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My husband and I stayed overnight at the Nature Park and I could not recommend that more. I felt... read more

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Reviewed March 28, 2019 via mobile

Out family of 4 has just returned from our overnight stay at the Elephant nature park which exceeded our expectations. Everything about this trip was phenomenal. There are 84 elephants that have been rescued from logging, trekking, circuses and some injured in landmines. Many have disabilities of some form. These elephants each have their own Mahout to take care of them and are free to roam and do as they please. We were able to feed them a number of times and spent a lot of time visiting and watching them.
The guides are informative and it never feels rushed. You can join in with activities out have down time if you chose. They spoke with us about the dog rescue centre (on site) and we visited the dogs and were able to take them for walks if we wanted. Our girls also enjoyed the cat kingdom where there were hundreds of cats to cuddle and play with. Many cats and dogs roam freely around the park.
The food was amazing, accommodation well exceeded our expectations and everything was super well organised.
We had the best time and totally commend the park on their efforts to do the best for all of these animals.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 28, 2019 via mobile

After many hours watching Netflix specials it was our turn for the real ”Love and Bannas”. Pickup was seamless with our english speak guide Deang introducing himself at pick up. We were a private group of 8 being another family with a daughter the same age as our youngest son and a newly wed couple. The drive went quickly with the plying of an introductory video and the Do’s and Don'ts when interacting with the elephants. On arrival there is a central meeting point for each group with the Guides name on it which will be your lunch area. Then off for a quick feeding of the elephants before you start being guided through the park and introduced the different elephant families. Each elephant has their own unique story, each one sadder than the one before. The story of Lucky was the saddest story I had heard for many years. The experience is mind-blowing. I have been on eco-friendly elephant adventures before where you wash and cake the elephants in mud but these poor creates have all been to hell and back - blinded by circus lights, land mines, logging accidents to mention a few. It is said that a society is judge by the manner in which we treat our animals. Lek and her team are doing great things to reverse years of abuse and torment of the magnificent majestic cteatures. Would highly recommend this to anyone who wants an up close and personal elephant experience which will leaves you not only with magical memories but a belief that in our own small way I made a difference.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 27, 2019

Amazing experience! Of course we were happy to had the chance to meet this amazing creatures!! All the guardians were nice and explained everything complete!! It is a very interesting proposal!!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed March 26, 2019 via mobile

As I write this review I find myself with mix feelings. The 84 elephants they call this place home are well taken care of, they have plenty of food and water in a beautiful setting however, we were only allowed to touch two elephants once and only on the shoulder which was very disappointing, Our tour guide Johnny was by far the worse tour guide we have ever had, his energy was so low, we could barely hear what he was saying and he referred to us as “guys” many times on every sentence, we were in a group with tourists from France, Germany and the US and we all agreed Johnny was a very bad tour guy and we all agreed it was so boring, they were as disappointed as we were. We love elephants and I was so excited to spend a day with them but it was not what we hope for.
I feel good about going because I know the money we paid will be useful to them but I wouldn’t recommend it and we definitely will not go back, we will look for another place that protects this beautiful animals with similar standards as this place but with more interaction with the elephants and better tour guides.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Dlove2travel
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Reviewed March 26, 2019 via mobile

Yesterday I joined the day tour to visit the majestic elephant project, offered by elephant nature park.
It was the highlight of my trip to Chiang Mai, to spend the day with three gentle giants, in a small group setting.
The tour and guide were very organised and professional. Great lunch, lots of drinking water available throughout the day.

After the hotel pickup and drive to the outlying hills (1.5hr) we met the three elephants, and their handlers. We all went on a nice long walk, feeding them bananas and sugar cane along the way. It was wonderful to see the elephants interact with each other and forage through the forest, bathing themselves in dirt.
After lunch we helped prepare the elephant’s lunch, then we fed them, then they went into the river for a bath, and we helped splash them. Everything was done at the elephants discretion, they took their time if they felt like it! Obviously a lot of pictures taken, but touching was kept to a minimum which was good.
The day finished with a refreshing raft ride down the river back to the pickup point.

This project is different than going to elephant nature park. The elephants are still owned. But It teaches the manhouts (handlers) and the elephant’s owner that us tourists are willing to spend more money to see elephants happy and treated well. Therefore there’s no need for the elephants to do forced labour/circus tricks/ elephant riding tours, as this form of eco tourism
provides a viable source of income for the owners. Check out the website for a better explanation!

Date of experience: March 2019
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