... More 

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Perth, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Fantastic place to visit on your trip to Thailand . There are many elephant sanctuaries in Thailand but this one has a little more to show the traveller

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Richmond, Virginia
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15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We spent 3 nights at Boon Lott as part of a longer trip throughout Thailand. Seeing what BLES does for the animals (elephants, dogs, cats...) was wonderful, and we learned so much about elephants and conservation efforts. Our daily schedule was: feed the elephants; eat breakfast; walk in the forest with the elephants; lunch; assist staff with an errand or... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I have sadly torn myself away from Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctury having spent 6 nights there. It is truly heaven on earth for elephants other animals and humans alike. Katherine and her team have created a beautiful sanctury where the elephants have space and loving attention from their mahouts and those around them to live the lives they should have... More 

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london
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We stayed for 3 days as part of our honeymoon and both of us wish we stayed for longer. The interaction with elephants, on their terms and when they want, is amazing and like nothing I have ever experienced before. As the websites states, this is elephants just being elephants. You soon learn each elephant has their own amazing personality... More 

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Noosa, Australia
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38 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I’ve thought long & hard before posting this. I agree with all the previous reviews, both negative & positive. We stayed 5 nights/6 days - probably 2-3 days is enough time here. Yes, the location is remote. Wifi is very limited (local internet cafe is best, a truck ride away & divine coffees!), and so the booking/confirmation process can be... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I recently took a 3 week vacation to Thailand and Cambodia and I was looking forward to this part of the vacation more than anything. We booked two nights at the elephant sanctuary. They picked us up in Sukhothai around 9 a.m. on the first day and it was approximately a 1.5 hour ride to get to... More 

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