119 10 Thapae Rd, Chang Khlan Sub-district, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
I went to Elephant jungle Sanctuary camp 8 to do the half day morning program. I could not have asked for a better experience. The pick up time was punctual; The guides during our time were really nice and so funny, which makes the day even better. They explain all about the place, answer questions, take pictures and so on. They also have a photographer which is so nice. The time playing with the Elephants were really enough and during mud and shower time the Elephants are not forced to stay longer. To complete the lunch was amazing!! I would say it was one of my best days in Southeast Asia. I had a amazing and unforgettable day there! I highly recommend this place. There is Pregnant Elephant and I am so happy that her baby will be born in a nice environment 😀.
This is a great sanctuary that seems to really put a lot of care and time into taking care of their elephants the right way. All of the elephants were very happy and playful and the up close experiences were amazing. All of the guys that coordinated the day for us were very funny, friendly, and kind. We also liked that the grounds were a bit more secluded into the wilderness than other sanctuaries. The only pet we didn’t enjoy is the 2 hour journey sitting in the back of the pickup truck can be quite uncomfortable, especially on those small curvy roads. I know there’s not much that can be done about that due to the remote location in the wilderness, but maybe if the majority of the transport were done by a minibus it would help a lot until everyone transferred to the truck for the steep dirt roads.
My experience at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary was really amazing. Meeting the elephants up close was surreal! The guide and his crew was very friendly and accommodating. You can tell that they treat the elephants properly. I would love to go back to this place again
We visited Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Camp 9. The elephants clearly love the employees there. You get to feed, bathe with and wash the elephants. Definitely a unique experience when in Chiang Mai. They make sure to take pictures and post them so you can put your phone away and enjoy if you so choose! Would absolutely recommend.
All these reviews talking down on this sanctuary are absolutely false. They are either talking about a completely different tourist attraction or being hyper sensitive about the elephant’s conditions. Most people who leave 1 star reviews definitely have not been to an animal sanctuary in their life. I have gone and volunteered at a wolf SANCTUARY in Denver, Colorado, and it’s perfectly fine to feed and interact with wolves. (EVEN IF THEY NATURALLY DO NOT INTERACT WITH HUMANS). These animals are in sanctuaries now because they aren’t fit to be out in the wild anymore. They are actually in much better conditions receiving food, love, and safety from the harsh environment. This now relates back to the elephant sanctuary. The elephants were in no way being forced to do anything. They are well fed, show no signs of distress, and we followed where the elephants wanted to go. People are saying the elephants are “shackled” like they’re being chained down. In no way did I see any elephant being chained down. I also did not see anybody force the elephant’s movements or direction. There was a baby elephant the time I visited, and they allowed the elephant to run around. The elephant would playfully charge at me a couple of times but they would not stop him from doing that because NOTHING IN THE SANCTUARY WAS FORCED. Please support ethical animal sanctuaries, if not elephants go give your money to wolf sanctuaries, dolphin sanctuaries, tiger sanctuaries, I’m sure there’s countless ethical sanctuaries out there.
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