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Ethical Elephant Karen Tribe

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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About Ethical Elephant Karen Tribe
We're Karen Hill Tribe take care of elephants like a natural of Elephants and Ethical. We are a family owned company who have been looking after elephants for generations - not simply when it became profitable to do so. We rely heavily on the Karen community for the success of our sanctuary and are committed to giving back. When you visit the Ethical Elephant Karen Tribe you can rest assured that you are supporting at-risk elephants and the local community in a sustainable and responsible way. We would like to invited you visit us.
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Experience the natural beauty of northern Thailand with the benefit of a private full-day tour from Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon and a Karen village. Explore the trails, waterfalls, and temples of Doi Inthanon National Park, then meet people from the Karen ethnic minority during a visit to their village. Your local guide knows the landscape well, and you'll travel in comfort by private air-conditioned vehicle.
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Ray C wrote a review Mar 2020
32 contributions2 helpful votes
We did the full day experience and it was incredible. They picked us up from our hotel right on time and was under 2 hours to the sanctuary with a stop in the middle. The elephants had a huge open space as well as the jungle to roam freely and in a natural habitat. We fed the elephants, then walked around the jungle with them whilst we had lots of photos taken and the guide taught us about saving the elephants and told us lots of interesting facts. Then we had a superb lunch prepared by the tribe, soup then rice and vegetables and noodles with fresh fruit to finish. Then we gave the elephants a mud bath which was great fun. After chilling with the elephants a bit more we were taken back to our hotel. Was the best day and this place takes such good care of these amazing creatures with no riding or tricks.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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ilja b wrote a review Dec 2019
7 contributions2 helpful votes
I loved every second of our day at the sanctuary.. you really feel that the tribe cares for the elephants and does everything to make them feel good.. We fed the elephants, took a walk with the elephants, got a delicious lunch, bath the elephants and could just spend our whole day with the elephants.. We could ask everything about the elephants that we wanted to know so we are richer in our knowlegde and in experience! I can only recommend it! Really want to come back someday.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Okitoqy wrote a review Dec 2019
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My first time being so near to an elephant and touching it! I got a good feeling about the people here in the sanctuary. You could see that they really care for their elephants as the elephants were really calm and could freely walk around. I could ask many questions and they were all answered. We chose the full day package which included feeding, bathing and taking a walk with the elephants. We got local food for lunch and traditional clothing for the day.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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jnoah920 wrote a review Sep 2019
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My wife and I chose the full day option, and, although you can likely experience everything you need from the half day, we were able to enjoy a private excursion over the course of 8 hours with these majestic creatures. The elephants are incredibly friendly and well taken care of. You can tell from everyone that works on this reserve how much they care for the elephants and tend to their needs. The day started with us feeding the elephants some sugar cane; then, we led them into the forest for their daily walk. From there, we walked to the river to splash around and bathe the elephants. The staff cooked us a traditional homemade Thai meal, which was delicious. After lunch, we rested for a little while before heading back down to hang around the elephants further. We showered on site, toweled off, and then said our goodbyes before being driven back to our hotel. There are 4 elephants on site and all are very kind and gentle. This sanctuary is extremely ethical and well caring. We'll never forget our experience and hope to be able to do this again one day.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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asawaribapat wrote a review Aug 2019
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We visited the Ethical Elephant Karen Tribe Sanctuary as a group of 3 friends for a half day trip. We booked our visit only 24 hours in advance. The pick-up was on time. The ride to the final destination is really fun (a bit bumpy but only because they take you to a place that is naturally good for the elephants). Once there, Sam gave us information about the elephants and then we fed them, bathed them and played with them in the water. 4 elephants were out that day. Throughout, the people at the sanctuary were very friendly, informative and caring. The facility itself is built in a way that is least intrusive to the nature in the area. The lunch served is hot, clean and simple. Vegetarian option was available. Sam knows a lot about elephants. He is very open to sharing stories and welcomes questions throughout the trip. 2 of us had our birthdays that day and it came up in our conversations. Sam got us a pinapple cut cake as a surprise. We really appreciated it and it has to be one of our memorable birthdays to date. Overall, its a very authentic experience. It is very clear that this place runs for the elephants and not for tourists. So if you are looking for a real, authentic experience - I would not hesitate one bit to recommend this place.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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