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- I could honestly write an entire page on how incredible this experience was and what an absolutely fantastic place this is!
From beginning to end everything was totally flawless. Communication pre booking and anytime I emailed to clarify something, I got a response immediately. Friendly and the kindest staff at the end of a message.
The experience itself was 5*. Upon arrival, personalised and kindest greeting awaited my friend and I followed up with meeting our incredible guide for the day, Arm! (Arm 2,there's 3 with the same name!)
He was fantastic! So kind, knowledgeable, funny and most importantly, very much loved the elephants and passed that love and care onto us throughout the day.
You could not get a more up close and personalised experience with the elephants. Arm was amazing throughout! It was a totally jam packed and incredible morning and there was more to come!
Lunch was fantastic! Plentiful as there was lots leftover and delicious. Rice with chicken and veg, egg and then a pad Thai! It was absolutely delicious and even followed with some local fresh fruit.
The afternoon was even more incredible than the morning! I could not recommend this sanctuary enough. Genuine love and care for these amazing majestic animals, incredible kind hearted staff and the most unforgettable experience!!
Thank you Arm 2, thank you Poy and staff and thank you Mr Kid for opening and maintaining this amazing place. I hope to come back and visit again one day.Written August 10, 2022
- We were a bit overwhelmed with all the possible elephant sanctuary options, but decided to go with this one & we weren't disappointed. We did the whole day & it was good that it felt quite leisurely, we weren't rushed with the animals at any point & could just wander at will. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable & we felt all the staff genuinely had a love for the elephants & showed them care, rather than just trying to get them to behave in certain ways for the tourists. We really felt we got to be in amongst the elephants in their own environment & meet their needs rather than they ours. We fed them several times, made food for them & bathed with them - the last bit was our favourite part & it was good we had staff in with us who made sure a thorough job was done when we missed bits! The uniforms they provided were also a lovely touch & saved us from getting our own clothes muddy! We hadn't realised at the start but it might be helpful to know they have their own photographers that follow the group round all day which allows them to get some lovely shots which we weren't able to ourselves... It was quite pricey to buy the pictures at the end but we decided to treat ourselves with them as they were so nice & it's good to have something extra to remember it all by (plus I'm hoping the extra money helps to go towards the elephant's care)Written August 9, 2022
- Lovely grounds. Don't miss the orchid garden, which was the highlight for me. The hall dedicated to the royal family was very impressive too. Take a tip from me, though, and be patient enough to wait for the electric trolley. We walked most of the way around the park and wore ourselves out due to the heat.Written July 27, 2022
- Unfortunately heavy rain curtailed our visit to this series of waterfalls. Nevertheless, even though we could only go as far as the fifth viewpoint, it was worth the admission money. The falls were very active which wasn’t surprising given the amount of rainfall so some care had to be taken on the footpath. The first few stages are wheelchair accessible.
It’s not just the waterfall that is a very good attraction but the plants, shrubs and trees. There are many different varieties and where you have trees, there will be insects in abundance.
There is a large car park and the inevitable food stalls nearby.
Well worth visiting particularly in dry weather.Written July 14, 2022
- So we met Mr Korn on the taxi pick up from Chiang Mai International and he was very friendly and helpful. Started talking about Elephants and people who care for them. We decided to spend the day with him and I am glad we did!
We were picked up 8am from our hotel and then travelled to the Elephant care place which is about 1hr 30 away. There was no sitting in silence as Mr Korn started talking of his extensive knowledge of Elephants and explained alot of scams that other tourists get aucked in by. Upon arrival we all met the carers of the elephants and immediately met the elephants aswell as they were free to roam and join us. We fed them and then went on a 40 min trek in the jungle walking side by side.
Upon the return we the got in the water with them where they played with us, spraying water. Then we ate fresh fruit with the carers and the elephants.
We then then drove about 25mins to a nice cafe for some lunch which was lovely and then on to a waterfall trek which was absolutely phenomenal! Topped off with fresh coffee from the local plantation.
Top tips which Mr Korn will also remind you is take spare clothing and a towel and if you chose to hike to the waterfall a rain coat and good hiking shoes.
I cant recommend this enough! What a great day and thank you 😀
+66613620268 (Mr Korn)Written June 17, 2022
- This is a great park. It covers quite a good-sized area, with nice plants and fsh. A great place to relax. There is nice cafe inside it too.Written January 15, 2022
- Very very nice staff, a experience for a life time, totally reccomend. Not a lot of elephants but not a lot of people too, so you really experience some good time with them.Written June 19, 2022
- I’m generally not for Zoos but saw positive reviews and have to say it was a pleasant surprise to see sizeable habitats esp for the bigger animals. The use of moats rather than cages made viewing better. We were there while a mob of school kids visited so that added to the fun. Watching the lioness track running kids was unnerving. Not an A-list item but for those who have tired of temples a nice park-like setting. Lots of walking.Written February 27, 2022
- This was a cool place to take the kids. It had many variety of animals. It’s best to come closer to evening time around 4pm. Explore the jungle trail by walking around and seeing all the different animals. They have shows such as the Tiger show and night predator show, which was just alright. The only downfall was the Tiger show. You can clearly see how scared they were when their trainer raised their sticks at them. The best part of the Safari was the tram ride. This is where you can ride a tram and see all the animals up close. Some might even get close to the tram, it seemed nerve racking but it was safe. We got to see a giraffe peak it’s head inside the tram. It was amazing! A must place to visit while in Chiang Mai.Written July 3, 2022
- My experience with the elephant village hostel was fantastic! Mr. Ken was an amazing host and went above and beyond to provide us a hospitable and comfortable experience. The elephants here are very clearly well treated by the local village and are very happy living in the sanctuary. I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to have an ethical experience with elephants in Thailand. Mr. Ken and his family are incredible hosts and took great care of us while we were there. I can’t recommend this experience enough for anyone looking for an authentic Thai elephant encounter on their travels.Written June 28, 2022
- a nice place to visit for a few hours.
there were very few people when we visited.
A 10/15 min walk to the waterfall.
there are very clean, modern toilets here.Written January 6, 2020
- So many people complain about the treatment of elephants in Thailand. I'm wary of the methods used to train the animals. As a whole, I'm not very keen on the idea of caging/chaining wild animals, so that made me a bit uncomfortable. I went thinking it was entertainment for my family. I'm not sure if I would go again but, I can say that my children did enjoy the day & we have beautiful pics and memories. The animals looked well taken care of, they played around and did funny stuff, the place was clean and didn't have a stench. Those factors are the positive side I guess.Written January 9, 2020
- I went only because my friend wanted me to join her. Even if it's a sanctuary, you have to stop and think about the animals that are being used daily for humans egotistical ways. I was actually okay at first and was enjoying it until the end when the elephants got into the water and I saw one of the men pull on the elephants ears to get him to lay down in the water. I was done after that and was ready to go. These animals are not free and are still treated like circus animals. I think the only support is to not to go to any of these at all. The one thing I did love was the area. Al of the greenery around you was just amazing! I love natureWritten July 6, 2018
- We had the most amazing experience here today that our family will remember for a lifetime. Right from the start the correspondence with Mel was excellent and very quick. We went with the full-day private tour. Even though group sizes are kept very small, since we were coming with our kids ages 9 and 12, we thought this was the best option.
We were picked up from our hotel by our driver and guide, Chai, right on time. It was about 2 hours travel time and Chai was good driver and also gave us a lot of background on the way. The last part of the road into the village required an off-road trip due to rainy season which was an adventure in itself.
Right from the start you can tell that these elephants are the number 1 priority and how much their keepers care for them. The bond is amazing too see. No ropes or sharp poles are needed to guide them. I felt like we were just following along with the elephant’s day (which seems to involve a lot of eating!!). Sierra the youngest elephant was adorable and stole my kid’s hearts! Chai, our guide for the day, was so knowledgeable and he had answers to all our questions, and was great with the kids.
Since we were on the full-day option we did a longer jungle walk with the elephants to their bathing area. It was a good challenge for my kids (and me) mostly due to the mud but it wasn’t too hard and we went slowly as the elephants were leading the way. I would recommend to bring sports shoes (fully covered) that you don’t mind coating in mud in the rainy season. Bring some shoes for afterwards if you don’t want wet feet!
The shelter where we ate lunch had the most amazing waterfall view. The food was also really good and suitable for the kids with fried rice, chicken, veggies and fruit.
Our day ended with a trip to their Karen village where we had some jungle coffee and the finished with a meal before heading back to Chiang Mai city arriving at our hotel around 7pm.
I was really glad to have chosen this experience. This family are doing good here and helping to support their village and elephant happiness is their main priority. The keepers clearly respect and care for these beautiful elephants and we felt privileged to be a part of it for the day. I’m sure we will be back again next time we are in Chiang Mai. Thanks again to everyone who made this day so special for our familyWritten August 8, 2022
- Don't expect to get a real idea of the way of life of these fascinating people from this place. We did have a really good lunch made by a Hill Tribe woman and her husband, and they obliged us with a photo afterwards. I believe there is a lot more here than meets the eye, and I was simply not sure how to go about seeing it.Written June 28, 2019
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