Today my husband, four grown up'ish kids and I spent a throughly enjoyable few hours at pattaya Elephant Village. Husband and I decided to let the kids do the elephant ride, whilst we stayed and waited in the village (we've done this before outside of Bangkok). They were all very quiet on their return, but in a good way, relaxed and so in awe of the beautiful elephants.
Whilst they were away, approx 1.5 hours, we fed some of the other elephants, wandered the village, took photos etc.
What you have to remember about the elephant village, is that is basically a sanctuary for old or sick elephants, victims of maltreatment etc, they are cared for well here and for those who have seriously suffered an ill fate it is a god send. We saw one 'new arrival' that was emaciated, but you know that in a few months with the care that she will receive at the village, she'll be looking as happy and healthy as all the others.
We felt so impressed with the dedication to the elephants by the staff, that we decided to make a donation, the staff were somewhat taken aback by this, it seems this doesn't happen often, which is a shame. We'd only been charged for the kids taking the ride, there was no cost to be a spectator.
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