No visit to Thailand is complete without visiting the country’s national animal and seeing the elephants in all their majestic glory. You will want to ensure that you visit an elephant nature park that is ethical and treats its animals with the utmost respect. Thankfully, attitudes are changing in Thailand towards these beautiful animals, and places offering elephant rides are now few and far between. However, plenty of places you can visit throughout the country take excellent care of their elephants and allow tourists to get up close and personal with them. Below are some of the best places to see the elephants in Thailand that you are sure to enjoy and get plenty of fantastic pictures and memories.
When you visit Ching Mai, you can go to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and spend half a day, a full day, or an overnight stay with the elephants. You will learn plenty about these beautiful animals that will see you leaving with a newly found respect for them. Watch them play, feed them, and take them for a bath, and you are sure to have a fantastic time when you visit.
If you are heading to Phuket, you can also enjoy an experience with the elephants and visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. It was the first elephant sanctuary opened on the island and it is still a massive attraction that tourists flock to when visiting the island.
Another destination where the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary has a park you can visit is in Pattaya. It is not as big as the other venues and was the first elephant sanctuary in Chon Buri province. You can spend half a day visiting the elderly female elephants and the younger ones, feeding them, and watching them play in their family group.
The island of Koh Samui also has an Elephant Jungle Sanctuary attraction you can visit, and it is another location that only offers half-day visits. However, you will still have the chance to learn about these pachyderms, give them some food and also take them for a bath, which they love.
The elephants in Thailand are in a precarious situation as they no longer work in the logging industry. All the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary profits go towards helping these beautiful animals, so it is a worthwhile cause. When you go to Thailand on holiday, visit one of these fantastic parks and do your bit to help the elephants of Thailand, and have a wonderful time in the process.