We had heard a lot about Patara and tried to get a reservation there but they were sold out. The concierge at our hotel recommended Ran-Tong and I am glad he did. The complaints that I saw below did not happen to us on our trip. Driver was early, told us stories about the elephants and their relationship to Chiang Mai, taught us 7 key words that we had to understand to ride the elephants along with others when we asked. They are very knowledgable and our guide encouraged us to ask questions.
When we ate lunch, there was a little wait when we were done, but that was because they were finishing their lunch which they started after us (expected since they had to take care of the elephants)
Total experience deserves the 5 stars that I gave them and even though they are half the price as Patara, I can not imagine that Patara is twice as good.
Great experience by all and a must do while in Chiang Mai!
PS- Ran-Tong is the name of the mother elephant that we had the pleasure to get to know along with her baby Lan-Tong
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