Elephant​ Jungle​ Paradise​ Park

Elephant​ Jungle​ Paradise​ Park

Elephant​ Jungle​ Paradise​ Park
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Elephant Jungle Paradise Park offers visitors the chance to support an ethical, cruelty-free organisation while interacting with these amazing animals in their natural habitat. Trek through the jungle to find small groups of gentle elephants as they roam free in their beautiful surroundings. The full day tour option offers you the intimate experiences of feeding and bathing elephants, as well as assisting in the creation of organic herbal medicine to improve their health. Our professional tour guides encourage you to learn the history, habits, and language of the elephants, and interact with them in a personal and loving way. Lucky guests may even experience an elephant returning their affection in the form of a hug or kiss with their trunk! Help apply a muddy elephant cosmetic treatment, and join them for a swim in a river fed by an idyllic waterfall to finish off a magical day spent in an untouched natural environment.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Clairebear2020
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
We had a great half day trip visiting this sanctuary which is up in the hills and is remote... approx 1hr 45 min drive from chiang mai centre.
The 5 elephants were amazing, especially the baby elephant who was very playful.
We fed the elephants, covered them in mud and then helped to wash it off.
Orio was the guide and was lovely and spoke enough English for us to get along.
The elephants were walking around free and appeared relaxed amongst everyone, no canes or force used.
The lunch/snack was a lovely addition - basic vegetarian stirfry.
This is a remote and basic sanctuary, not a large scale operation - however this helped to make it more authentic.
Written March 9, 2020
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Joceline B
3 contributions
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Oct 2015 • Couples
Went to this park yesterday. Had such a great day! We got picked up at 8am and rode with 4 other people to the camp in the back of a pickup truck. After a ride less then 2 hour's (the last 30 minutes was a very bumpy ride, but fun!) we arrived at the camp. There we got some lone clothes and information about the elephants, very interesting! We walked up hill to meet the fist 3 elephants. We fed them and were allowed to touched them. So special to do be so close with these large animals! After this we went to two other elephants to do the same thing. Then it was lunch time for us. We sat down at the waterfall where the camp is and had great food! Beautiful spot to eat! When lunch was finished we made some elephant medicine (it's for extra energy and fat storage capacity). You can help making the medicine if you like. Then it was time for the mud bath! Prepare for some dirty mud! But you could really see the joy it brings to the elephants and the people! One of the elephants didn't really feel like it that day. The trainers let him go back if he wanted, so that was a good thing to see! They didn't get pushed to have a bad if they didn't want to. After the mud bath we went back to the waterfall to get clean. The elephants seem to really enjoy this one to! The total experience of this day was so great! You can really relax in between the activities and de guides are really friendly and funny. The elephants are really treated well and they seem to truly enjoyed it. They take only 1 group a day so the elephants have a day routine and do not have to go in and out of the mud bath for 4 times a day. I really recommend this trip to everyone! So special to see these animals and be able to touch them and play with them!
Written October 22, 2015
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AurianeLB
Rennes, France20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
I loved the tour with elephant jungle paradise park, it was such a fun day feeding and bathing with the elephants!
The day starts with a jeep trip to the elephant sanctuary, followed by a feeding of 4 elephants: 2 adults, one grandma elephant, and one very playful baby! We could touch them and play with them, and no riding was involved, as the training is harmful to elephants. We then ate a delicious lunch by the waterfall, and prepared medicine balls for the elephants. After that, we bathed in mud with the animals, and walked to the waterfall to wash off with them.
I had a great time, and was happy to see that this company treats its animals respectfully, and that they were free to happily roam in the jungle.
Written September 25, 2015
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E L Tester
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Jan 2020
We were disappointed with our trip to EJPP. But I want to make it clear that our criticism has nothing to do with animal welfare – from what we could see, the animals were happy and well cared for. It was the overall experience that left something to be desired. The 90-minute drive in an open truck was not fun – it was before sunrise in winter, and we were freezing. The last 7 km were particularly awful, along a rutted dirt track, being bounced around like popcorn. Maybe some people enjoy that kind of thing; for me, it ruined the trip. I’d have appreciated a moment to sit quietly and recover when we arrived; some tours offer a welcome drink, but all we had at EJPP were filthy toilets and basic changing rooms (to change into our togs). We were given a short spiel about elephants, then we got to meet them, and feed them some cobs of corn. Later we plastered them with mud, and followed them down to a waterfall where, let’s face it, they washed themselves pretty efficiently without our help, though we were given buckets to throw water at them. During these activities the staff barely spoke to us; I guess they didn’t have much English, but the least they could have done was learn our names for when they needed to get our attention. They addressed our two sons as ‘boy’, which got on my nerves.

Elephants are amazing creatures and it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to meet them and interact with them. I am pleased I got to do that, but frankly there are dozens of elephant parks around Chiang Mai, and many of them (though not all) have high ethical standards and do not offer rides. Do yourself a favour and find one where the humans are as friendly and engaging as the elephants.
Written February 8, 2020
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Rob S
Bristol, UK15 contributions
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Feb 2016 • Couples
I am a big believer in investing and supporting the protection and conservation of animals but feel I made the wrong decision by visiting elephant paradise park.
While the park prides itself on a 'no riding' motto and rescuing 'trained elephants', it became more clear throughout the day that they had used these terms to exploit a hole in the market for travellers seeking proper conservation sanctuaries for elephants - in other words having a no riding policy has become more about making money than protecting the animal.
While machete had some level of enthusiasm about the elephants his helpers were far from interested in what the cause was for. As each hour passed we became increasingly uneasy.
Elephants were not allowed to roam freely despite being unchained, plastic and even a lighter were left lying around where elephants were feeding, which we disposed of immediately (what sanctuary allows this). Even one of the workers carried a slingshot in his back pocket. When asked why, we were met with the simple answer of 'to play with'. The elephants were even used to do tricks on command such as kissing or to make noises. This wasn't what we had signed up for.
The general demeanour of the workers made most of our group feel that something wasn't quite right and question the treatment of the elephants when out of sight of the tourists.
The final straw occurred as we made our way back to the waterfall. The elephants clearly felt uneasy about this and huddled around the young elephant to ward off the workers. As the workers used scare tactics and shouting to get them to move, we had had enough and demanded they stop and to leave them alone.
Within minutes of them leaving the elephants appeared a lot more relaxed and even approached us. While there are worse places this still didn't meet expectations of what animal conservation should be.
Please research and make sure you choose the right place carefully because once one thing was questioned other things became apparent and more people in the group became aware of the issues. While seeing elephants can be an exciting prospect please take off those rose-tinted glasses and be wary of everything that is going on.
Written February 24, 2016
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Danielle F
Bristol, UK4 contributions
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Feb 2016 • Couples
I do not understand how this horrible place has 5 star reviews. All of these people are clearly blind to what's going on!

This place was far from a 'sanctuary' . As soon as I arrived and was told that the elephants were chained at night time, I wanted to leave. As the day went on, I saw elephants who were scared of their 'carers' and were told to kiss visitors on the cheek (because that's clearly normal). I was told blatant lies, and saw an organisation that only cared about money. The carers did not show any love or care to the elephants, they looked bored, suspicious and were on their phones. One of them even had a sling shot in his pocket!? When I confronted him, he looked uncomfortable, turned around and ignored me. It makes you question what goes on behind closed doors.
It's also suspicious that you do not walk with the elephants, they are conveniently placed when you arrive to each point. When we left the 2 older elephants, I heard distress noises and my anger inside was brewing.

When at the water hole, one if the elephants was made to get in and play, when he didn't want too. The only one who was was happy was the 2 year old baby elephant, and that's because he does not understand what's going on. When asked to go to the waterfall, the mother and father of the baby got very stressed out and protective when they were shouted at too move.

This is when I lost my mind. I full on had ago at the owners and carers and called them a disgrace. I was shaking, crying, and voicing my opinions. I told them to leave the elephants alone and let them stay. All the men walked away in shock and left us with the elephants. I then saw a side to them that I hadn't seen, they were relaxed, eating, and even following us, as they knew we wouldn't hurt them. This is clearly a sign that nothing good goes on when you leave.

I'm so happy I spoke out, as a few other people in my group were thinking the same thing. I cannot believe this place calls itself a safe refugee for mistreated elephants.
If you come to Northern Thailand, do not go on any elephant trip, unless it is at the respected Elephant Nature Park. This is where I originally wanted to go, but it was unfortunately sold out for a few weeks. It's a shame that animal tourism has become such a huge subject and money making scheme in Thailand.

If you come here and find this place a happy environment, then you are a moron.
Written February 24, 2016
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Silviu S
Brasov, Romania7 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Friends
We were a group of 3 people between 30 yrs and 35 yrs. We all support the protection and conservation of animals, that's the reason we went for Elephant Jungle Paradise Park after seeing very good reviews on TripAdvisor (> 4.5). Oh what a huge mistake we made...

Please keep in mind that I usually leave review only in extreme cases: very good and/or very bad.

1st problem:
- we got picked up form the hotel and we had to wait approx 30 min because some other of their clients on our trip did not show up. All good. We then had to do a 20min detour to pick up a Chinese client for a hotel outside Chiang Mai. He told us we are late for the tour so he drove his tuk-tuk like a maniac, while we were in the back. On the highway 100km/h and in the windy road he was screeching his tires in curves. We then arrived to a mud road where I hit my head on top from the bumps and speed ... that's when couldn't take it anymore so we forced him to stop. Anyway, we finally got there, full of dust and adrenaline.

2nd problem:
- we have it on camera how people taking care of the elephants are hitting with full force the elephants in the calf (with their fists and knees). The elephants just wanted to stay longer in the water or play. This is not what we signed up for. Some of the elephants were clearly scared of their care-taker. This was the moment when I started to feel ripped-off and the whole thing is more like a scam rather than a sanctuary.

3rd problem
- the comments of the guide to my two female friends were making them very uncomfortable: "bikini time", multiple times ... or "clothes off", when we were supposed to go wash the elephants.

4th problem:
- coming back from the park. He was still driving like a lunatic once he got to asphalt road... remember we are in a tuk-tuk with no seatbelts or.. windows. On top of that, this happened in the middle of Songkran and he made sure to stop at every group that was throwing water. This gets old fast, especially, that he was accelerating to high speed, we would all be cold from being wet !!!! Of course, he was inside the cabin, all protected.

5th problem:
- when we arrived to the city he told us that he CANNOT drop us to our hotel due to traffic and it is easier to walk. I had internet, so a quick check showed 35 min of walk, or 14 min of drive... I had to convince him to take us to our hotel, since it is much faster. He finally accepted, but he still dropped us one street before. Btw, it took 12 mins. Let me remind you that we paid for service with pick-up and drop-off.

Overall, big disappointment and I would not recommend it to anyone.
Written May 8, 2018
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Oslo, Norway12 contributions
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Nov 2016 • Couples
It's with a sad heart I'm writing this review. We went here after reading all the Excellent reviews, thinking we had found somewhere that were treating the elephants well and yet not booked out a month in advance like Elephant Nature Park. The only Terrible reviews we saw was written in February 2016, and now it's November with only Excellent/Very Good reviews in between. I assumed they had changed, perhaps fired the staff who was bad with them.

Unfortunately it quickly became clear that they control the elephants through pain and intimidation.

When we arrived we walked up a hill where the elephants were lined up behind a log. It was mesmerizing to be so close to such large and gentle creatures! I believe that's why there are not more bad reviews.

Only after maybe ten minutes did I notice a bullhook mark on one of the older elephants. "Oh, poor guy," I thought, "scars from a previous life!" I brushed it gently and to my surprise it started to disappear. That's when my eyes were opened. The marks were fresh! They were written in the dried mud on their skin, so they must have been made since the last time they had a bath (yesterday).

I then saw dried blood from a hook mark on the back of the baby elephant. I started taking photos of all this, so you can judge the evidence for yourself.

The baby had many hook marks on its face, and this is typical elephant training. They use the bullhook on the face because it's so sensitive.

"The bullhook is traditionally used on sensitive areas of the body. For example, a bullhook may be used behind the ears where the skin is paper thin, around the eyes where the skin is also very thin, and on the feet, trunk and around the mouth which are highly enervated. These areas are all extremely sensitive to the touch."
(Source: elephantvoices.org)

Please see my photo of the baby's face, full of bullhook marks. The baby elephant was the only elephant that seemed truly happy, but with such treatment I wonder how long it will last.

Moreover, the male elephant with the long tusks had recently been ridden. It had symmetric spots of wear on its shoulders (completely free of dust, so very recent), and it was clear from the dust that someone had been sitting on it. It's a little hard to see in the photo, but it was very obvious when we were there. It also had hook marks on its ears, face and body.

The old elephant had a hook mark between its eyes.

Later, after the mud bath, one of the handlers were pulling the baby by the ear because he didn't move quickly enough. I have this on video. We were generally not allowed to walk with the elephants.

Good parts: It's really nice to be with the elephants, as you can tell from the rest of the Excellent reviews. Perhaps they're even treated better than at some other camps where they don't even try to hide it. The waterfall is beautiful, the lunch was great. The car rides were terrible, like everyone says.
Written November 18, 2016
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Hello, I have been asked to respond by Tirachai because I am a native English speaker and have just spent a week volunteering at Elephant Jungle Paradise Park. I previously spent a week volunteering at Elephant Nature Park with Lek Chailert and although I am nowhere near an expert, I can assure you that the marks on the elephants you saw were absolutely 100% NOT caused by the kor or bullhook. I have seen myself that the scratches which as you wrote yourself disappeared when brushed, are caused by the elephants (who are free to roam in the forest from 6:30am every day) being scraped by sharp branches as they forage for the best leaves and vines to eat. The deeper scratch you photographed on the baby is certainly not there now - I have a good video of the baby proving this, which I'll try and post on Facebook because Tripadvisor doesn't allow it. The deeper scratch would have been caused by the baby getting caught on either a very sharp thorn in the jungle (yes, this certainly happens) or on some barbed-wire fencing on neighbouring land which is put up to prevent animals getting to tasty bananas and vegetables. Obviously the elephants try and eat all the good stuff too and are very persistent trying to break through fences! There ARE still many riding camps in Thailand but no-one rides elephants in this particular valley and Elephant Nature Park which first initiated the change in tourism to treat elephants much better has a camp directly adjacent, a 10 minute walk away. The closest riding camp I believe is over 20km away and it is extremely unlikely they would have transported the elephant there for that purpose. For the first 2 days, like you I was also concerned, worried and suspicious about whether the elephants were being secretly handled with aggression when people weren't looking. I have also seen videos showing horrific treatment of elephants and at first I thought maybe they were hiding things from me but after a week of spending most of the time with the Ele's I can assure you I saw no abuse whatsoever and I 100% believe you absolutely went to the right elephant sanctuary that treats them with respect. If you still have any doubts I'd really appreciate it if you contacted me on my personal email alexromanin@gmail.com because it's not nice to be left with a feeling that you've been a party to mistreatment of endangered animals and I'd like to discuss further if you need more proof or reassurance the Ele's aren't being mistreated.
Written December 5, 2016
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Abs987
London, UK17 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Friends
After seeing such amazing reviews of this sanctuary we thought we had made the right choice when choosing an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, however we ended up having a horrible, uncomfortable day. The day started with us being picked by Sapat. He was very friendly and we chatted to him easily. Only a few minutes into the 2 hour drive to the sanctuary he kept patting my friend’s hand who was sitting in the front seat. It seemed friendly enough, but then he moved to resting his hand on her bare leg every few minutes for the rest of the journey. He seemed nice enough so we just laughed it off, thinking that he was over friendly. When we got to the park, we started to feed the elephants. We realised that we (myself and my friend) were the only people doing the full day, so it was just us, Sapat and several other men who didn't seem to speak English, but must have been elephant carers. This meant we had the company of 5 elephants to ourselves which we really loved. We spent about 30 minutes feeding them.
However, this is when Sapat started to make us feel uncomfortable. (Please bear in mind, we are two girls in our early twenties, so we felt quite vulnerable to the advances of Supat). He was grabbing us to be in photos, pressing himself against me. He insisted on having his arm wrapped tightly around us, despite how we tried to wiggle away. We then left the elephants and went to have lunch. Along the way Sapat told us that if we got tired of walking that we could “ride him”. The lunch we were provided was nice, however, each time we asked what we were doing next Sapat kept telling us to rest and take our time, although we sat bored for two solid hours while he went inside and had a nap. Our next task was to make medicine balls for the elephants which was interesting. We then went to give the elephant a mud bath, and to make matters worse, Sapat then stripped down to his underpants. We were trying to enjoy our time with the elephant, but despite being clearly uncomfortable Sapat kept smearing mud all over us. He also made the elephant spray the muddy water directly in my friends face despite the fact she was wearing glasses, and the grit from the water has now scratched her glasses lenses. This lasted about 10 minutes. We then went back to the waterfall to wash the elephant which again lasted about 10 minutes, whilst Sapat repeatedly threw the cold water over our heads despite us telling him not to. The next 5 minutes was spent feeding the elephants the medicine balls, this would have also made some really lovely pictures if there wasn't an almost naked Supat in all of them. Finally it was time for us to wash off in the waterfall. Sapat took the soap and actually went to WASH my friend before she quickly shooed him away. It was another uncomfortable journey back, with Sapat making inappropriate comments, he told us he would massage us if we were feeling tired, and as I was sat in the front seat he kept touching me on the arm, hand and leg. He then made us add him on Facebook on his phone so that we had no choice, and asked if he could take us out that night. We spent the entire day 2 hours away from any sort of civilisation, with only Sapat who made us feel incredibly uncomfortable and made inappropriate, sexually suggestive comments the entire day. We felt our only choice was to go along with it because we were too scared not too. We would also like to add that when we looked at his personal Facebook he has multiple pictures of guests from the park in swimming gear, including photos that he does not even feature in.
In summary this was a disappointing day, we spent the whole day feeling scared and at the end of it spent less than an hour with the elephants. We realised when we passed the half day group on the way out that they had not bothered with us as there was only two of us on the full day, and many people on the half day. If there was a larger group with us I’m sure this day would have just been funny, however as two girls alone with Sapat all day, it made for a horrible experience. The one saving grace is that it is clear the elephants are treated well, so at least our money did not contribute to an abusive elephant park.
Written August 7, 2017
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Thank you for your feedback.We are sorry for making you feel uncomfortable and hard for during the trip.You comment is a good feedback for us to improve our situation in elephant camp.For our tourist guide (sapat) We give warning and stop him to work 2 weeks and cut salary 30% in order to improve himself. Anyway,Thank you for comment and which help us a lot to improve it. Best regards Mr.Tirachai premcheun Owner
Written August 11, 2017
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Hana C
Seattle, WA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
This was literally my highlight in Chiang Mai. Scenic ride to the village, were given mahout shirts to play with the elephants after a short talk over who the elephants were and how they came to be in the rescue. We then went on a small trek and met two separate groups of elephants where we fed them bananas and sugar cane. They fed us heaping portions of Thai buffet lunch with ample amounts of watermelon and pineapple right next to a very scenic waterfall. Went and had a mud bath with the elephants, as well as washing them (and ourselves) off at the waterfall. Gorgeous experience, would recommend (and do again) in a heartbeat.
Written July 23, 2015
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