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“Incredible!”

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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access
Luang Prabang, Laos
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Incredible!”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

For true animal lovers, this is an amazing day out. Worth every cent. It's great to get up close with these majestic creatures. For anyone considering taking an elephant trek, please reconsider!! Go to the elephant nature park instead. The practice all Thai elephants endure to be broken in is extremely cruel and inhumane. The way they train them, is by locking the baby elephant in a crate and beating them into submission over a course of several days. They deprive them of food, sleep and water, and the wounds sustained through this process often go untreated. For male elephants this 'training method' lasts for 7 days! Please exercise your conscience.

Visited February 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Sanctuary where the elephants are given first priority”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

My wife and I visited Elephant Nature Park (ENP) after researching the many elephant camps and encounters in the Chiang Mai area. We decided on Elephant Nature Park because their first priority is the elephants' best interest. After visiting for a day, we can truly say that ENP and its staff exists to serve the elephants and not the other way around.

We were picked up at our hotel at 8:15am and driven the one hour outside Chiang Mai to ENP. The day was full and very well organized. Our group of 10 had its own personal guide throughout the day. The activities included up-close visits with some of the 34 elephants at the park, feeding the elephants baskets of fruit, question and answer sessions with our guide, walks around the park, bathing the elephants in the river, and a video of the park's founder, Lek Chailert, and her mission. At lunch, we were served a delicious buffet with lots of choices. Even though there were up to 100 visitors the day we visited, it never felt crowded or rushed. Each small group was lead by its own guide and was kept away from other visiting groups doing different activities and spending time with different elephants. Even the group with the loud and bored-looking Chinese speaking teenagers did not detract from our experience. We were told that there are 350 rescued dogs at ENP but we only saw about 20. The majority were kept away from the visitors in a separate part of the reserve.

It appears that there are many popular elephant encounters in the Chiang Mai area. After visiting ENP, this is the only one that we would recommend for their philosophy of putting the elephants first and for their founder's continued activism in Southeast Asia to reduce the suffering of domesticated elephants. This is the only elephant reserve in the Chiang Mai area where visitors do not ride elephants and elephants do not do tricks. They are just free to eat, bathe, roam, and seem truly content. The day was a nice mixture of activities both educational and hands on. We would have liked to spend more time with the elephants in the river but overall, our visit to ENP far exceeded our expectations.

Visited January 2013
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solothurn
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Been there, done it, love it. You can feed the elephants, wash them, pet them like nowhere else and like nowhere else the elephants there are treated like the sensitive creatures they are. There is NO riding of elephants and no circus tricks or anything like that and once you have seen how those elephants get their will broken and get trained you won't wanna do that ever (hopefully). At ENP mistreated elephant get rescued and can live a happy life. The staff is really nice, the place itself is amazing and the food you get there is delicious. If you are an animal lover and wanna do something good GO THERE and enjoy those giant and gentle creatures.

Visited January 2013
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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“An experience that will follow me for the rest of my life!”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

For all the animal lovers can I say for sure that this is the only Elephant park you have to visit in Thailand! And for rest that aren't that fond of animals can I still say that this is an adventure wellworth doing. This animals are majestic and how we people threat them should be prohibided. When you visit this Elephant park you will be very close to the Elephant, you will wash, feed and walk them. The mahouts are very nice and instead of using hooks or ways of punishment to lead the Elephant they are trying to reward them with fruits when they are doing as told or when behaving calm. Still they are not interupting the Elephant of behaving as a Elephant should. They have all type of Elephant, calm ones, medium calm:) and those elephants that give you alot of action. To not make this to long can I end with saying that you would miss so much not going here

Visited February 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The best week during my trip in Thailand”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

I volunteered for a week and I honestly have to say this was the best week of my whole 2 month trip in Asia. Finally I found a place where animals are treated well and cared for. ENP is like heaven on earth for the poor abused animals and they are really doing a great work trying to educate people about the cruelty that the domesticated elephants in thailand have to face at the tourist attractins, temples and elephant camps. I hope all places with elephants were like ENP! Ride bicycles, not elephants:) Lek, the founder of the place truly has a heart of gold which is why there are also about 400 dogs and cats as well as around a 100 water buffalos roaming the area. I cannot see why anyone with a heart would not understand the dogs being there, they were rescued a year ago from the Bangkok floods, the illegal dog meat trade etc. Where else would they be? Anyways, ENP is the place to go if you want to see HAPPY elephants!

Visited February 2013
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