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Reviewed 9 January 2015

This trip a group eight of us spent the "Single Day Visit" day with the elephants. We were hoping to get the Pamper a Pachyderm - Full Day Visit but it was full. Nevertheless we were thrilled with the experience. The age of our group ranged from late 20's to early 60's and all of us were completely engaged and enjoyed the experience. Once the feeding is done, you get good quality time with these amazing animals and learn about them in good detail. The hands on washing and splashing with the elephant in the river was a highlight. The buffet lunch was surprisingly good and adequate - no complaints from anyone.

The day gave a good overview to the point that some of our group decided that they would return in the future to join one of the multi-day programs.

You will learn more than you likely anticipate, and the staff and volunteers all seem to enjoy what they are doing (and it shows). All in all, a great activity well worth the small fee (2500 Bt) that suits all ages.

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank yvrdude
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Reviewed 9 January 2015 via mobile

This was the absolute highlight of my stay in Chiang Mai, myself and my boyfriend were picked up by Mr Dong and Mr Pat who were our tour guides for the day and they were absolutely brilliant! There was a small group of 6 people, 3 elephants, 3 mahoots and our guides. We had breakfast on arrival at the camp- fried eggs and toast and then fed the beautiful elephants watermelon and bananas before walking through the jungle with them for hours! We stopped for lunch which was rice and vegetables with fruit and it was tasty.
This is elephant conservation at its best. These elephants have been saved from a life of hell- being used for logging, trekking, circuses and street begging and ENP have rescued them and given them the kind of life they deserve!!! No cruelty here, the elephants Mahoots are shown a better way to treat their elephants. The elephants do not have to do anything they do not want to, they walk at their own pace, approach you if they want to and eat whenever they want to! My favourite elephant was Mai Dang who had only been rescued a week previous from trekking- she is around 40 years old and has worked all her life and has an injury from a previous broken leg that didn't heal properly- it was amazing to see her and the other 2 elephants just being free and treated with the respect they deserve. ENP does amazing work- please pay the extra money to do one of the tours here - this is the ONLY place in the whole of Thailand that is a genuine elephant rescue and charity! the stories you hear of how the elephants have been treated are truly harrowing and you know your money here is truly going towards something positive for elephant conservation!!!! Thank you so much to Mr Dong and Mr Pat for your time and expertise and for making this the once in a lifetime experience it was! Everyone must come here!!!!!!!

4  Thank kirstyaws
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Reviewed 8 January 2015

Volunteering for a week at ENP

Great experience
Good Food
Interesting knowledge from guides on culture

Would Recommend to anyone who has a week in Chiang Mai

Date of experience: February 2014
1  Thank Kristian B
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Reviewed 8 January 2015

What a wonderful way to spend a day and support a wonderful cause! I must say, I think about this part of our vacation ever single day. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. The "pamper" experience allows you to walk for hours with these majestic mammals feeding them, hugging them and enjoying their company. Our guide, A, was very informative, fun and helpful throughout the day. He answered everyone's questions and it was clear that he truly loved what he was doing. We also got to bath the elephants, which was hilarious to me as I got soaked. The Nature Park is also home to a dog rescue and also seems to have a cat rescue as there are many adorable and happy kitties ready to be loved up. After are wonderful walk, we also did a little water rafting which was so much fun! If you choose to do pamper don't forget to bring a change of clothes! you will get wet! Don't worry about food as they supply you with a delicious luch, and a cookie/tea before they shuttle you home. If you want to experience Asia elephants in Chiang Mai, please go to the Nature Park. If you must choose another place, I encourage you to do your research and make sure you aren't supporting elephant slavery. If you have to ride an elephant please don't choose a company that uses the metal seats. These seats are known to damage the elephants spines permanently.

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank Amber B
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Reviewed 8 January 2015

After umming and ahhing about which elephant trip organisers to go for and a lot of internet research, i found a post on the trip advisor forum about this group who give a more elephant friendly experience.
I was worried about signing up for a tour where the elephants were mistreated and this would taint the experience for us, so this was the deciding factor on why to go with Elephant Nature Park.

The van transfer was a bit bumpy (don’t sit at the back if you suffer with motion sickness) but it was worth it for the amazing day we spent with the elephants.
We fed, walked and bathed them and also had an amazing lunch in a bamboo shack amid the trees.
We also had a bit of white water rafting at the end of the day, which, as a non-swimmer, was not as scary as it sounds.....great fun in fact.

What this company are doing is amazing and i only wish that more tour groups would take this on-board. We did see other tours with people riding elephants and the elephants were being sling-shot in the eyes to walk and hit with sticks, its just not fair and not something i would want to pay for.
For anyone who wants an elephant friendly experience, this is the company to go for.

Date of experience: December 2014
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