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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Chiang Mai
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Tours
A visit to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary provides you with a chance to feed, bathe, and play with elephants. The sanctuary is home to nearly 20 animals, which do not perform tricks or put on shows. Visitors come here to watch the elephants going about their normal daily routines and enjoying their freedom. The friendly staff can provide photos of your experience, free of charge. Use our Chiang Mai tour planner to visit Elephant Jungle Sanctuary on your trip to Chiang Mai, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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The most perfect day! Not suitable for people with walking difficulties. The staff were amazing and we had a great lunch.If you don't like Thai food or fruit then take a packed lunch.
I've had the honour of spending an afternoon with my partner at this sanctuary yesterday, and I don't have the words to explain how wonderful it was. These elephants have been rescued from brutal trea... read more »
I've been to chaing Mai 4 times over the past 5 years and can safely say this is the most enjoyable tour I have done here... So much fun, tour guides have so much information, you can't be disappointe... read more »
We did a half a day visit which is probably all you need as there was no waiting around being bored. We spent the best afternoon we had in Thailand here, elephants seemed well looked after and the staff spoke good English, they where funny and very friendly. You get to feed the elephants, wash 'em and get in a mud spar with 'em. You also get to go to a waterfall that you can swim to. They also gave everyone a free stitched bag as you leave which was a added bonus. The only negative was the journey to and from the place as it seemed quite dangerous in a pick up truck for an hour and half, they should of providing a mini bus.
Very average. The road and journey to the camp is terrible, until they fix the roads don't bother. It was nice to see the elephants and get up close, but it was pretty underwhelming overall. The animals look well cared for and definitely have a plush life as you feed them full of cucumber, give them a mud bath and then shower in the river. We did the half day, but it was not accurately described in regard to time commitment. It takes the better part of 3 hrs to get there, arrive at 10, mess around with elephants for a while, go to a local waterfall, have lunch and return to Chiang Mai, getting back between 3-4. You spend at least 4 hrs in the back of a truck bouncing around like a ragdoll on terribly maintained roads. Again, it was a nice experience, but wouldn't do it again and wouldn't suggest it.
The elephants are still trained and commanded to do things for your "entertainment." The guides at our camp were hitting on the girls rather aggressively. One of them came up behind me and started rubbing mud all over my back while I was looking the other way. This was totally unsolicited and made me very uncomfortable. Not really what I wanted on my honeymoon... They did this to several of the other girls (only the girls) and at the end of the visit were trying to get them to me at such and such bar later in the evening. As if that weren't enough, the drive from Chiang Mai is long and uncomfortable. Positives (why I gave it two stars instead of one): it was nice to see the elephants, the food for lunch was good (fried eggs and fried rice) and the guides took photos for us.
Loved it. The road up/down was extremely rough but it was worth it to spend a full day here. Far less expensive than other elephant sanctuaries. Great charming guides. One of the best days in Thailand.
Good experience. I liked the fact of not riding them the elephants or making them so many tricks or using a bull hook. Guides were hitting on the girls for sure which they seemed annoyed at but I'd recommend WAY more than those sad side show places you ride them at.
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