The destination of Thailand is renowned for its exotic tropical beaches, iconic temples, beautiful palaces and its bustling modern capital city of Bangkok. The country is a haven for tourist who visits to enjoy the unique attributes of this striving Asian nation.
One of the things that visitors come to Thailand to see are elephants – Thailand has one of the highest concentrations of elephants among Asian countries which makes it a prime destination for people who want to interact with and experience the beauty of these huge animals.
I will examine some of the elephant sanctuaries in Thailand and also highlight tours that are available for you to experience these amazing attractions!
There are several elephant sanctuaries available across Thailand, these include; the Chiangmai Elephant Sanctuary, the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, Elephant Valley, the Ethical Elephant Sanctuary, and the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.
Chiangmai Elephant Sanctuary
The Chiangmai Elephant Sanctuary is a nature reserve located on Samlarn Road in Phasing Muang Chiangmai. The focus of the Chiangmai Elephant Sanctuary is to facilitate the interaction between human beings and elephants in a sustainable manner.
The riding of Elephants are prohibited at the Chiangmai Sanctuary, and most of the employees, including the carers of the elephants, are from surrounding villages which is in keeping with the community nature of the Chiangmai Elephant Project.
When you visit this eco-friendly elephant attraction, you will be able to feed the gentle animals, walk them, bath them and play with them in their natural habitat. You will also be contributing to the local community since all proceeds from the Chiangmai sanctuary is channeled back into the local communities and the care of the elephants.
There are also several tour options available to you to enjoy the Chiangmai Elephant Sanctuary and learn about the history and behavior of the majestic animals.
You can choose to do the Half Day Morning Elephant Experience (1700 baht), Half Day Afternoon Elephant Experience (1700 baht), One Day Elephant Experience (2400 baht), Two Day 1 Night Hiking and Elephant Experience (5000 baht) and the 3 Day 2 Night Hiking and Elephant Experience (6500 baht).
All of these tours include transportation to and from your hotel, an English speaking guide, uniform for camp activities, food to feed the elephants and a traditional Thai lunch buffet. So, if you want to have a once in a lifetime experience with some of the most amazing and intelligent animals in the world, while at the same time helping to preserve their natural habitat, visiting the Chiangmai Elephant Sanctuary will be a worthwhile experience for you!
The Kanta/Elephant Valley and Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries
The Kanta, Elephant Valley and Elephant Sanctuaries are all located in the Chiangmai region. These sanctuaries all adhere to ethical standards of treating and caring for elephants- elephant riding is prohibited, and the elephants are allowed to roam in the wild in their natural habitats and are not trained to entertain people.
Visitors are encouraged to feed the elephants, touch them and learn about their history and peculiarities to ensure that the animals are protected and interacted with sustainably. Some of the tours available to you at these elephant sanctuaries include; Full Day Elephant Lovers and Temple Tour (2500 baht) at the Elephant Valley Sanctuary. At the Ethical Elephant Sanctuary, you can enjoy a Half Day Tour for 1500 baht; a Full Day Visit is for 2100 baht and a Two Day 1 night Tout for 4200 baht.
The Kanta Elephant Sanctuary offers a full day tour for 2500 baht and Half Day Tour for 1300 baht. These are some of the best elephant sanctuaries to visit in the Chiangmai region of Thailand because elephants at these locations are treated with respect and every effort is made to protect the animals and the environment.
You will be contributing to the sustainable development of the Chiangmai region of Thailand when you visit. So, go ahead and book your tour today, you will enjoy the unique experience!
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary provides a home for elephants that have been rescued from abuse and overwork and strives to rehabilitate and lengthen the lives of the gentle creatures.
This sanctuary is located on 30 acres of lush forest in the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park in the Phuket region. All of the herd at the Phuket Sanctuary are allowed the freedom to be elephants without any unnecessary abuse from a man.
If you want to contribute to the protection of the large mammals, no other sanctuary in the Phuket region provides a better experience than the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary!
So, go ahead and book your tour here today! You can book the Morning Tour Program or Afternoon Program for 3500 baht per person including transportation and The Full day Program for 6500 baht.