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Elephants At Home

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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About Elephants At Home
An innovative way to enjoy an up-close experience with these beautiful creatures, aimed at improving the living conditions of domestic Asian Elephants by providing economic sustainability for their ‘owners’ through responsible tourism. No hooks, no chains, no heavy seats, no cruelty. Untethered, allowed to roam free - At Home!
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danbaird24 wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
3 of us spent a great full day with 4 elephants, magical experience! we hiked up the waterfall with the elephants, played with them. We feed them sugarcane, mud & wash the elephants. we walked through a field and saw many buffalo's. nice full day at Elephants at home.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Charllade wrote a review Feb 2020
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I would 110% recommend Elephants at Home! Myself and my partner spent a day here at the beginning of February and I was amazed at how well they treat the elephants. If you want elephant riding and elephant shows this is NOT the place for you! The mahouts here take exceptional care of their elephants. There are no chains, no hooks, no riding and absolutely no pens. The elephants are free to wonder as they please. You’re on their schedule for the day, not yours! Our mahout for the day was so lovely, and he is the owner of the elephants. He told us everything about them and you can really see how passionate he is. It’s a wonderful experience to be so up close and personal with these amazing animals. They also have a photographer who will take hundreds of photos of you throughout the day. Make sure you bring a memory stick so you can take them all home with you! Please try to support ethical elephant sanctuaries like this one. Thank you for one of the best experiences ever.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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WalleyK wrote a review Feb 2020
Cape Cod Massachusetts63 contributions110 helpful votes
We were the guests of the Karen (pronounced car’-un) Hill Tribesman who live in a Thai national park and serve as guardians of the Asian wild elephants that are slowly populating the area. They run a modest enterprise called “Elephant at Home”. Getting there was an adventure in itself as we drove through small villages and climbed steep mountain roads filled with hairpin turns. The roads transitioned from paved to dirt then to washed out and rutted with streams being crossed via rickety bamboo ”bridges”. Our final destination was a dusty compound comprised of an open sided hut with a roof made of banana leaves stitched together with cane laces. A single outhouse stood nearby. To our amazement (and relief!), it was equipped with a modern flush toilet. A short distance away a second open sided structure served as the education center for guests. Occupying the middle of the open space were two large elephants and a smaller, younger female munching fresh greens. It’s worth noting that there are a variety of elephant experiences scattered across Southeast Asia catering to tourists. Some are committed to the welfare of the animals while others are just cashing in at their expense. “Elephants at Home” is highly regarded for its work with these wild creatures and the real affection and respect these tribesman demonstrate towards them is both touching and remarkable. Our day was spent getting to know and feed the elephants, then walking with them for a mile up into the jungle until we came to a pool fed by a waterfall. Lunch had been laid out for us on banana leaf mats in a raised shelter. After we ate, our large friends greedily gobbled up whatever we hadn’t eaten. One stepped up to our platform and stuck his head in the door. We fed him from buckets of fruit and leaves but when it wasn’t fast enough for his liking, he snatched the whole bucket out of our hands. An elephant’s trunk is both strong and dexterous! Throughout the day we were reminded again and again that these are wild creatures who have formed a symbiotic relationship with the tribesmen. Their human friends feed them well and strive to give them a balanced diet. This inclines the elephants to stay close most of the time, seduced by the good chow but they very much have a mind of their own, refusing to budge when they don’t wish to and running off into the jungle when the urge comes upon them. One elephant lagged behind on our trip to the waterfall, refusing to be rushed but then came charging down the path forcing Jim and an older tribes woman to fall off the trail and take a seat in the bushes to avoid being trampled. All in all, a remarkable experience which I Highlt recommend.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jake S wrote a review Feb 2020
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What an amazing day with some incredible people and of course some amazing and incredibly patient, loving elephants! We had a great day from start to finish, we chose this place because of it’s ethical practices and you can see the love the mahouts have for the elephants! they live freely in the surrounding jungle and came along at their own pace stopping for elephant snacks along the walks and the lunch under the waterfall was the icing on the cake! Thank you for a once in a lifetime experience with these beautiful creatures!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Shabnam A wrote a review Jan 2020
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This was a great experience for us! Even though we contacted them Late for going they managed to get us in and we were very happy about that. They picked us up in a car for just the two of us and drove us out to the jungle, they were super attentive to explain everything well and ensure each person got lots of one on one time with each elephant and they even took our photos and gave them to us :) defiantly recommended
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Date of experience: January 2020
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