When visiting Thailand, the first thing travelers and tourists think about doing is to experience an encounter with elephants. Usually, the goal is to ride the elephants. However, I wanted to be conscious as much possible as I travel through Thailand. Of course, I wanted to see these beautiful creatures, but not in a manner where their well-being is compromised. Then I discovered Elephant Nature Park, 60 km (37 miles) from the city-center of Chiang Mai, where they provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants.
In my single-day tour ($70), transportation and vegetarian buffet lunch was provided along with interacting and observing the elephants in their habitat. Elephant Nature Park doesn’t encourage riding on the elephants, which I really appreciated. I saw an elephant rehabilitating because it stepped on a landmine in Cambodia. I bathe an elephant and fed them many times. I was also able to catch a baby elephant interacting with its’ family.
I highly recommend booking in advance since Elephant Nature Park only allows a certain number of visitors each day. If you’re not limited in time,
I recommend the overnight visit for more in depth experience and interaction.
Throughout this experience, I couldn’t get enough seeing these wonderful creatures.
Moments like this is why I travel and it’s truly heartwarming and rewarding.