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Thai Elephant Home

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Thai Elephant Home

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June wrote a review Sep 2020
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This was one of my greatest experience in Chiang Mai ever! Even we are Thais, It was such an unique and amazing experience and we love it soo much!! We have tried elephant-riding before, we was sitting on wooden carrier. But this one is mind-blowing! We drove to the camp. Not difficult to find but you need Google maps. Recommend to call for the resevation so that the staffs could prepare the elephants and meals for you in advance. I think they have a pick-up service from your hotel, please ask them for more information when you call them. It started with providing us some basic information about the elephants. Then they asked us to get change to mahout clothes. Clean clothes providing with chaning room and showers. Later they introduced us to meet the herd and let us feed them, pet them, ride on them, even teach us few commands to them. Shortly we started riding on the elephant like a Tarzan! My girl was named Ruby, very tall and cute. Soon realized that she loved to grab-and-go some snacks along the way. That's cute! Love so much while we were in the canel with the elephants. They love to play spraying the water. You could even command them to spray the water or kiss on your cheeks. They could also lift you up. with its nose. That's just amazing! So fresh! While we were riding, we all had a personal mahout to take care all of us. So it's pretty safe in my opinion. The staff and mahout kept asking if we were alright. They were also an amazingly photographter! I was so surprised after seeing all the photos after the trip. Balancing myself on the elephants was very challenging! Recommend to bring a case with rope that could wear around your neck or a head wrap for a go pro would be a great idea. But if you do not have it, That's just fine. Mahouts could help you take photos as well. it's ok to come alone or with a friend, but you know, the more the merrier with the herd of elephants! you will have so much fun! Even it was just few hours, I really had a great moment with my friend, mahouts and of course! this herd of elephants. Thanks to K.Joe and his team for taking care all of us. Very nice and friendly staffs. PS. Would I go back? OMG!! YES!!
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Date of experience: September 2020
John J wrote a review May 2020
16 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi Guys, I just came across some pictures from our last visit to you in February 2019. I just wanted to thank you for some amazing memories of some father / daughter time spent enjoying the elephants, and your wonderful hospitality. I hope that you make it through the difficult times that we are in at the moment. Best Regards, John J, and daughter Pip Derby UK
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Date of experience: June 2019
Earleen H wrote a review Apr 2020
Jacksonville113 contributions19 helpful votes
I had the most amazing experience visiting the elephants at Thai Elephant Home. I learned about their care and feeding - being able to feed each one of them bananas and receiving kisses from one of them, even before the banana feast. They are amazing animals and the handlers and staff there are kind and respectful of the animals and the guests.
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Date of experience: February 2020
theworldawaits1979 wrote a review Oct 2019
Houston, Texas130 contributions73 helpful votes
I want to start by saying that I truly understand the complexity of issues facing elephants in Thailand and their caregivers. I care deeply about animals, and the people of Thailand who are charged with caring for elephants that are no longer used in the logging industry and have little natural habitat left to roam freely. I struggled with how to rate this place. It's not as bad as some I've seen, but I've experienced far better. The elephants here are chained, some even while walking through the forest. That's hard to see, but some elephants need guidance to keep from wandering too far. I can forgive chains when absolutely necessary. The event that spoiled our day here was the pushing of elephants into tricks in the river. So much so, that one mahout struck an older elephant that was touching a younger one with it's trunk. The hook strike broke the elephant's skin and caused her to bleed. She then rubbed the area repeatedly with the end of her trunk. My 11 year old daughter was completely heartbroken to watch this and spent the rest of the visit angry and on the verge of tears. This was her first experience with elephants and she left very sad. I would like to this say to the owners of the camp - and all elephant camp owners: I realize that elephants in Thailand are farm animals. It must seem to mahouts and others who have spent their lives with elephants, that for the elephants to be entertaining enough for visitors to want to come they must do tricks or provide rides. The reality, is that foreigners are entertained simply by seeing these magnificent animals. They are new to us and we don't need tricks or riding. We will still come. Actually, more of us will come. There is a big push in the travel community to spend money in responsibile and sustainable ways. So many travelers reject elephant camps completely because they feel that they won't be able to properly research a camp and will have a poor experience. That is what happened to use today. This camp has perfect reviews, but it has a long way to go in creating an experience that truly benefits the elephants. I hope that it will continue to develop and adopt kinder practices to the elephants in its care.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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roj1281 wrote a review Jul 2019
Houston, Texas282 contributions84 helpful votes
Thai Elephant home was recommended to me by a friend who visited it previously as it is a sanctuary and the elephants aren’t mistreated. Service was great, they picked me up and dropped me off after the visit at my hotel in Chiang Mai. The experience was great. We got to feed the elephants then ride them down to the river while taking in the beautiful scenery. While down at the river took some pictures and splashed around. I’d highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: November 2018