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Thom's Pai Elephant Camp

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Thom's Pai Elephant Camp

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5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130 Thailand
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JENNY wrote a review Apr 2020
Chiang Mai, Thailand65 contributions15 helpful votes
Do the trip to the river and have someone video you going into the water as the elephant slides in. After it’s all over enjoy the hot springs tubs on the premises!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Cindy C wrote a review Mar 2020
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Nguan, Tutdao and Ot. The 3 fantastic ladies in Thom's. Each with their own characteristics. We totally enjoyed their company, achieving what we were there for. To spend time and feed them. Elephants in Thom's has their own space and are not chained. When they are led out by the handlers, there are no hooks and no hitting. One would need to go there personally to experience and see for oneself. There are quite a few different camps along the way so make sure you go to Thom's and experience the way they treat their elephants before making any conclusions. It is definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Pai!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Jimmy Meese wrote a review Mar 2020
Calgary, Canada14 contributions3 helpful votes
Before I give my review please make SPECIAL NOTE. I read trip adviser first to determine if I wanted to come here. There are a hundreds of bad reviews and was worried about the site. I read over 100 bad reviews and all are COMPLETELY INACCURATE and FALSE. I did my own research by actually visiting this place seeing the surrounding areas and taking a tour with an elephant trainer, I also talked to Thom who owns and operates this camp. The misconceptions by the majority of false reviews is due to there being another elephant camp by Thom's Elephant Camp, which is across the road. The elephant camp is called TWINS ELEPHANT CAMP. NO WAY RELATED to Thom's Elephant camp and EVERY BAD REVIEW I read took photos and makes comments about Twins Elephant camp HOWEVER they tag it to Thom's Elephant Camp, as she is the only one listed on google maps and in trip adviser. All the photos of barbwire fencing, elephants chained up and no food or water is of Twins Elephant Camp. Many bad review say they drive by and are heartbroken, however Thom and volunteers are always around outside interacting with people that stop by and answering any questions you have. EVERYONE who gives her a bad review that I read did NOT stop and talk to Thom they cowardly drove by took a photo and drove away posting bad review, which is NOT what trip adviser is about! Having said here is my review of what you can expect with Thom's Elephant Camp. We arrived on Thursday Feb 13 to check out the camp, when we arrived we talked to a volunteer who gave us bananas to feed the elephants took some photos and then went and talked to Thom who helped us book a time and date for tour 2 hour walk. Elephants are in Large corrals that are roughly 6 to 8 times larger then them so they have room to move around and have fresh water to drink. The corrals are covered by a roof so that the elephants don't over heat in the sun. On the day of our tour we arrived 30 minutes early and talked with Thom and the trainer, they unlocked the gate and the elephant lifted it up and walked out. We walked down the road and then into some brush and fields where we got to take photos with elephant and she would stop and keep trying to eat everything she could, after about 1 hour we stopped and the elephant eat for about 10 minutes before she was ready to head back to the camp and head down to the river. On the way back the elephant was getting hot so the trainer grabbed a hose from one of the houses and allowed the elephant to drink its fill and cool off. We continued to the river where we got to swim with her and she sprayed us with water. We then walked back to the camp where we feed the elephants some more. We then sat in a natural hot spring tub which was the perfect ending. AMAZING EXPERIENCE and a place you should support and visit!!!! Just on a quick note the trainers do carry a bamboo stick to help control the elephants these sticks DO NOT have any knives or hooks on them are small and would never hurt the elephant due to its thick rough hide. It's no different than a leash for a dog, or a whip and bridle for a horse. Secondly trainers do talk in a loud and harsh voice when giving commands, this is not aggressive, cruel or mean to the elephant but required in giving commands and typical of the Thai Language when spoke. Please stop, talk to Thom and take a tour then post your experience. As a traveler, we rely on accurate information and need more honest reviews and not inaccurate speculation.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Leslie Dawson wrote a review Feb 2020
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We visited Thoms elephant camp in February 2020 and paid to spend three hours with two of her three elephants. We walked with them into an open field up behind her house, where we watched them feed in a cut cornfield. Later we walked them down to the river and went into the river with them while they bathed. Thom inherited two of the elephants from her grandfather. The third is a 50 year old rescue who is blind in her right eve and couldn’t work on a rubber plantation any more and was going to be put down. All three elephants were born in captivity. Thoms house is on the side of the road on the way to Pai and during the day when they are working they are in pens there. They are not chained. We never saw the mahouts use a hook, all of their commands were verbal. Working keeps these intelligent animals active and engaged. For those visitors who are concerned with the elephants being penned, consider other domesticated animals many cats are never let outside. We don’t let horses or dogs roam free, and we certainly couldn’t let elephants go free. Not all elephants get along, they prefer living only with family groups, so elephant sanctuaries don’t really work for this species. Paying to walk with the elephants helps Thom to pay for their food and veterinary care, and for the care of their mahout. In my opinion the elephants were well fed and cared for. We had a great time with Thoms elephants and enjoyed a soak in her hot tubs at the end of our swim.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Grace C wrote a review Feb 2020
6 contributions2 helpful votes
We saw these elephants whilst passing in Pai, a man with a sharp hook and stick was guiding them and shouting at them. I dread to think what they have done to them to break them in. The elephants looked incredibly sad. Tourists walking beside the elephants, this is not natural for elephants. So incredibly sad to see this is still happening to the poor elephants. Please do not support this place. God help these elephants.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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