Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary, Sukhothai

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Step into the natural habitat of elephants at Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary, a unique and inspiring place where a select number of guests can live with rescued and retired elephants. The sanctuary began after Katherine, a volunteer at an elephant hospital, stood face to face with the harsh realities of life for elephants in Thailand. She created the sanctuary as a dedicated and safe home for elephants, where they are free to live life as intended. Guests have the rare opportunity to learn the stories of each of the sanctuary animals and the elephant that started it all. You'll live with, care for, and interact with these magical creatures. The sanctuary restricts its capacity so places fill up quickly; be sure to reserve long in advance. To visit Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary on your trip to Sukhothai, use our Sukhothai itinerary maker.
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  • I first visited BLES in May 2014 when I travelled to Thailand by myself. My husband didn’t come that time because it wasn’t really his thing. But, since I returned I guess my talking about it and phot...  more »
  • BLES is my favorite place on earth. No matter what species you are, this is sanctuary- a place of peace, a place to find friends, a place to be appreciated for just being yourself. If you are willing ...  more »
  • I agree with everything Kerry G says..... ha! We were guests there at the same time (randomly) and her along with my mom we were blown away by everything Katherine, David and the whole BLES team do. I...  more »

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Sukhothai tourism has been growing for decades, meaning you can now find many places to stay around town, even on a budget. Most accommodations are in New Sukhothai, which lies 12 km (7.45 mi) from the historical park, but lacks many interesting sights of its own. However, good transport connections between the two cities make it easy to explore the historical city on a day trip. If you have a bit more in your budget, save yourself some traveling time by staying near the old city. Do your homework before you book, though--some of the older hotels have a reputation for being run-down and not particularly clean.
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