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Thom's Pai Elephant Camp

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Up close and personal with an elephant

So, on my own motor scootering around Pai, found two elephant camps and had a chat about what was... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
Schimpf
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Shannon
Accommodation and play with elephants

I am not educated about elephants in the least, however, Thom, the owner is. My son and I booked a... read more

Reviewed May 2, 2018
Mary B
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Thom's was the first elephant camp in Thailand where visitors could ride elephants without a seat, play with them and swin together in the river. Thom grew up with her elephants, played with them as a child, and knows how much fun it is to spend the...more
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5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

This place is awesome. The elephants are really happy there, and the mahouts treat them really good! We were trekking with them, feeding and taking baths. I cant imagine a better place to go, and prices are really fair. You have lots of options. We...More

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PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

Thank you so much my lovely customer.

Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

It was so lovely and heart warming to be with the elephants and the team here is great - super charming and warm people!

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PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2018

Thank you so much.We will take care of our elephants best. We promise.

Reviewed June 24, 2018

If you want a REAL experience then read on. If your stuck in your mind set and judgements based on how some other horrific camps operate, then don’t bother <3 I had the honour of living and volunteering here back in 2013. I actually stayed...More

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Reviewed June 12, 2018

We went to see elephants, and left disgusted by Thom's Pai Elephant Camp. The animals were kept in shackles, hit with spiked sticks, and confined to cramped spaces. 10/10 would not recommend. Do not give these people your money.More

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PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2018

Your judgment without trying to find out a bit more information about my camp. You didn’t try to speak to me or to any foreign volunteers, who come to help me and stay here for couple of weeks or longer. How much time have you...More

Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

While it’s sad to see the elephants still in captivity, they are treated very well here; and if thy weren’t here then someone would have them on the street doing tricks. Tutdao and I went for a walk and a swim, and although she was...More

1  Thank tyranp2018
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Look behind the scenes! It was amazing. We did the two weeks elephant course and it was such a great experience. We stayed in one of their newest apartments which are really big and clean. If you stay their over the night you can bring...More

1  Thank 95Christina
Reviewed May 13, 2018

So, on my own motor scootering around Pai, found two elephant camps and had a chat about what was available for a single person. One on the left, looked more professional, but also wanted me to come back and join a group for a considerable...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2018

I am not educated about elephants in the least, however, Thom, the owner is. My son and I booked a stay at the sanctuary. The bungalow was nice, with air conditioning and full bath facility. We arrived by bus ( big van) in the center...More

1  Thank Mary B
Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

Let me start off by saying that I did not do my research. I only had a few days after songkran in Pai and I really wanted to go see some elephants, so I looked up the most ethical one they had. I came across...More

4  Thank Nicholas H
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2018

Your judgment without trying to find out a bit more information about my camp. You didn’t try to speak to me or to any foreign volunteers, who come to help me and stay here for couple of weeks or longer. How much time have you...More

Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

Pretty average for an elephant camp :-) And I suppose some are always willing to grumble about animal exploitation. The elephants seem happy enough though. Be prepared, riding on one is a good split for your thigh muscles. The ride is slow as the guys...More

1  Thank Chuck B
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Yoshiko T
I saw a mother elephant and a baby elephant at the entrance in a tiny space. The mother elephant was chained both front legs so close together. She was visibly stressed in a tiny space and she was constantly stamping feet in the same spot. It looks difficult for her to balance with her front feet so closely changed together. Her baby was constantly trying to put the foot outside the fence. Their pen was so small. I asked a lady at the reception and I was told that the mother elephant was chained so that she doesn't hurt the visitors in order to protect her baby. I feel so sorry for these beautiful elephants. We as tourists want to see elephants in nature NOT the ones in chained in a tiny pen! I hope you understand what tourists expect. Please leave those mother and baby elephants in your large safari without chain where they are safe and enjoy the freedom. You will have more tourists to see happy elephants.
January 15, 2018|
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Response from Yoshiko T |
Oh I am so sorry. It must be a wrong place then. I went to a place where long neck village is near floating market. There is a acirivities to have a bath with elephant too..I can't remember the name. Could you please help me... More
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Response from PaiThom | Property representative |
How you know my elephant is poor? My family we had elephant for long tome ago. we not make only money. Please just stop riding a horses in your country before you complain another people. Just think about your country. and... More
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