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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The most unforgettable and incredible experience!!!! Didn't want the day to end. Best day of vacation in chiang mai! Loved our elephants, guides and everything about the experience. Being animal lovers we were worried about doing an elephant "tour" but these elephants were extremely well cared for and the camp itself was beautiful. And love their mission!! 4 baby elephants that we fell in love with as well! Bring your swimsuit and change of clothing! Lunch was also great! Can't say enough great things about Patara!!! Go!!!

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Its not your usual elephant camp, there is no riding the elephants, they are treated with a great deal of respect and get to live their lives like elephants should. You do get to join them in the river and give them a bath but there are no football games, no painting, no rides. Just elephants. And alot of dogs too since they rescued alot of dogs from the Bangkok floods.

Date of experience: August 2012
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

The work that is being done @ the park brings joy to your heart...'Lek' the founder of the park is an inspiration to all.She has given tribal people rewarding work, supported Education through out the area and brought in vet service as well...A must see if you are in he area and a great place to make donations!!! Thanks to the entire staff...

Date of experience: January 2013
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

My wife and I volunteered for 1 week at Elephant Nature Park... what a GREAT experience! The founder, Lek Chailert has created a an incredible experience for both elephants (now living out their days in a safe and loving place) and humans, who get lots of up-close time with each other. Every visitor/volunteer has an unforgettable time being in the presence of these wonderful creatures. If you have 1 week, it's well-worth the time to learn more about taking care of elephants as well as having more time to spend with them. The veggie-Thai food is EXCELLENT, and the park setting is a great place to spend some time. As an added bonus, there is a co-located Dog rescue/sanctuary where you can visit (and even volunteer if you wish) and get a much needed doggie-fix!

Date of experience: January 2013
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

A great day out in the countryside around Chiang mai. Well organised and a lovely vegetarian lunch provided. Even though none of us are vegetarian we still managed to stuff our faces. The highlight was washing the elephants in the river. A very up close and hands on day. Our guide Noi, was great and grabbed our camera and took photos of us with the elephants. There is no riding or trekking but the cost of the tour is worthwhile because all the money is donated to cost of care for the elephants. We also saw their latest addition a 2 month old baby elephant, soo cute. Lek the owner, has also made it a sanctuary for lost dogs. JUST GO AND SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE!!

Date of experience: January 2013
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