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Reviewed 24 November 2013

The most amazing experience I have ever had dealing with animals.
This place is all about helping abused and injured elephants, as opposed to purely exploiting them for profit. You can bathe them and just hang out and feed them for hours and hours.
The park is fantastic, the elephants are so well treated - when you see how some of the elephants in other parks are tied up it really makes you feel better for supporting this one.
Listening to the stories about how these elephants were saved and then hand feeding them is an experience not to be missed.

Date of experience: February 2013
2  Thank Taylor N
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

I was very disheartened in Southeast Asia about the animal treatment - so this place was a complete breath of fresh air! Animals are treated so well, in a natural habitat, and most were rescued from horrible conditions. Was an actual animal sanctuary by Western standards (unlike many of the other places i have come across here). Elephants not exploited here - during the day you just help feed them, watch them in a natural environment, etc. Absolutely the best experience and most amazing pictures!

Also is a dog shelter/sanctuary - which was absolutely great to see considering sad street dog life etc.

Date of experience: November 2013
1  Thank ChipCheerio
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Incredible project which is helping animals in the right away. Unlike the majority of other so-called animal welfare projects and attractions, the ENP treats all of their animals well and they involve the tribal communities too. No tricks or performances here just love and affection.

It's also a great place to visit with good access to the animals. You'll have a great time.

Date of experience: November 2013
2  Thank big_j99
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Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

Visited park with my daughter. No rides, no stunts ... just a wonderful learning experience up close. Knowledgeable guide and caring vet. Wonderful creatures and a cute baby elephant. Delicious, ample Thai vegetarian buffet meal included. Highly recommend.

2  Thank jvdh44
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

It might not be the nicest smelling places to visit, but what the staff at the Elephant Nature Park do for injured and abused elephants in Thailand is nothing short of incredible.

My boyfriend volunteered here for a week several years ago and that is how I came to be aware of it and he was adamant it was somewhere I needed to see. He was right.

I left here with a whole new outlook on elephants and their treatment in Asia. You see an elephant performing and think "oh, how adorable". What you DON'T see is the treatment these elephants receive to become domesticated, the abuse and neglect to make them submissive.

The staff at Elephant Nature Park show you a video on the way to the park when they pick you up in their Maxicab and it opens your eyes like you wouldn't believe. I was torn up inside.

Once you arrive at the park, you are instantly greeted with the sight of these gentle giants up close. You hand feed them, walk among them, bath them, see them interact with their carers and the other creatures in the park. I don't know how many dogs I encountered running in and out of the feet of the elephants (a lot of them were rescued after the Tsunami I believe). The elephants don't mind them and they don't mind the elephants.

You are provided with several (basic) meals throughout the day (included in the cost) and are treated in a wonderful manner by the staff. The land surrounding the nature park is an amazing sight to see and a heavenly location for these injured creatures to live out their lives in peace and happy.

Do yourself a favour and take a day to visit this park, you will not regret it.

Date of experience: December 2012
1  Thank BrookeDillon11
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