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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

My brother and I did the Pamper A Pachyderm day and absolutely loved it. There are a maximum of 6 people allowed per day and we spent the day with 3 elephants. You learn the heartbreaking stories of the elephants and then feed them, pet them, walk with them, cross the river with them. It was great, And the guides were very knowledgeable about elephants and clearly care a lot about them. You will not ride the elephants. The various companies that have rides available use hooks to control the elephants and chain them at night.

The elephant sanctuary allows the elephants to roam where they want and they only use positive reinforcement.

It started pouring rain after we got lunch but it ended up being very enjoyable still. Thank goodness they provide you with rain boots (gum boots) to trek across the river and through the mud!

Usually there is a raft ride down the river but due to the rain and strong rapids, they offered us to walk trough the park to see the baby elephant and it's family, which was so much fun.

I highly recommend the Pamper A Pachyderm package!

Thank Nyachula
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

I am making my third trip to ENP tomorrow, 11 Jul 14 and cannot wait to get there. The first time we went was in Aug 2013 and then again in Jan 2014 with my 25 year old daughter. We were celebrating our birthdays and I asked her to find something that we would love to do and find rewarding. We found it! We volunteered for a week and it was absolutely fantastic. We met people from all over the world who were doing the same as us but most of all it was the storys of the elephants, meeting and working with the locals, meeting the person who created this piece of paradise, Lek Chailert, and her mission to provide a safe haven for not only elephants but other animals, dogs, cats, buffalo to name a few. It is paradise with a little bit of hard work included that's if you are going for a week.

Date of experience: January 2014
Thank Yoyo88Townsville
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The whole experience was truly humbling and outstanding from start to finish.
Our guide definitely made the experience. He knew every elephant by name and their heartbreaking stories of before they were rescued - by heart. He was passionate about the elephants and answered every question that the group had. He also often offered to take photos of my boyfriend and I when we were with the elephants which was great especially when we were in the river.
During the day you get to feed the elephants and wash them in the river which is a priceless experience. The elephants have surprisingly expressive faces and it's so humbling to see how happy they are when being fed and bathed.
You don't ride the elephants but I definitely don't feel like I missed out on anything. The elephants are free to roam and are happy to come to visitors alongside their mahouts.
The 2500 baht is well spent on the rescued elephants and I would tell anyone who was in thailand to definitely pay a visit.

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank fionaeg22
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Our day at Elephant Nature Park was a fantastic experience where we were able to feed the elephants, as well as bathe them in the river. We walked around the sanctuary visiting most of the elephants up close and learning about each of their stories of rescue. ENP has made it their mission to rescue elephants in Thailand from their former lives, primarily from abusive tourist jobs. Our visit was very emotional at times, especially while watching a video about the abusive practices that have caused most of the elephants to end up at ENP, but now I believe that this is the only humane and legitimate way to experience elephants in Thailand. ENP provided a plentiful and delicious vegetarian buffet, as well as transportation to and from our hotel. I would recommend sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes; our day contained plenty of walking out in the sun. Don't forget your camera either, the baby elephants are especially adorable and photogenic.

Date of experience: April 2014
Thank dandyshenanigans
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We loved it here!! We booked the overnight stay (and would have volunteered for a week if we had more time) and had a really amazing time in May 14. We were lucky to be the only people doing an overnight stay that evening so we enjoyed much time with the elephants either on our own or in a small group. The experience had everything. We learnt about the journey for working elephants in Asia and ...their awful treatment, to make them obedient and break their spirits and whilst this is so upsetting to learn about, it is so important to understand and a vital part of the work of the sanctuary in raising awareness of this awful tradition in Asian culture.

We were lucky to be able to meet most of the elephants at a walk around first thing on our second day, learn more about them, watch them play, feed them, bathe them and generally just feel privalaged in the beautiful surroundings to be watching elephants who have endured so much, be happy and content :-) We found all of the staff to be friendly and helpful and our guides were really knowledgeable which made the experience even better.

If you love dogs, cats, buffalos or horses then you have just another reason to visit the park..there are animals everywhere and over 400 dogs all waiting for a fuss! This was a bonus for us as we're huge animal lovers, and when we weren't enjoying time with the elephants, we got to help out with the dogs, we were able to go into some of the enclosures and play with loads of energetic and excitable pooches and take some for walks!

If we ever return to Chiang Mai, ENP will be top of our list of places to re visit, we'd reccommend the Park to anyone wanting to get up close with amazing, majestic animals whilst supporting a great cause.

Thank you ENP. We loved it :-) :-)

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank ClaireandChris2014
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