Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, Pai

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#2 of 6 in Wildlife in Mae Hong Son Province
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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  • Elephants here are kept in small pens with little room to move. Don't visit this place . People exploiting elephants for money. Completely wrong  more »
  • 5+ stars!!!I spent 3 months working and traveling Thailand and Thom's Pai Elephant Camp was one of, if not THE single best days I spent in Thailand. Thom is an easy going, fun, and all around kind ind...  more »
  • Thom and Aye the two hosts are incredible! So warm and friendly and caring of their guests. Their elephants are very friendly and so much fun to ride (properly, on the neck/shoulders) and to bathe and...  more »
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  • Great camp. None of the elephants have any scars from abuse. They are not chained, rather protected behind 1 large bamboo rail. All Elephants seem happy. And I take my kids there when I can. I definitely suggest this elephant camp
  • We had such an amazing day here! Our group of 4 went bamboo rafting, then to Pai Canyon, then to feed bananas to the elephants and walk with them. After that, we got to bathe with them and ride them back to the camp. The staff here is so friendly, and takes lots of pictures and videos for you. Once we got back to the camp, we got into the hot tub to relax. Then we finally had lunch and went home. They even gave us a DVD with our videos and pictures, and a few printed photos. The whole experience was from 10 am - 2 pm. Also, the elephants were not tortured or treated badly. The staff was really kind to them, always petting them and letting them stop to eat often. Thank you Thom + the camp staff for hosting us! 🎉
  • We stayed in PAI for a week and happened to drive upon Thom’s Elephant camp. There were 2 or 3 other camps near by that didn’t look clean or humane. However Thom’s wasn’t one of them . We had a wonderful experience feeding the 2 elephants and they were very kind, happy, loving elephants . They were NOT chained up & area was very clean . No one was beating or shouting orders at them . One of the ladies came out and was very nice Thai woman who answers some questions etc ... about the elephants .
  • From the road you can see elephants in chains and the staff holding bullhooks while elephants are rocking back and forth on concrete. Definitely one to avoid!!! Karen's is around the corner and is the same. These are not sanctuaries they are abusing elephants to make money. Find a nice place
  • We came here to see the elephants and eat lunch. The food was absolutely delicious though the menu was a bit limited. My kids loved it!

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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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