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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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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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My heart belongs to BLES...

The most beautiful, incredible experience. I visited BLES in the summer when the temperature was well into the 40s and the sun was scorching. We were hot and bothered, felt... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
Surrey, UK
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Surrey, UK
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The most beautiful, incredible experience. I visited BLES in the summer when the temperature was well into the 40s and the sun was scorching. We were hot and bothered, felt dirty and groggy, and were exhausted by the heat. However, being surrounded by elephants, dogs, and a wonderful bunch of human beings, you soon forget how uncomfortable you are. The... More 

10 Thank EmyKLu
Adelaide, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Absolutely wonderful week with amazing people and animals. Loved the elephants and the dogs. What an experience!!

1 Thank Sue M
Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

An amazing experience. Interacting with elephants on their own land. Just as they are, live and socialize. Great way to see their interactions and see how and why they are rescued from poor working lives (or worse!) in Thailand. Katherine accepted and delivered answers to our 1,001 questions. We even spotted and scored a honeycomb from a beehive while walking... More 

2 Thank Jodie B
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This sanctuary is situated in Northern Thailand and was founded by Katherine Connor in memory of a Baby Elephant named Boon Lott, which means ‘Survivor’ in Thai. The sanctuary is rendering yeoman service in rescuing and protecting elephants in Thailand from abuse and extinction. Visitors to the sanctuary can interact with the elephants in an environment of love and peace

2 Thank VoyagerDiaries
Glens Falls, New York
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A true elephant sanctuary, where elephants can be elephants. Katherine is an angel to all the BLES animals and a wonderful guide for your visit. The sweet gentle staff make exquisite meals and there is something for everyone to enjoy. I visited with my 2 sons and they have memories to last a lifetime. If I could give a 20... More 

6 Thank kali d
New South Wales, Australia
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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 

3 Thank MakushlaB
Scotland, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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 

11 Thank SueHR51
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank Chris S
Scottsdale, Arizona
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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 

10 Thank TrueReview8641
Oakville, Canada
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94 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 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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