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Ethical Elephant Sanctuary

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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About Ethical Elephant Sanctuary
Welcome to Ethical Elephant Sanctuary- A Karen Hilltribe Project. Here we don't ride or use hooks on our elephants. Gain a once in a lifetime experience, get to know and understand the elephants and immerse yourself in Karen Hill Tribe Culture!
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Rachel S wrote a review Feb 2020
France57 contributions6 helpful votes
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This elephant sanctuary is well worth a visit! No chains hooks or riding! The elephants are treated Kindly and with respect, trained with food not force. It was the best day out in our 3 week trip to Thailand. Don't book any other camp!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Carly E wrote a review Feb 2020
Baton Rouge, Louisiana4 contributions1 helpful vote
If you're wondering which elephant experience to book, then look no further...book. this. now! We did the full day experience. Pachai (spelling?) and Sam picked my husband and I up at our hotel. About halfway through the drive we stopped at a local market where they bought the ingredients for our lunch. We then continued our journey to the Sanctuary. They were super friendly and talkative throughout the entire drive and answered all of our different Thailand related questions. Once we arrived at the sanctuary, the experience of a lifetime started. We started with meeting and feeding the elephants. That is followed by a walk through the forest with the elephants. We then had a delicious lunch prepared the the local Karen tribe. After lunch was time to bathe the elephants. First covering them in mud, followed by washing them off in the nearby stream. You spend so much time with the sweet elephants, you hate to leave them at the end of the day. All of the guides and Karen tribesmen are so friendly and really want you to take advantage of every second you have with the elephants. Another plus is that Pachai walks around with you the entire day and takes amazing pictures of you and the elephants, while telling you all about them. He later adds them to facebook and you are able to download them so you don't have to spend the day trying to capture the moments on your phone. It really allows you to disconnect from the world and enjoy your time in nature. I honestly can not say enough good things about this group of people. If you are looking for an amazing elephant experience, this is it!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Chris T wrote a review Feb 2020
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We did the half day experience, and it was one of my best experiences ever. We lucked out and had the elephants to ourselves for the first hour. They are amazing creatures. The elephants appeared to be in great health and appeared to be very well taken care of. If I find myself back in Chiang Mai, I will absolutely go back for another visit.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Zel wrote a review Feb 2020
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I highly recommend booking the overnight trip!!! We wished we had more nights!!! The elephants are treated well, which is obvious from their affection to the guides. They roam freely. They enjoyed the mud and river bath, and foraging in the woods. After playing with the elephants for 4 hours, the other tourists were taken back to the city, while our guide Rong took us to a waterfall and then a secret mountain shrine that was INCREDIBLE. Then they drove us to the remote village which was brain-meltingly beautiful. We stayed in a small hut on top of a mountain overlooking a big valley. They cooked us delicious food, and even brought us beer from the village that evening!!! And we had a campfire under the full moon. An unforgettable experience. We felt sorry for those that had only booked 1 day!!!! BOOK OVERNIGHT!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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JulieK58 wrote a review Jan 2020
Northampton, United Kingdom152 contributions60 helpful votes
Excellent half day visit to the sanctuary. Early start as quite a long drive from Chiang Mai, and the last bit of drive was standing on the back of truck down a very steep, bumpy track, quite exciting but could be tricky if not very mobile...! We fed the three elephants sugar cane initially, then watched them eat grasses. We could get very close to the elephants, they didn’t mind being stroked. Then it was time for a mud bath which visitors could help with if wished, followed by washing off in the river. We had a nice lunch of rice, curry and vegetables. The guide took lots of photos (available free of charge from Facebook after the visit), there were a few souvenirs to buy if wished but not at all pushy. Well worthwhile.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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