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Elephant Home - Day Tours

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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About Elephant Home - Day Tours
You can join us the Eco-Tourism Elephants Conservation Project for new experience of being with elephant like a mahout. Feed elephant, Bathe Elephant, Ride Elephant on bare back and observation Elephant closely in their own environment.
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Kieran S wrote a review Feb 2019
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A brilliant and eye opening experience and a must see as a Westerner who wants to come to Asia to experience the true culture and lifestyle behind elephants. Our guide picked us up from our hostel in his car, spoke good English, was very informative on the subject and was a great laugh. We got free Pad Thai for lunch and he waited for us to finish at the Grand Canyon Waterpark before taking us home again. 100% would go again.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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LJM283 wrote a review Jul 2016
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam20 contributions10 helpful votes
We saw these animals being ridden up and down the hills carrying multiple people in the heat. If you love elephants, this isn't the place for you.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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JeniferToby wrote a review Jan 2016
Los Angeles, California4 contributions
Ok so like most people I had a huge issue "riding elephants" in the chair. Aside from serious health reasons, the mahout (elephant trainer) that trains elephants to keep the chair on their back is for the most part inhumane. This was a huge compromise between my boyfriend and I who desperately wanted to "ride" an elephant. We choose Elephant home for many reasons but a main reason was they are one of the most human elephant sanctuaries that allow close encounter "mahout" style riding. We started the day off with basic elephant training and feeding the elephants with bananas and sugarcane. We had to change to mahout style clothing that was made of denim so when we ride bareback, the elephant hair wouldn't get too touch against our skin. I was lucky to get "Jumper" -- he was an excellent companion. I guess the most humane away would to just completely stay away from riding one of these gentle giants but not once during my experience here did I felt any of the trainers maltreated any of the elephants. During our trip, we went down to the river to bath our elephant and mine completely submerge me into the water and instead bath me. He used his trunk and splashed water at me, it was really fun. I completely forgot I was swimming in a river with poop and elephant Pee. :p The mahouts all have the hook just in case the elephant gets out of control, but not once did I see any of them used it. Instead I had watch the mahout and their one on one interaction with the elephants and I see a really special bond. (In case you have issues with the hook as I did) In short, the half day program was enough for me and the interaction with the elephants. Next trip, I will visit the elephant nursery. They have a couple baby elephants that's only a couple months old. 🐘💕 ***they take photos of you during the whole experience and included in the fee but I wish instead of a dvd, they should offer USB for the pictures***
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Date of experience: January 2016
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Mary R wrote a review Nov 2015
Geneva, Switzerland15 contributions10 helpful votes
Away from the paining elephants, which we really wanted to avoid, Khiri Travel recommended Elephant Home because of the way they treat their elephants. The day spent with Elephant Home was simply like a dream. We rode our elephants for 1h to a mud place where we had lunch before massaging our elephants. Then we rode our elephants to the river, where we washed them and played with them like kids. I truly recommend such an experience - book in advance! Of note, they come and pick you up at your hotel in the morning and they are on time.
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Date of experience: November 2015
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LizBFleet wrote a review Oct 2014
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I fell over twice on the way round the paddy fields to get to the elephants, so make sure you wear suitable clothes, although a change of trousers and top is offered on arrival at sanctuary.
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Date of experience: September 2014
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