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“Incredible! Early morning advised!”

Elephant Nature Park
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Chiang Mai: 1-Day Elephant Nature Park Exploration
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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We loved every second of our early morning trip to ENP. They pick you up at 5:30am, show an informative video en route to the park, and have you there to watch the sunrise over the property as the elephants awake while eating bfast. Following you are walking the grounds meeting, feeding, touching, and interacting with each elephant in only one small group of 10 ppl. The only others on site at staff, volunteers, and a few overnight/residency patrons. After a snack you then bathe the animals before again congregating with them and leaving around noon. The early morning experience allows more close. Intact with the elephants and is far more intimate with 80 to 100 ppl arriving at 10 and starting as you finish in small groups. The animals are also more active and happier in the cooler morning hours and there is less poo. Do his!! You will not regret it!

2  Thank slaxaphonic
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is in regard to the 1 day Learning Elephant package. Overall, I think this is a fantastic 2 hour experience that is unnecessarily stretched to a full day activity. Lek is doing some amazing things here (would give 5 stars on that alone) and it is really quite cool to feed them and bathe them, but all of that literally takes up about 2 hours of your day. The rest of the day involved a really long lunch break, waiting to watch a movie, watching a movie, waiting around after the movie, and finally lots of sitting around waiting for other groups to have their turn. And of course its an hour and a half drive in each direction. Really each group gets two shots with the elephants -- feeding in the morning and then playing in the river / more feeding in the afternoon, the rest of the day is downtime... definitely bring a book!

I really can't fully recommend this tour in its current form if your time in Chiang Mai is short. If you have a week or more there, it may be fine, but for us we only had 3 days and we were disappointed that we used a full day on this as it turns out Chiang Mai is awesome and there is just too much to see and do. I really wish they offered a half day experience... feed / water the elephants only and be back in town for lunch.

7  Thank Chris L
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adamenp, Owner at Elephant Nature Park, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2013

Thank you for your comments. I have noted that you are one of two recent complaints along the theme that the visit is too long.

With over an hour to get to the park and the same on the way back the feedback from most of our visitors was that a full day was required to enjoy the park.

As this is quite a new complaint and I have put the question to our visitors on our facebook page so that we can make any judgements from there. (I did provide the link but TripAdvisor would not let me post it)

It is most often the case that we have to persuade our visitors that it is time to leave.

We are always open to suggestions.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

If you want to see elephants and are in Chiang Mai Thailand, skip all of the tourist elephant rides that exploit the animals and go to the Elephant Nature Park and see these beautiful animals in a semi-wild environment. Riding is not allowed but you can feed, play with, and splash water on the animals. I got to interact with many different elephants on my one day trip and an even saw a baby (which was so cute). Support this wonderful organization when you go to Thailand and have an unforgetable experience!

2  Thank amanda1390
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

This was such an beautiful experience. To be so close to these gentle giants and to see how happy they are in their new life is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Also, the food was AMAZING.

3  Thank Liz1884
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

There aren't many places in Asia, if any, that allow tourists to see elephants interact naturally with their environment. They are such beautiful creatures and it is wonderful to see the relationships they develop with each other. I'd much rather be witness to how they behave as elephants than entertainers. I'd take this experience over an elephant ride or watching an elephant paint for my entertainment any day. A one to two week visit volunteering is highly recommended.

2  Thank Gwen T
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