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“Amazing experience!”

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 young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

Visiting the park turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip to Thailand. It is a great place if you want to get close to these lovely animals and at the same time promote responsible tourism. Here you don't get the chance of riding their back, which I really loved about this place. The animals seem really happy, the guides are great, and you can really feel at home. Wish to go back

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

You should visit this elephant park. It is a wonderful experience! You will love it. This was the first time I could be so close to elephants and to be able to understand this wonderful creature. This park only takes care of them and hope one day those elephant can be back to nature. I felt so sad to leave when my stay finished. I feel they are kind of my family members now. They all have their own story. Most are very sad stories. This great woman, Lek, protects those lovely elephants from terrible labor job and abuses. When we visit this park, we are helping to save those elephants.

1  Thank sherrytw
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is the only true elephant sanctuary in Thailand in my opinion. This was easily the most enjoyable day we had in Chiang Mai because we learned so much. The whole philosophy behind the sanctuary is that the tourists are able to come because of the elephants and not the other way around.

Other parks are able to have people ride the elephants because the elephants have been tamed by being beaten up and abused, physically and mentally. It's a relationship of fear that I didn't want to be a part of. That said, this is a part of Thai culture that goes back hundreds of years - although the end-goal of having a tame elephant was to be used as a work animal (hauling tree trunks etc) not to have fat tourists pay money to ride them.

As a hopefully responsible tourist you need to make an informed decision about whether you care about the welfare of the elephants you're so excited to see. This is the only place that I am aware of that cares deeply about the large beasts and it shows. You will feel good at the end of your day, and you've done your part to promote elephant conservation in a place that needs it so badly.

3  Thank africantraveler1
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

A friend and I are veterinary students from the US. We came to ENP for the veterinary student volunteer internship which is 4 weeks long. We LOVED our 4 weeks at the park and it truely touched us and was a life changing experience. The founder of the park, Lek rescues injured/abused elephants from illegal logging/street begging/forced breeding programs/trekking and other abusive conditions. She is an angel! In thailand working elephants must go through a torture ritual to break their spirit and make them submissive to humans at a very young age. Lek's dream is to protect these creatures from this and other kinds of abuse. All of the elephants at the park have such sad stories, but even though humans have done so much wrong to them they are all still gentle, loving, and accepting.

the experience you will get at the park is like no other. it is a true open contact system where you are on the ground up close and personal with the gentle giants. There are many volunteer/day trip opportunities available. they range from a day visit to 4 weeks or longer. The veterinary student volunteer internship allows veterinary students from all over the world to come and get some hands on experience with these amazing animals. This is something that you will never experience anywhere else. You will work with the elephants giving them medications, administering eye meds, cleaning/treating feet, giving IV fluids, routine procedures such as deworming etc., and anything else that comes up. There are three veterinarians at the park and one vet nurse. They are all so caring and really have the elephants best interest at heart.

Overall, it is an amazing experience that will change the way you think about animals and about the earth in general. You will not find any elephant riding here because the goal of the park is to just let the elephants be themselves and do what they are meant to do naturally, not to work for humans.

Thank Amanda E
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

i would definitely recommend everyone to visit this elephant park as this is one who has a team of people dedicated in rescuing mistreated / abused elephants. you don't get to ride on them but instead you learn how to respect them the way they want to be respected. you also get to feed them, touch them, and even bathe them. but i think the most important thing is you get to view the big gentle giants behave the way they would in the wild as they are allowed to roam free in the park. going on a vacation is wonderful for the mind & body but visiting the elephant nature park is also nourishing to your soul.

3  Thank guleta
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