This experience was everything my partner and I expected, and more. We researched camps that treat elephants humanly and we were very impressed with the Ran-Tong camp. No hooks/whips/chains etc. and we rode the elephants bareback. Each elephant at the camp has a mahout - which is the care taker of the elephant. We were told that they came to the camp with their elephants and usually stay with them for life. The elephants - as far as we could tell - were well taken care of and very loved by their mahouts.
We did the half day tour and that was enough for us (we fell asleep on the way home). The bus picked us up from our hotel at 7am and it took a little over an hour to get to the camp. Clothing was provided. After we changed, we met the elephants and then off we went riding our elephants to the river! We got to bathe the elephants in the river which was an awesome experience because we got to play with all the elephants in the water. Then we rode the elephants to the top of the camp where we fed them and then we ate the lunch that was provided, which was delicious.
Overall, we had an amazing experience and it was probably one of the best experiences of my life! We HIGHLY recommend this camp because the elephants were very well treated.
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