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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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A must for elephant lovers!

This sanctuary founded by Katherine Conner and her lovely family is a must visit when you want to see elephants in a natural habitat in Thailand. They know very well that all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This sanctuary founded by Katherine Conner and her lovely family is a must visit when you want to see elephants in a natural habitat in Thailand. They know very well that all elephants are different and need a little different care. Not only is this place a beautiful home for elephants but also for dog, cats and some tortoises and... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After 5 months, 3 email to Katherine and 4 to her assistant I was finally told the time I was trying to visit 10 months down the road was full. I never did get any communication from Katherine just an automated email that she would get back at some point...she never did. All for the best probably, if things are... More 

9 Thank CorinaIW
Surrey, UK
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 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 

15 Thank EmyKLu
Adelaide, Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

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

2 Thank Sue M
Manchester, New Hampshire
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

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 

3 Thank Jodie B
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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

3 Thank VoyagerDiaries
Glens Falls, New York
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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 

9 Thank kali d
New South Wales, Australia
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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 

4 Thank MakushlaB
Scotland, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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 

13 Thank SueHR51
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

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