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“Care for Elephants 💙”

Elephant Nature Park
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Chiang Mai: 1-Day Elephant Nature Park Exploration
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Elephant Nature Park, a unique conservation project set in Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand has been in operation since in the 1990's with a goal to provide a sanctuary and elephant rescue center. We have been involved in dozens of rescues and sustain a natural home for this endangered species. Mission: To protect and conserve elephants in a natural environment and to provide a healthy and fruitful life for all those creatures under our care
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I did the "Care for Elephants--Single Day" option and it gave us the highlight of our trip to Chiang Mai. We prepared food for them (i.e. cutting up fruit), fed them, walked with them up a mountain to get lunch & siesta, walked back down to the river to bathe them, then we strolled through the main area of the park. If you choose this particular excursion, make sure to wear an outfit that you don't mind getting muddy/wet (swimming gear and water shoes are best) and some trusty mosquito repellent. There's a reason this isn't for kids as there is some handling of sharp knives, a need to be self aware and aware of one's surroundings as you literally walk side by side (and sometimes behind and/or in front, depending on how narrow the path gets) with elephants as well as physically interact with them, and the trek up and down the mountain has a fair amount of incline and rock maneuvering--so if you need an excuse to ditch the kids...this is it! Overall, breath-taking experience. If you have any love for animals, especially elephants, this experience is worth every baht.

Thank Tracy C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I volunteered at Elephant Nature Park for a week with my sister and a friend and had such an amazing time, I’m already planning a return trip! It is truly inspiring what this place is doing for all of the animals in its care, especially the elephants, and it was an amazing experience to be part of it all. The guides are knowledgeable, personable and fun to be around. The evening entertainment provided was fun and cultural and the talk from Lek was inspiring. The buffet food put on was plentiful and so tasty and the variety of vegan dishes was really impressive. The volunteer work expected from you is minimal in exchange for the experience you get. I really would urge anyone to do this week of volunteering, it will open your eyes and give you memories that will stay with you forever!

Thank Moojay1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Before I start this review, if you are the type of person that wants to ride elephants, go bathing with them, interact as in a zoo or circus then this is not the place for you and you probably need to watch a few Youtubes on how they break elephants.
We did the Single day tour, starting from the office and after a few hotel pick ups headed out of town for approx 1 hour. In the van and on arrival there were a few safety rules to go through for your safety and the animals. You will basically wander the site with a guide visiting different elephants and learning a bit about each individual history, you will get to see them being rehabilitated, eating together, bathing and at times the younger ones playing together. There are mahouts around, but they are there for safety, again for you and the elephant, but no sticks, hooks or chains.
We had a great day, but remember the safety briefing is for a reason, don’t be like the 3 idiots who decided to wander around on their own after lunch and seemed annoyed when their guide wasn’t to happy with them. I bet they would have been the first to complain if they got hurt.

Thank Kiwisflythecoop
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If only I could of stayed here forever! This place is amazing. So lovely to get up close with the elephants and see the incredible dedication and hard work of everyone working there. This is a place where they rescue elephants that have been used for riding camps and logging. I did a lot of research before to make sure that this was an ethical place that took care of elephants and didn't exploit them. I did the overnight stay and cant recommend it enough. Thank you to our guide apple who looked after us and was always there to answer questions. Everyone should visit elephant nature park. You wont be dissapointed!

1  Thank Emma W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is incredible! Shuttle picked us up at hotel, driver/guide were phenomenal. The park itself is large and scenic with beautiful mountains. We were fed a pair of elephants, toured around the park, and learned about the park and elephants. The park is also home to water buffalo, dogs, and cats (perfect for any animal lover). LOTS of photo opportunities, can get close to/pet a number of elephants (and friendly dogs/cats) and see a number of baby elephants. All of the elephants were free to wander (the grounds are patrolled and safe of course) and looked very happy, they are doing some fantastic work. Lunch was also delicious with a wide variety of food. This place is a must-see if you are visiting Chiangmai or even Thailand in general. A truly unforgettable experience and a fantastic cause, these animals are amazing.

2  Thank Kyle R
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