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Elephantstay

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Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour
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Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour

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A historic capital first built in the 14th century, Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must for many. Say goodbye to long, stressful bus journeys on this convenient small-group guided tour. See Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, the summer home of Thai kings, explore the ruins of ancient Ayutthaya, and opt to visit the Ayothaya Floating Market & Elephant Village. All entrance fees are at your own expense.
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Chris K wrote a review Apr 2021
3 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed at this wonderful elephant village for two nights and three days. The Eva, Lexi, the mahouts and overall staff were incredible. We had a detailed immersion experience into the cultural and societal aspects of the role elephants play in Thailand. Elephantstay gave us an opportunity to learn about the welfare of elephants and what is required to care for them on a daily basis. The facilities are well maintained and staffed with professionals who dedicate their lives to the betterment and welfare of the elephants they care for. Hearing each elephant’s unique story and observing their individual personality was sublime. Cleaning their areas, gathering their food, taking them to graze in the field, bathing in the river, riding with the mahouts were some of the highlights during our stay. Although we had one specific elephant to focus on, Rasamee, we were able to interact with multiple elephants at various ages. We particularly enjoyed our visits with one of the infant elephants, taking him to bathe and play in the river everyday. It is an experience we will never forget. We spend the evenings enjoying the company of the staff who were fountains of knowledge about elephant welfare and their significance in Thai culture. The accommodation was fantastic, comfortable, clean, and well furnished, not to mention A/C (so important!). During our stay, locals would frequent the elephant village to bring extra food resources to help the elephants. We truly enjoyed and treasure our time here with the elephants, and hope to come back for another visit soon! Kombucha!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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De B wrote a review Mar 2020
Bundaberg, Australia45 contributions15 helpful votes
My Husband and I needed a holiday, a relaxing holiday. With no hassles and stresses of finding the right train, bus, tram, the right restaurant, cafe, hotel. No worries about being at a certain place at a certain time. A REAL holiday. I knew where to go, we have been there before - Elephantstay. We arrived for our two week stay to warm welcomes from staff and elephants, and everything was warm and familiar. The accomodation has had an upgrade, but is still very basic but comfortable. A clean room with air con and wifi is all we needed. It was so good to see our elephants again, and of course the closeness you feel when riding them to the river for a swim was wonderful. Playing with the babies, getting wet and dirty, was all part of the fun. Plenty of alone time to wander around the village and pretend I'm not just another tourist in Thailand. Oh and the food was wonderful. I'm such a picky eater, but they always made sure there was plenty for me to eat. We also celebrated my husbands birthday here, and they sure knew how to make it feel extra special. I hope to return to Elephantstay one day soon.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Tom W wrote a review Feb 2020
Portland, Oregon10 contributions4 helpful votes
My wife and I did the 3 day stay and enjoyed ourselves. We learned a great deal about Asian elephants and how to care for them. We also came to understand their domesticated role in the culture of Thailand. Six people during our stay; 2 sisters there for a week; and an Aussie couple for 2 weeks. They returned after a 2 week stay 5 years ago. We watered and fed our elephants several times a day, rode them twice but not on the tourist chairs but rather on their necks with our their mahout to steady us. We learned simple control commands; walked them to a grassy area where they loved to graze and then walked to the river where we all waded and cooled off. Our elephants loved the walks and river. Every morning we mucked out their areas, and in the afternoon team cleaned 2 of our elephants with a hose and scrub brush. Elephant Stay does an exceptional of daily cleaning and care. Their breeding program is well done and we got to interact directly with a 2 month baby elephant. We can’t wait to come back.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Bev K wrote a review Feb 2020
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Jan 2020 was my second week long stay with Yitor at Elephantstay. The first was 4 years ago with my 16 yr old grandson and this time I shared it with my 12 yr old grandson who looked after Rasamee. The experience is totally unique and so rewarding. I really admire the dedication shown by all the staff not only for the elephants well being but also to the visitors. Thank you so much Michelle, Ewa, Lexi and our mahouts. I think my grandson summed it up as we were leaving saying "I really want to stay" Bev
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Belynda Z, Social Media Manager at Elephantstay
Responded Feb 5, 2020
Hi Bev Jumbo thank you for your support! We and our elephants appreciate you returning with another grandson to do our program and helping to create a sustainable future for Thai elephants. It's elephant enthusiasts like you that really make a difference to lives of Asian elephants. Thank you also for taking the time to write a review and sharing your experience with others. We look forward to seeing you for a third visit. Have an elephantastic day, every day The Elephantstay Team
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Bil C wrote a review Dec 2019
Ubud, Indonesia52 contributions5 helpful votes
“Hang on – she’s going under”! I tried to grip tighter with my knees and leaned back to keep from being thrown off, as Rosukan completely submerged her body and head so that I was up to my neck in the Pa Sak river. The warm muddy water swirled around us as Rosukan sprayed water in the air with her huge trunk and trumpeted with happiness. As she slowly surfaced and turned to the left, I could see Jazz close by on the back of Jumpee with her mahout, all three thoroughly enjoying the river bath, as large clumps of water hyacinths drifted by in the current. Bathing in the river was my favorite part of a wonderful day at Elephant Stay, an organization dedicated to the welfare of retired and non-working elephants located about 80km north of Bangkok. They currently have about 80 elephants that they have bought to provide a healthy environment to live out their lives, interacting with humans and other elephants at the Royal Elephant Krall Village.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Belynda Z, Social Media Manager at Elephantstay
Responded Feb 5, 2020
Jumbo thank you for taking the time to write your fun review and sharing your experience with others. We and our elephants, especially Rosukon and Jumpee, appreciate you and Jazz coming to do our program and helping to create a sustainable future for Thai elephants. It's elephant enthusiasts like you that really make a difference. We look forward to the day you return. Have an elephantastic day, every day The Elephantstay Team
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