Elephants in Thailand
There’s a lot of mixed feelings out there about seeing Elephants in Thailand. Feelings range from completely against it to trying to find an ethical way to see them, to simply riding elephants where they can. I’m not here to tell you what’s right or wrong, I’m just sharing my experience that was fantastic. When I was in Thailand, we want to Chiang Mai and spent the day at the Patara elephant farm. It was fantastic. I can tell you from my experience that it felt like the elephants were well cared for, and were rescued from other unsafe working conditions. If you really want to spend quality time with elephants then this is for you. You essentially get to take care of an elephant for the day.
10 Reasons You’ll Love It
1. Spend the Whole Day with the Elephants
First up, you get to spend the whole day with the elephants. This is way more time than a lot of places and really reason enough to have this experience.
2. Meet Them
When you first arrive at the farm, you’ll get to meet a few elephants out in their habitat. This is such a great introduction and how the company decides which elephant to put you with for the day. They’ll watch how you interact with them and you can take your first pictures.
3. Feed Them
Once the company decides who should be with which elephant for the day, you’ll get to meet your elephant and feed them.
4. Learn About Them
Next up, you’ll learn all about the elephants, the farm, and the conservation work the company is doing. You’ll also get to take lots of pictures with the elephants and meet your care person for the day. Each person is paired with a worker and elephant for the day.
5. Bathe Them
After the learning, it’s time to clean the elephants. You’ll sweep the excess dirt off them, then bathe them. If there’s a baby there, they’ll probably do a little bit of playing as well.
6. Ride Them
Here’s where some people start to get controversial. There are those who believe that riding them at all shouldn’t be allowed. Personally, I don’t agree. When I was with the elephant, I knew that the elephant could get rid of me at any time (I mean, they ARE much bigger than us), and I didn’t ever feel like the elephant was in pain or even uncomfortable. It’s for you to decide, but my personal experience was wonderful and the elephant just went about its normal walk with me on his back. No one forced her or used any instruments in the process.
7. Have a Delicious Lunch
After your ride/walk through the landscape, you’ll get a delicious lunch. All included with your fee.
8. Swim with Them
This next part was one of my favorites. We got to swim with all the elephants and it was so fun. Just be sure to bring your swimmers and a change of clothes.
9. Photos Included
Another great thing about this company is that they take photos on your camera and a professional camera all day long. They’ll give you a CD at the end with all the photos the professional took and it’s included.
10. You’ll Do Good
Regardless of your feelings on any of the above activities, you’ll be doing good when visit this place.
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