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The best and most authentic experience Thailand has to offer

Elephants at Home was the highlight of our trip to Thailand! We were recommended by previous... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
gmbyrom
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The most amazing day of my life!!!

My wife, two other couple and i had the most distinct pleasure to spend a day at this amazing... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Elephants at Home was the highlight of our trip to Thailand! We were recommended by previous visitors and are very glad we saw this beautiful place, where the elephants live in surroundings that are probably the best available. This place is not about making profits from the use of elephants as tourist bait, as pretty much all the other places are. This is not a money-spinning operation, it is very clearly a much happier experience, both for the elephants and for the people who visit. I hope this operation is able to be sustainable and continue to provide a safe and happy home for the elephants, we would very much like to see this authentic experience continue as it is in the elephants' best interests.

We learned about elephants, fed the elephants, made elephant food, bathed the elephants in the river, had a lovely jungle walk with the elephants and a beautiful fresh lunch, all put on by the lovely people of the Karen Tribe. Yes, we had read some negative reviews beforehand, so we went with an open mind but our conclusion is that some tourists don't understand or know the difficulties involved in looking after these animals, and in certain seasons when the elephants are in heat, pregnant, or when the rains come and insect bites are prevalent they do need to be carefully controlled to prevent in-breeding and ensure their health, and that cannot be easy. None of that was happening during our visit, when the elephants were very happy, contented, eating large amounts of food and were happily interacting with us. We swam in the river with them after a wonderful lunch of lovely fresh fruit, the leftovers of which were gone in a second when the elephants returned from their rest. We loved every moment, and the elephants were clearly happy with our presence and comfortable in their jungle environment (which is beautiful in itself).

Coming from a long way away it is difficult but we were left with a desire to help in some way, if we could, to ensure Elephants at Home continues. The Karen tribe are doing this because it is the way they have always lived, and not to turn a profit. But it is difficult for them. The elephants best interests are served by being in this authentic setting and with these people who look after them and protect them from the treatment they would otherwise get in the city. We fear this may not last as the costs become unbearable. The best way to ensure the elephants' long-term wellbeing is for visitors to come, people to give good reviews, and publicity to happen. We loved the experience, and will tell everyone we know, so that others too may experience what we did. It may be different in different seasons and for various practical reasons, but the elephants are in the best possible care here.

We visited various attractions in our time in Thailand and some we were less than impressed with, especially the treatment of animals. Most places are profit-making ventures set up to lure in the tourists and use animals as centrepieces of shows, for people to gawk at unknowingly while behind the scenes the animals are treated as cash-cows and mistreated if they do not profit their captors. This is not the case here, where the elephants are in a much more natural environment with plenty of space and food, and are well looked after, and we were very happy to see it.

Many thanks to Elephants at Home and the Karen tribe for their hospitality, their willingness to share in their lifestyle and their explanations of how the elephants are looked after in this wonderful, genuine and authentic setting, and of course for the beautiful fresh food for lunch, for which we were very grateful. We wish we could have stayed longer with these beautiful, gentle creatures and lovely people. Please, keep up the good work and pass our love to the elephants, they are now our favourite creatures!

- Greg & Sisi

Thank gmbyrom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife, two other couple and i had the most distinct pleasure to spend a day at this amazing village. The elephants were amazing!! It was obvious that they were loved by the village and very well taken care of. It was a bit of a drive to get there but so worth the time. It started as soon as we arrived and saw the three elephants coming through the forrest to greet us. We were then able to feed them and take sooooooo many pictures. The smiles on our faces were matched by the smiles of the village. Everyone was having a great time. Especially the elephants! We then took them down to the river about a half mile away to bathe them and play in the water. Follow by an fantastic lunch. After that a hike back to the village for more fun with our new pachyderm best friends. It was educational, it was spiritual, and it may have been the most amazing day of my life!

Thank Nathan B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an absolutely amazing time visiting Elephants At Home. Before choosing Elephants at Home I read through about 50 elephant tours in Chiang Mai from Trip Advisor.

This tour is run by a family who treat the elephants well. And it's more remote than a lot of the other tours around Chiang Mai. Athiwat and his family love the animals and treat them like family.

The highlight of the trip was walking through the jungle with the elephants down to the river. We got to wash and swim with the elephants. The elephants would spray water at us.

There's a really awesome nature slide by the water fall. Apart from the tour guides, I was the only one who went on the rock slide. This was also really exciting.

Others in our tour had done other elephant tours which they didn't like half as much. They said that the other tours they went on seemed fake, however, in the tour we did, the elephants seemed far more in their natural environment.

We were also giving hundreds of photos for free after the tour. Remember to take a sim card for the photos!

I definitely highly recommend Elephants At Home to anyone thinking about doing an elephant tour around Chiang Mai.

Thank Jeremy P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed every moment we spent at Elephants At Home. The experience was very personal and extremely enjoyable. We were taught about each of the three elephants and how EAH cares for them in the most ethical way possible, which was important to us. Our day included being picked up from our hotel in a private 4x4 SUV, a lesson on caring for elephants, bathing the elephants in the nearby river, local Karen tribe attire, jungle trekking, followed by a delicious and fresh lunch in a very cool tree house, time to enjoy the nearby waterfall and play with the elephants at its base before trekking back. EAH captured candid moments throughout the day, which they transferred to our SD card at the end of our afternoon. These are highlights of our trip that we will be extremely happy to share with our friends and family. I would recommend Elephants At Home above any other elephant elephant experience in Chiang Mai. It was truly a fantastic day we will never forget and will 100% go back if we ever visit Thailand again. The elephants seemed happy, relaxed and very well taken care of. Please support these people in continuing to provide them with excellent care.

1  Thank Matthew R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is definitely a long day with traveling 2-2.5 hours each way to the very remote mountain location of the elephant camp, but worth it! It was simply breathtaking seeing the elephants walk out of the jungle, freely roaming. You will learn about elephants and their care, feed them, and go on a hike to a waterfall with them. Lunch is served in a hut at the waterfall. If you want a true Thai experience that is free from many other tourists, you will enjoy this day! The best way to contact them I found was through Facebook Messenger.

1  Thank CristaF15
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Me and my boyfriend spent a day at Elephants at home in September. It was everything and more that we where expecting. We both had such an amazing and unforgettable day. Everyone was so friendly and the elephants are treated very well. There was just three of us there with 3 elephants which made it more enjoyable.
I highly recommend Elephants at home, they picked us up from our hotel in Chiang mai, it took around 2.5 hours to get there, we where then greeted by the family and the elephants. The day was very well organised.
I contacted them via Facebook to organise the day trip, Facebook page; 'Elephants at home'. They took pictures throughout the day which they upload onto a memory stick or sd card that you are required to take with you, this is all included in the price.
I cannot fault this day one bit. it was perfect.

1  Thank jkfletcher91
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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

My husband and i went here recently and it wasnthe most incredible experience we have had in asia in the past month. We did a lot of research for a place that treats elephants well and doesnt have bad practices. This place was straight forward and honest with absolutely everything they do.

I would reccomwnd this to anyone. We did a full day experience and i recommend it as the drive is long. 2 1/2 hrs. It is a very windy road but the driver is excellent - but i will say one thing... if you have neck or back issues likely to flair you may want to rethink, or at least have some pain killers handy just in case. But dont let that scare you off.

It is a super intimate experience on a small scale and to us that was worth alot. We got to feed them numerous times, hang out in a creek and scrub them down, have a waterfight, go on a hike, have a nice lunch and then feed them again from up high in a hut, enjoy a beautiful waterfall and get some down time, then get to swim in it with the elephants, then walk them back on a hike. Super super super cool!!! I would be amazed if you could get a better elephants exeperince anywhere, seriously. Literally hanging out, enjoying their company, and getting some neat pics along the way. Not many "tricks" besides spraying water, and laying down.... which was awesome to see. We got the impression that it was elephants being elephants for the most part!

I think being so far out has been hurting the business, because the experience was 2nd to none. Support it, have a great time, and acquire some good memories! Get past the 2 1/2 hr drive. Its worth it, trust me.

1  Thank Olivia L
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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

If you go to Chiang Mai you simply have to do this elephant experience. The elephants have not been harmed or beaten at all and are happy and healthy. You get to feed, swim with/bathe with, play in the water with and walk with the elephants as well as having a lovely lunch prepared for you which you eat over looking a beautiful waterfall which you then after can swim in. The whole day was simply amazing, I feel so lucky to have experienced such a thing. The staff and elephant keepers are so friendly and let you get up and close and personal with their elephants. I would highly recommend you go.

1  Thank slaayy
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Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Our family (2 adults & 2 teenagers) recently made a 2 day trip to Elephants at Home. We are so impressed with this whole experience. On our first day we where picked up in Chiang Mai by Naan. The drive alone to the village was an adventure. Passing through the beautiful coyntryside, driving through small villages. We arrived at the camp and met Athiwat with whom we had been in touch over the past few weeks to prepare our visit.
When we first met the elephants we were a bit overwhelmed. They just are so big and strong. The good vibe of these animals and all the people who surrounded them made us feel at home after a short while.
The whole programm was just amazing. Hiking through the rainforrest with an elephant in front of you, feels as if you are a part of a movie.
During the day we talked a lot to Athiwat. He explained to us about his culture, his village and the importance of the elephants in their lives.
Me and my family truly had a perfect day in every way.

In the evening Naan and I went to go shopping for dinner. We cooked together and had a good meal, enjoying the sounds of the jungle arround us.
We slept in a nice cabin with shower and toilet.

Our second day breakfast was already made for us. Athiwat had planned another special day for us. We told him that we wanted yo see the real (non commercial) life of his people.
We visited a Christian church and helped with planting little trees. We met so many friendly people. Children from villages all around where there to play and be educated.
Everybody was excited to see us. We where invited to visit Athiwat's family. We all had a good laugh and then went into the ricefields to plant rice.
This also was an hilarious experience because it took a while before we could keep up with the family.
After this second day we were driven back to Chiang Mai.

After all of these adventures we are truly gratefull to have found this special place with kind and sincere people. And naturally the 3 elephants that made our day!!

1  Thank Eric S
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Reviewed July 20, 2018

Perfect day with elephants and all the team,
the road from chang mai is very long but this is because the owner wants that elephants live in the jungle and i totally agree with him !!!
the elephant are free and not slave (like in the city :( )
the rest of the day is magic,thanks again for this incredible souvenir !!

journée parfaite, avec les élaphants et toute l'équipe
la route de chang mai est longue mais cela en vaut la pein !!

le plus important : enfin un endroti en Thailande où les éléphants vivent dans la nature et où ils sont traités comme des rois <3

1  Thank s0phiec0s
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