Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary, Sukhothai

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#3 of 6 in Parks in Sukhothai Province
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 find out how to plan a trip to Sukhothai, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Tourism animals one day I made a ride on the back of an elephant. A real living elephant. With, on his back, a kind of saddle and a huge bench attached around his belly and tail. and a man sitting on his neck which had a big stick ended a great iron hook. That day, I haven't noticed anything of all this: I was laughing, I couldn't be as daring; and I couldn't tell my children well to hang on because it was pitching a lot up there.         What I can tell you today is that I was very ignorant.         When we meet in Thailand, or any other place tourism from Asia, although few of us have had to do to "animals of tourism". We are many to ignore all of these exotic animals found at every turn of the path during a trip to Asia. And at the beginning for us, "animals of tourism" are just part of the great adventures that await us. After all we are in Asia. And we want to do and see things that are out of our ordinary. The old temples, eco-friendly, scorpion brochettes served on the side of the road, etc., etc., and also these exotic wild animals as we can see in a zoo. Wherever you go there will also, in the middle of the market, the Nice and funny guy who charm a snake or keeps leaving a monkey with a cute little hat.         All that, at first glance, it looks very well. As in Thailand, early this morning when I was on the beach with my little boy and I've seen happen a man walking next to a baby elephant. You realize, a baby elephant! For pennies, man allowed my kid to pet the elephant and be photographed on his back and give him to eat. And besides this man really seemed to like his little elephant. So why you find something to complain about?         This is simply what I didn't: the use of an animal for tourism is a way to make money by exploiting the animal. These animals are taken from their mother, kept captive under conditions grim and treated very cruelly until he comply. A baby elephant for example normally stays with his mother until adulthood at age 15. Often, to catch them at the age of 3 or 4 years we "have" to kill the mother.         I will not tell you the horrible ways to break--excuse me, "to" - an elephant to accept to carry tourists on her back, without complaint. I tell you it's because of the drugs're them swallowing the Tigers seem to you "so quiet and so happy".         Keep this in mind: If an animal does something tourist he would not do if he was not in captivity for you, then there is a problem.        
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  • Katherine, the founder of BLES, exudes love, understanding, and so much compassion at this place, making it such a stupendous place to go to. Bring long light weight pants, sunglasses and a hat for da...  more »
  • Staying at BLES has been a unique experience. Seeing the chain-free elephants enjoying their life in the beautiful surroundings is eye-opening and inspiring. Their connection with their mahouts is abs...  more »

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Where to stay in Sukhothai

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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