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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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This will nourish your heart as well as your mind

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Oakville, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

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
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Vancouver
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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
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23 helpful votes 23 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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