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Dumbo Elephant Spa

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Mrs. Perez wrote a review Jun 2020
Lehigh Acres, Florida110 contributions27 helpful votes
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By far one of our most cherished moments from Thailand. We chose this elephant sancturay because of the reviews but most importantly because of how well they cared for the elephants. These elephants were happy well fed and had an incredible bond with their care takers. We did a full day tour which was well worth it because nothing was rushed nor planned. We did what the elephants wanted to do. The care taker gave us a lesson on the different types of elephants and where they originated from as well a background story of the family. Before we beganed feeding the elephants they explain to you that it is not promised that the elephants will go into the river, it is only if they wanted to. The lunch that they provided was by far one of my favorites we ate seconds and third portions!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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HawaiiSusie wrote a review Mar 2020
6 contributions5 helpful votes
Amazing day with these elephants. We search and searched for the best tour. We wanted to see the elephants free roaming around with no restriction concrete areas. This by far was an amazing experience. as we can see the animals being really happy. This is actually a sanctuary for them they were rescued from carrying and working part of their lives. Excellent place to learn about their existence and helping them live freely. LOVE IT! They were gentle giants who made us laugh non stop. Absolutely recommend this place
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Date of experience: February 2020
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The Roaming Renegades wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia453 contributions177 helpful votes
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This is actually the second of these elephant sanctuaries we've done, the last being 3 years ago at Elephant Jungle sanctuary. Overall I would say that experience was better. Overall it was a good experience but it did seem a little less professional and a little more like a few guys in the jungle with elephants than a proper organised place, but maybe that's just because it was smaller. They had less elephants too. We ended up paying for a half day but doing a full day as there were no half groups so it's hard to complain for the price. However I do think if we had just done half a day for that price I would have felt a little rushed and wouldn't have had as much time with the elephants just feeding and hanging out with them and to take photos. But with the full day later on after the spa you can just go back down and play with them which is nice and less crowded as people aren't as excited then! However I think if we had paid for the full day price we would also feel a little like the day was shorter than two of the half days as it starts later and finishes mid afternoon. Granted I am not sure what else we could have done and you do get a little bored I guess after a while. But some of the others I've seen do a trek or village tour in the afternoon too. There was a very short walk on this tour which wasn't a trek and wasn't that great either. Overall initially when we met the elephants it seemed a little frantic as everyone was excited and there are only 4 of them and it was hard to get pictures and time with them. But later in the afternoon it was more chilled when people were just sat around to go down and take photos etc. But on the one we did 3 years ago we just did half a day and felt we had more time in the morning and they were roaming a bit freer rather than behind the feeding fence. I think if we only had the morning/ half day and same amount of time I would be disappointed. The little walk we did into the bush was ok and nice to see them in a more natural environment but they just walked fast ahead of us so it was hard to really see them properly. Spa and waterfall was fun and there are good facilities to clean off after. Food was really good (lots of it too) and all veggie with free water whenever you wanted it too. In the end you had enough time to get changed, eat, take photos etc. Staff were friendly but the little talk we had before interacting wasn't all that informative compared to the chat at the Elephant Jungle sanctuary and they seemed to be more concerned about telling us why it's ok to chain the elephants if they are sick or giving birth. I can't say as I'm not an expert whether that is right or not but it seems a bit strange that they would tell us that rather than explaining for example why it's bad to ride them like the other place did.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Ivan D wrote a review Feb 2020
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Overall great experience. It ticked all the boxes for us, namely: 1. great location deep in the jungle. The driver drove carefully and responsibly. 2. Friendly staff, talked to them about a lot of topics other than elephants and they contributed greatly to the experience. 3. Elephants live in a natural habitat and get plenty of care. 4. Got a nice local meal and saw an authentic view of the rural life in Thailand. The place is run by the local community, which means people don't view this as business. 5/5 without a doubt.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Thomas N wrote a review Feb 2020
Them, Denmark20 contributions10 helpful votes
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There are so many sanctuaries to choose from in the area around Chiang Mai but were really happy that we choose Dumbo Elephant Spa. The trip really starts when you hit the last bit of the road up to the Camp - lets' just say the roads are.. exciting! Once we got there it was just a very good experience interacting with the elephants. I really don't have anything negative to say about the experience as such - but I did note that the day we visited there had already been one tour with the elephants and when we left another one arrived - which means that the elephants has to interact with a lot of people.. I have seen other camps advertising only one tour a day but again it's not something that spoiled our experience as such.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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