Elephant Nature Park
Elephant tourism is huge. Without prior knowledge or research it may be difficult to know, should you really ride an elephant in Thailand?
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Prior to my trip to Thailand, it was impossible to scroll through my social media newsfeeds and not see a photo of someone riding an elephant. I’ll admit, years ago, I didn’t know a great deal about the elephant industry and after seeing all the pictures, I did have an urge to ride an elephant myself. What a once in a lifetime experience I often thought to myself, as I’m sure many people do.
As is the case with most people who go to Chiang Mai, we decided we wanted to go and see some elephants while we were there. We had heard some stories about tourist camps who mistreat the elephants, so we decided to do a bit of research to see which would be the best one to go to.
After researching we came across Elephant Nature Park, we decided that it seemed like the best one for us. Their website states that their aim “has always been to provide a sanctuary and a rescue for elephants”. Their office is located in the centre of Chiang Mai. We booked through the central office for 2500 Baht ($71) each. This may seem a little expensive compared to other offers from companies around Chiang Mai, but from what I’m about to explain I’m sure you will understand why it’s worth paying that bit extra.
Chiang Mai is a beautiful and relaxed city in Northern Thailand. With a mixture of ancient temples and a lively bar scene, it is not surprising Chiang Mai is the destination for many travellers in South-East Asia. As the largest city in Northern Thailand, there’s so much that can be done here. Not surprisingly the majority of backpackers who begin their journey in Bangkok, as we did, make their way to Chiang Mai from Bangkok.