Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, Pai

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Claiming to be the oldest elephant camp in Thailand, Thom's Pai Elephant Camp lets you ride, play, and swim with its large and lovable residents. Choose between riding bareback or on a seat, although be aware that some experts claim riding the animals is harmful to their health. Beyond interacting with these gentle giants, this animal park offers elephant handling training, bamboo rafting, hill tribe visits, and other sightseeing tours. You have the option to spend several days getting to know the elephants, staying on site in the bungalows or camping area. Add Thom's Pai Elephant Camp to your Pai travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Pai tour planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This place had some negative reviews about chained elephants - ignore them, that's another camp. This one didn't chain the elephants, and they looked well fed and cared for. Had a great time bathing o...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    When the elephants are ridden by headless people, they are chained in carports. Many elephants show behavioral problems such as for example "weaving". It's really awful to see it.
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  • August 11, 2017
    I've spent three months volunteering at this camp. Elephants are treated there with respect and they are being very well taken care of. There's a lot to understand about elephants in Thailand, it's ea...  more »
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  • September 7, 2017
    Though the elephants look pretty healthy they are all chained up. We decided just to pass by because of this. Checks these pictures and make your own judgement.
  • August 15, 2017
    You shouldn't even think about visiting an elephant riding business! The poor animals are standing all day long, chained, under a roof. No life for them!!! Do you think he is waiting for you??? For you to pay money to a business which is keeping him in prison?
  • July 12, 2017
    Thom is a nice lady who gives you a welkome feeling. We didn't take the tour (the kids did not want to walk or swim with the gentle giants) so we just were feeding them some fruit (20thb a basket)... Lovely!
  • May 2, 2017
    I went there 5 years ago. I just came across old pictures and it reminded me how awful and regretful our decision was to go on an elephant ride. I don't recall the details but it suffices to say the animals were tired looking, rough looking and sad. I don't know how they are treated away from visitors but I certainly didn't laugh during the ride when the employees walking on the side thought it be funny to repeatedly poke the elephants in their bums with sticks. What the eff was that about? I felt so uncomfortable and instantly regretted this experience. I still feel horrible about this today and would urge you not to go and support this place.
  • March 10, 2017
    The owner is Thom, lesbian with boyish short hair, living with her long hair wife manager. The words from their mouth are always oppressive, that make everyone, every workers unhappy. I stayed there more than 2 months. They want to charge extra at every moment. The location and hot springs is good though.

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With tourism now the number-one industry in the area, you shouldn't have any trouble finding accommodations in Pai. In fact, on a walk through the village center you'll be hard-pressed to find a street that doesn't have several hotels or guesthouses. The village's popularity among backpackers means you can choose from a range of hostels and budget guesthouses. Luxury accommodations are more limited, although with a host of excellent mid-range options you can stay in comfort without spending big bucks. When Pai is at its busiest, between November and March, try something on the fringes of the village for a quieter, more peaceful holiday.
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