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. Before you head to Pai, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Pai vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Pai has to offer, including Thom's Pai Elephant Camp.
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  • Personally my 4 day stay will be shortened to 2... between dogs who are fighting a middle of the night in front of your window... no hot water... place very dilapidated, I do not know how old pictures of agoda... and for me who am go to a true elephant nature park or the mahout did not spike sharpened to be do slaves... me Yes a real gotcha sorry tourist but for me it's 0
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  • Really bad, at the entrance you can see that elephants have chains and look very unhappy...it's a really tourist crap. If you want a really good experience with this beautiful animals you can find tha...  more »
  • Within the package we had with our guide was the ride on the elephant, chosen specifically without Chair to not hurt the animal. Our package consisted of:-feed the two elephants: they explained how to make us bear hug from them, and we could stroke them and make the first contact with them by giving them grass and bananas-bamboo rafting on a bamboo raft on the River: where you put your feet when you get because you could fall off in the water. It is a quiet revolution (you sit and you watch the scenery around). At the end there is a descent where you bathe a little. Make yourself comfortable clothes and sneakers that you'll probably get wet a little bit. Be warned that the guided walking doesn't speak English-tour on the elephant: returned from bamboo rafting hopped on the elephant. They gave us the biggest elephant, our guide was impressed by elephant tonnage (25 years of age, the smaller 35). The elephant didn't seem to have much desire to walk aimed more on bananas and on the food, but the leadership has managed to convince him slowly with stroking and talking to him. The Guide has a stick with a metal tip that used to bring back the elephant "on the straight and narrow" when you distracted to eat along the way by pulling one of the ropes that had (the one where passengers). There is much affinity between the elephant and the Guide, know each other, understand each other and there is a lot of confidence. The ride was beautiful and frightening at the same time: I'm afraid of heights and ride an elephant so big for my problem was not the greatest. When moving then at the beginning is a bit scary because you're in contact with his skin and not sure where to keep or if one side rather than putting his hands somewhere else you can hurt him, but within minutes I adjusted. The elephant is not abrupt turns and whether road meets someone who knows stops to embrace him with its trunk. At the river the elephant had not really wanted to swim, so the guide is uphill on the elephant with us for "command it better" but since I was going to do very reluctantly asked to go back, we didn't want to force it, you probably wont just get some rest and eat. On the way there was even the photographer who took pictures and videos (which they delivered in the end) but I still could see. -lunch: we had dinner there with a nice view on the elephants and we saw then the locals play with elephants, feed them (such as a boy began to cut the Apple and a piece he ate one piece elephant). Good food freshly prepared, prepackaged anything I had read some reviews about this place, reading that the elephants were treated badly, but I've definitely had the impression. Pamper them, eat with them, laugh with them. There was a lot of affinity and trust and you only get with love and spending a lot of time together. At night then the elephants are brought up in the jungle and only in the morning in the local tours "tourist". I forgot: it is possible to rent a place if you don't have spare you other clothes (100bath). Ah I was told that the elephants would leave a strong odor, but it's not just success indeed were very clean! I can't tell you how much we paid because within the package of our guide, but if you want to try the thrill of ride an elephant I recommend. Just know that they don't speak much English and if you do not receive many explanations for linguistic rather than a willingness to share information and interesting facts.
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  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.

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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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