I spent an amazing day at Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand and I'm really excited to share the experience!
On the recommendation of some family members, I visited this beautiful elephant sanctuary after they experienced being an 'elephant owner for the day'.
At the farm, you're trained on how to approach an elephant, how to check their health, and how to talk to them in Thai. I had a wonderful time. Plus, I got some amazing pictures to remember the day forever.
I didn't look into other options before booking, but was aware that there are many places in Chiang Mai. There are some places focused exclusively on elephant rides. Others, have positioned themselves as sanctuaries, camps, farms or retirement parks.
Patara is well known for offering an incredible opportunity to develop a trusting, though brief, relationship with an elephant for an entire day.
#Wisely - Think twice before believing any propaganda about the domesticated elephants in Thailand spread by those so-called animal conservationists. Don't let anyone take advantage of your generosity.
We had an awesome day being a "trainer for a day" we took care of our own elephant and held the responsibilities of building trust, cleaning, and bathing the elephant. We also got to take a short ride bare back through the Chiang Mai jungle!
The best way to learn about elephants and take care of one of them for a hole day is at Patara Elephant Farm. We took the plane from Bangkok to Chiang Mai only to spend a day with the elephants at Patara. It was worth it!
Spending the day caring for the elephants at the Patara Elephant Farm in Northern Thailand was by far one of the best experiences I've ever had. I'll never forget "Hannah" the mischievous little baby elephant.
The founder of Patara Elephant Farm shares his perspective on the responsibilities of elephant healthcare and population management and the role of educational and ethical tourism in modern elephant conservation.