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“The best memory of Thailand”

Elephant Nature Park
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Elephant Nature Park, a unique conservation project set in Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand has been in operation since in the 1990's with a goal to provide a sanctuary and elephant rescue center. We have been involved in dozens of rescues and sustain a natural home for this endangered species. Mission: To protect and conserve elephants in a natural environment and to provide a healthy and fruitful life for all those creatures under our care
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed December 4, 2012

amazing. We were so touched by the chance to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures, very educational. Everyone should be made to watch the video even though it is confronting. Lek Chaillert is to be commended for her dedication to saving these magnificent elephants

Thank Anne G
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

I am so glad I had a chance to stop by ENP when I was in Chiang Mai. Lek is doing amazing things trying to provide a safe haven for these abused and tortured elephants.

Thank NeverEverWong
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

amazing in every way. great staff, organisation, principles and overall excellence. "LEK" the lady responsible for this sanctuary to be there is a true animal right's warrior. there are also hundreds of rescued dogs, cats and a bunch of buffalos. the land is gorgeous and the many programs that are offered are highly educational and fun. I WILL DEF GO BACK!

Thank Lusdy
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

We visited the Elephant Nature Park in November 2012 on our honeymoon and it was without doubt one of our top two highlights in an action packed 3 weeks holiday.

It's amazing what Lek and her team is doing here and they deserve all the credit they are given. We will never forget the amazing day we had here.

You don't get to ride an elephant or watch it doing tricks but you get to see rescued elephants in their natural habitat, up close and personal, plus you get an education as to the reality for most elephants in Thailand.

The elephants are so large yet so gentle and fun to be around. We loved putting the food right in their mouth and petting and talking to them, then watching as they flap their ears (a sign of contentment).

Washing and soaking the elephants in the river was a fun highlight for us as was getting to see the baby elephant Naavan and the naughty elephant called Hope - what a character!

The whole day is a great experience and great value for money, plus lunch here, provided as part of the day, was delicious.

Elephants are amazing creatures and Lek is such an amazing person for what she is doing here. We hope to get back to volunteer for a week at the nature park sometime in the future.

Tips for the day: Bring some high deet mosquito repellent - some of the people on the tour got nasty bites on the day.

2  Thank MrLoughran
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

This refuge is truly deserving of more than 5 stars. A highlight of our trip to Thailand, we encourage you to take a day and visit this little piece of heaven on earth for the elephants that have been mishandled (and tortured) for the benefit of 'tourism.' I know, we are tourists ourselves, but here we are educated about their abuse, we see these beautiful creatures in a natural environment, we feed them, we bathe them and we know all our entry fee money is going directly to their cause. Lek is an amazing Thai woman who had a vision - to preserve what is left of a dying population of elephants in Thailand (and other parts of the world) by bringing awareness to humankind of the cruelty associated with the 'training' of these animals for our pleasure and filling the pockets of their owners. You will leave here uplifted and in awe of this experience. So much more can be said, but just GO! Situated in the hills outside of Chiang Mai, the jungle, river and valleys are breathtaking!
We will never smile at an elephant and his mahout (trainer) on the city streets of Bangkok or in any unnatural environment again. These animals don't belong there and need to be rescued. If you only knew the 'how' and the 'why' ... you'll stop supporting that too.

1  Thank Spinnylinnie
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