Absolutely one of, if not my favorite day, in my 3 1/2 weeks in Thailand. Our guide, Zaa, was awesome. He had lots to tell us about all the elephants and answered any questions we had about them.
We started the day off by walking around the park and getting to know some of the elephants. Each one had their own unique story. We then got to feed them, get pictures with them and give them lots of hugs! We also got to visit with the little 2 month old.
We then were fed a delicious buffet lunch...some of the best food I have eaten on my travels. We then headed down to the water where we got to bath the elephants after they had covered themselves in mud. One of the younger elephants was so fun to watch. He would roll around in the mud while some volunteers threw mud on him with buckets. He really seemed to be enjoying himself!
We got to meet Lek, the owner...also known as the 'elephant whisperer'. She has dedicated her life to rescuing elephants in Thailand who are abused and neglected. She is also trying to educate elephant camps etc. about how to care for and treat elephants.
If you want to be able to ride elephants or see them do shows, this is not the place for you. If you want to get up close to these amazing animals in a more natural way then I would recommend Elephant Nature Park. I can't think of a better way to spend a day in Chiang Mai.
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