This is the most amazing experience of my life! I highly recommend Thai Elephant Home to the people who would want to have an incredible elephant encounter. Staff was responsive and very friendly.
We only took the 2 hour elephant training since I believe this was enough for what we would want to experience. On top of that, we were only in Chiang Mai for a day and we need to visit some other places, we didn't have much time.
Joe's friend, Coco picked us up at the bus station and he toured us in some of Chiang Mai's best tourist attractions. He was very friendly and speaks good English. He pretty much made everything easier for us. He's a local and knows the place really well. We felt very comfortable and safe during our trip.
At the camp, we were thought some basic commands and when the elephants arrived, it was time to meet them. Riding these gentle giants was surreal, I can't believe I was able to do it. It was a mixture of excitement and fascination. We spent 2 hours riding them through the jungle and had loads of fun bathing them on the river.. My mahout was super cool and friendly, we did lots of funny poses while bathing my elephant and it made my encounter extra memorable.
It was all worth it.. The night trip from BKK to Chiang Mai and the price was all worth the experience. If life permits for us to visit Thailand the 2nd time, I will definitely come back to Thai Elephant home and ride my baby Ruby (elephant's name) again.
I thank Joe and his staff for making our stay more than perfect.
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