Thailand is a favorite destinations for travelers, especially for backpackers. They love to spend several days and months for exploring this country. Maybe the affordable cost of living is the reason why they like to stay in Thailand. Interesting cultures, great destinations, and the elephants are also reasons. Elephant riding and bathing are a popular attraction here. It is available on a day trip and on multiple-day excursions. In Thailand, you can find many elephants sanctuaries where you can interact with the elephants, but here is a list of top 6 places.
1. Patara Elephant Farm
Patara Elephant Farm is an elephant sanctuary located in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. When visiting this sanctuary, you’ll learn a lot about the elephant. They train tourists how to approach an elephant, how to check elephant’s health, and how to communicate with that mammal through spoken commands. It feels like you have your own elephant for a day. That would be a great once-in-a-lifetime experience.
2. Elephant Nature Park
Also located in Chiang Mai, Elephant Nature Park is the biggest elephant park in that region. It is home to the elephants where they’re socializing and playing in their natural habitat. You can easily get there by tour bus. The park offers two ways to see and interact with the majestic animals. First, you can buy the regular day passes. It’s perfect for your day trip. But if you want to spend more intimate time with the elephants, go to the park office and ask about volunteer opportunities.
3. Elephant Hills
Elephant Hills is a luxury tented jungle camps located in Kha Sok National Park. This place is perfect for those who want to stay in comfortable accommodation with tropical forest environment. They offer multiple-day tour so the visitors can do many things with the elephants. You will be accompanied by guides and get the opportunity to bathe, feed, and interact with elephants in their home. The tours also include lodging and meals.
4. Phang Nga Elephant Park
Located in the Southern Thailand, Phang Nga Elephant Park is a great place where the elephants can get good quality of life. The park offers two elephant tour packages. The visitors can choose between half-day and full-day tours. If you are also interested in Thai food, we recommend you choose the full-day tour. It includes a Thai cooking class.
5. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Phuket, a popular destination among tourists, isn’t only offering beautiful beaches. There is also a sanctuary there named the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. This place is home to over 30 elephants that live happily and freely. They once were victims of abuse and mistreatment. Elephant riding isn’t allowed anymore, but you can still walk with them. For more great experiences, try to spend the night at the Karen village.
6. The Happy Elephant Home
As the headquarter of sustainable eco-tourism project in Thailand, no wonder that Chiang has many elephant sanctuaries. One of them is the Happy Elephant Home. It is the perfect place to spend a day with the elephants. You can feed them bananas, bathe them in mud, and treat them to cane sugar. If you take the full day tours, you will get lunch and transportation to and from Chiang Mai.
Originally posted 2017-06-01 05:41:28.