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Reviewed 15 July 2016

Visiting the Elephant Nature Park for the day was the highlight of the time I spent in Chiang Mai! We were picked up at our hotel and driven about an hour north to the Park in an air conditioned van with a video about the elephants and the history of treatment of elephants in Asia and the creation of the Elephant Nature Park. The park is surrounded by mountains in a beautiful setting. You are in a small group of 10 with a guide who is with you for the day and you rotate through different areas with different activities and interaction with the elephants as well as breaks and lunch which is included in the fee.
Being as close to these magnificent animals and actually touching an elephant was an experience I will never forget. Learning their names, and back story just made the experience more special. We were able to feed the elephants, go to the river and bathe them and get very close to observe them interacting with each other. There was a 2 year old baby elephant that delighted everyone! I was exhausted by the end of the day but so grateful that I had been a part of this wonderful place.
Elephant nature park is a sanctuary for abused and injured elephants and if you are considering visiting a place, please please make sure that you are supporting a park that does not exploit or hurt these creatures by cruel training methods and having customers pay to ride the elephants - never do this! Put your hard earned money into an experience that will enrich your life and the lives of these beautiful creatures.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank loridemo
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

One of the most memorable days of my life. We did the Karen tour and words can't express what an amazing incredible experience this tour was. To be part of something so special walking through the jungle with three elephants allowed to roam freely (food used to guide them!) to be up close whilst they role in a mud bath and then a wash in the waterfall/river is something I will never forget. A truly inspiring and breathtaking experience.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank rachelp5
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

We chose the elephant nature Park as it is one of the only places where they don't allow riding or any kind of cruelty.

We were picked up exactly on time, our tour guide 'Aeh' was amazing. She was super informative and bubbly throughout the whole day. On the bus we were all shown a video of elephant cruelty and how the elephant nature Park had rescued countless elephants from been tortured. Very sad but very informative.

First we arrived and fed the elephants fruit so start us off, and then we all walked around the nature Park to see the elephants and to touch and take photos with them - Aeh told us about their stories and how they were rescued from been in captive. There was also dogs, cats, and water buffaloes in the park they had also rescued.

We went down to the river to watch the elephants be bathed and play in the water, which was then followed by an amazing buffet lunch - all you can eat.

After lunch we went down to the river and helped bath an elephant which was super fun.

The day ended with free drinks and cookies - all in all was an amazing day and I will never forget the experience!

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank chloe p
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

Having heard such good things about it, I finally went to Elephant Nature Park (ENP) and had a great time.

They picked me up on time in their van with other people, showed an informative video on the way, and then we arrived at ENP in its idyllic location with plenty of land in the bend of a river. Just lovely.

The guides are great, knowing each of the elephants by name, age, personality, abilities, and backstory. I very much appreciate the good care they take of the elephants. Besides elephants, there is also a herd of water buffalo as well as cats and dogs. And swarms of yellow butterflies! Magical.

Lunch was extensive and excellent: all veg, fitting with their animal welfare theme, with perhaps 20 or so different dishes to try, including curries, stir fries, noodles, soup, fruit, etc. as well as water, coffee, and tea, all as much as you want, included in your price. It was so good that I ate too much.

ENP isn't cheap, but you - and of course the elephants and other animals - get good value for your donation.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank JDZatSF
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

When planning our trip to Thailand, we knew we wanted to experience elephants, but were REALLY nervous about doing it in a respectful way. There are a lot of companies out there that advertise a respectful sanctuary for elephants, but a lot of them still train the elephants in cruel ways and offer guests rides (don't ride the elephants!). We decided on ENP after a lot of research, and I'm so glad we did. We were picked up at our hotel and provided information about the services at ENP and why they do what they do - rescuing and rehabilitating elephants! We spent the day learning about the animals, learning to respect and care for them, walking with them, feeding them, and even getting in the river with them to bathe them. SO cool! Although the park was full of visitors, we were in a small group of 11 with our own private guide. It was a highlight of our trip for sure, and a wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: July 2016
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