Best places to see elephants in Thailand

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You are looking for a place to see elephants in Thailand? Here are some suggestions for you:

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Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park is one of the most respected and famous elephant conservation projects in the country. Elephant Nature Park is located near the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai and is home to more than 35 free roaming elephants, many of which have been rescued from the logging and tourism industries. A day out at Elephant Nature Park is both informative and fun. Longer volunteer placements are also available.

Address: Elephant Nature Park, 209/2 Sridom Chai Road, Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai

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Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital

For a truly unique elephant experience, visit Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) Hospital. This hospital is one of the few elephant hospitals in the world and is dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of elephants. Here, you’ll learn how professionals treat sick elephants and see the fantastic equipment they have to help elephants return to good health. Visitors are not permitted to get too close to the elephants, in an effort to protect the vulnerable creatures during their healing process.

Address: Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital, Wiang Tan, Hang Chat District, Lampang

Elephant Hills

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Elephant Hills is located in the picturesque Khao Sok National Park. This glamping-come-elephant-sanctuary mimics the atmosphere of an African safari. Luxurious accommodation, matched with an ethical animal home may not appear to be the perfect combination. However, this location offers guests an immerse jungle experience and opportunities to bathe, feed and interact with the elephants. Elephant Hills won the esteemed Thai Green Excellence Award for Animal Welfare in 2015 and adheres to a strict no-riding policy.

Location: Elephant Hills, Khlong Sok, Phanom District, Surat Thani

Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

The esteemed Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) has nine animal welfare projects across the country. Their elephant refuge centre is located close to Hua Hin and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Thailand’s elephant conservation issues, while walking with and bathing the elephants. The refuge centre is also home to a host of other rescued animals, including monkeys and bears. Choose to visit for the day or sign up for a one-week immersive experience.

Location: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), 108 Moo 6, Tha Mai Ruak, Tha Yang, Phetchaburi

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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary has numerous locations throughout the country. However, its flagship branch is located in Chiang Mai. The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary works tirelessly to promote respect for the Asian elephant, ethical treatment of elephants and awareness about issues related to irresponsible tourism practices. The sanctuary is home to over 30 elephants who have been rescued from abuse. The elephants are lovingly cared for at the sanctuary. During your visit, you’ll walk with an elephant and watch them roam freely. For an additional immersive cultural experience, you can overnight in a local Karen village.

Address: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Mae Win, Mae Wang District, Chiang Mai.

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