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Somboon Legacy Foundation

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LouiseB wrote a review Dec 2020
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One of the best places in Thailand to understand elephants! With total respect for the animal! At this foundation, the care, attention, and love given to animals is true and incomparable. If you choose to learn more about them, this is definitely where you would have the best experience! The elephants are free, the place is sumptuous, natural, enchanted by the Kway river, and the activities are very interesting ! Great respect and thank you to the whole team who dedicate their lives to this magnificent, ethics and noble project ! 🙏❤️
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Date of experience: January 2020
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scmor wrote a review Oct 2020
Nairobi5 contributions
These guys have a great day program for spending time with the elephants as they go about their activities in the forest or the river, in a more peaceful and natural setting than anywhere else we've seen. I'm usually skeptical about these things, but their elephant museum is probably the most interesting conservation museum I've yet seen. They have a bunch of interesting exhibits, for instance about prehistoric elephant species or elephant anatomy. This is probably the best elephant program we've seen.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Fotojeanique wrote a review Apr 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands22 contributions1 helpful vote
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Being a part of the very first steps of this foundation was very special. Dedicated people working hard to make sure everything is perfect for the elephants and being part of that has enriched my life. Finally there is a place that doesn't exploit their elephants! I have seen good sanctuaries turn into tourist-overloaded places where the elephants could no longer enjoy their retirement, but had to work tight schedules to fit the needs of the tourists. Terrible and very sad to see. At the Somboon Legacy Foundation the elephants roam free. Soon after the elephants arrived they began to display more natural behavior. It was amazing to see that happening. Coming from a tourist-overloaded sanctuary, they kept following foreign staff around in the beginning, because they learned to get their food from tourists. But after a few weeks, the hands-off approach began to work and they started showing more natural behavior like foraging, stripping off branches from the trees and grazing all day. On the first day they found a mud hole and they spent hours a day playing with the mud ever since. It's a real delight to watch them play, eat and swim without tourists swarming around them. I am so glad there is a place for elephants now where they really look at what is good for the elephants and not so much about what tourists want (like things that are not good for the elephants). For the tourists it's all about education, observation and helping the mahouts (elephant caretakers) take care for the elephants. There is a nice terrace overlooking the river where you can sit and order a drink and enjoy watching the elephants play in the river. And there is a really fun truck where you can hop in and drive to a nearby banana tree farm and go banana tree cutting and many other activities. They are also building an interactive museum as we speak. The location (Kanchanaburi) also has a lot to offer and I consider the province as one of the most beautiful ones in Thailand. The resort (Legacy River Kwai Resort) is also very beautiful. It's full of flowers and wildlife. I stayed here for two months and it's a beautiful place where you can endlessly discover new plants and animals. The staff is very friendly and welcoming Long story short: if you want to visit a place with elephants in Thailand, but want to do it in a good, ethical way, you should go to Somboon Legacy Foundation.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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anja v wrote a review Apr 2020
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Wow, what an experience. This sanctuary is so different than the other so called sanctuaries that I visited in the past. Somboon Legacy is a 100% Hands off project. Thanks God! The elephants are free to do whatever they want, without having to follow a schedule. In other sanctuaries I saw elephants who were totally stressed out... they were balancing on their feet, spinning their heads.. Terrible!! At Somboon Legacy they are totally free ! You can subscribe for different programs which you can book on their website. I booked the overnight stay. The first day you are exploring this peaceful resort with his beautiful gardens ,by feet or bicycle, you can relax at the pool or participate different programs like massage, yoga, cooking, ... After a good night's sleep in a beautiful luxury room you go and see the elephants , prepare them dinner, help cutting grass and watch them enjoying their bath. They are building a new interactive museum with a real live sized magnet!! Somboon Legacy is located along the river Kwai. Easy to reach from Bangkok by train or minivan. Agnes & Manouk, I'm really impressed about your project. I hope you will be an example for the rest of the sanctuary. Good job girls!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Fabian B wrote a review Mar 2020
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My name is Fabian and I’m 21 years old. I’ve met Manouk and Agnes 6 months ago due to a school project. Somboon Legacy is a new ethical elephant sanctuary where old, ill and rescued elephants can roam around freely without being forced to do tricks etc. My goal was to find new partners such as ecofriendly tour operators and international schools to bind to the foundation. It was an inspiring 6 months for me to work with these lovely ladies. You can see that they will do anything for these beautiful creatures. Their vision and mindset is something unique and many unethical sanctuaries can learn something from Somboon. I’ve visited the sanctuary myself last December and was happy to see that there was a no-toching policy. The two elephants were roaming around and started eating food that we prepared with the mahouts (care takers of elephants). Currently their busy with the elephant museum and the poo paper factory to educate people about the elephants. If you have time to visit an elephant sanctuary please go to somboon legacy. An unique experience with people with the heart on the right place.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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