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Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, Pai

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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3.1/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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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  • While he did us very much participate in a business where animals are being used to make money, we passed on a motorcycle by chance opposite site and stopped to observe the elephants. It struck us that were not chained up, as if they were the elephants in other nearby venues. Even so, I do not think that participate in these businesses is necessary to have an enriching experience in Thailand.
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  • We read online you were able to turn up, play with and feed the elephants. We researched into it because of the many unethical camps around, on arrival we saw 3 elephants who were not chained up howev...  read more »
  • Me and my girlfriend were driving through the countryside and ended up here, we saw many elephant camps but this looked like the best so we decided to ask what could we do and how do they live (after ...  read more »
  • There are several elephant camps in Pai and I have no experience of the others but Thom's is very good. Prices of elephant rides seem to be very similar at 800 baht per person, but this is for an hour and includes a dvd of the ride. We just wanted our boys 8 and 11 to go and negotiated a price of 300 baht each with no dvd (the other camps refused to discount). The 8 year old pulled out when he discovered how high up he would be but later at the river with the mahout's help we persuaded him to climb up and he loved it. A Belgian girl and a French girl were staying at the camp and they walked along with us. As we chatted we learnt a lot about the elephants, The one the boys were riding on was named Ot and the mahout Not, The elephant was 33 years old but they live to 100 so quite young. She was a working timber elephant for 5 years but has spent most of her life with Thom's camp. Thom's was the first elephant camp in Thailand and has received many awards mainly because they love and care for the elephants. You ride bareback holding on the a rope while the other camps have seats which damages the elephant's back. They are kept in stalls at the camp while the others are on a short chain. At night the elephants are taken to the mountains to sleep. We walked with the elephant along the road with our eldest son on top way up amongst the trees almost. Then down to the river where both boys had a lovely time playing with the elephant, standing on its back, jumping off, being sprayed by the elephant. I think it is an experience they will remember all their lives. I have come across some people who say that Thai people are cruel to elephants and using them to provide rides should be banned. This certainly does not apply to Thom's elephants which are lovingly cared for
  • Sad to see the elephants chained up by the leg. They try to make it humane.
  • Check out elephant nature park if you want to understand why these poor elephants are being hurt for our amusement.
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  • It has been the experience of my life. See how to mistreat the elephants to make them BLEED with a skewer metal in the head for not doing what they want. The web is rodo lie, an authentic swindle. Assemble the elephants, they have them in small cages. The ride is not in nature is by a road and the back in a residential type plot with plantations, animals died of hunger. The bamboo rafting is another scam, a river between houses, full of garbage, nothing d wild nature, none of quick and short. The surfer three mini very dirty pools with hot water from the tap and bathrooms that don't clean up. Truly a disaster which should not be opened.
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