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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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Where to stay in Pai

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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  • At thom’s farm have sufficient food for elephants such as banana grass,banana fruit and river to let them drink and take a bath. The farm consists of this natural vegetation so it can guarantee that o...  more »
  • Really nice farm. Elephants look happy and fullness. This farm not using the stand for tourist, you seat directly on elephant!!!!!  more »
  • Driving past & saw the amazing elephants so stopped to have a look. There were 2 there so gave a donation to give them a banana each. 1 was very interested in us & we stood talking to them. A trainer ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Awful , the WORSE we ever seen in our life, worse than killing, per que matar, pire que tuer, DONT GO THERE , !!! NEVER SUPPORT - Government , please close this (fake) farm , from tomorrow, we gonna communicate to all wildlife & animals protection plans & organizations to definitely close this farm and stop this defective owner
  • Recently on my trip up to Pai from Chiang Mai we drove past Thom's and I was appalled by the handling and the care of the elephants. They clearly looked sad and in pain as they were chained up and being mistreated by their handlers. Quite the opposite of what I saw at the sanctuary in Chiang Mai where they're not allowed to be ridden and treated very well. You can clearly see how happy and how much they have at the sanctuary. It was so disheartening to see how the elephants at Thoms were treated and their depressed look.