Before we arrived in Chiang Mai we researched various Elephant camps in the area and Patara seemed to be the best bet. We didn't want to go to anything that exploited the Elephants and wanted to spent time with these trully special animals. When we arrived in Chiang Mai we found out they were fully booked for the next few days and made the decision to extend our stay just so that we could visit Patara.
It was well worth waiting for. It was a trully special day and I would encourage anyone who is interested in Elephants to choose Patara over the other parks/camps. Others have explained the day in detail so I won't do so here. What I will say is that the guides really care about their Elephants and also care that you have a great day.
It is a really magical day and a priveledge to spend time in the company of these wonderful animals. Do yourself a favour, if you are going to Chiang Mai, go and visit Patara - you won't forget it. Yes it does cost more than the others, but it is well worth it.
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