My theory is better late than never, right? I went on an amazing trip to Thailand last year and have so many great videos from the trip. The problem? I have SO many these videos take forever to edit! I posted our Bangkok Travel Diary awhile ago, but Chiang Mai was probably my favorite place we visited in Thailand.
We got to take care of and ride elephants at the Pataca Elephant Sanctuary, which was one of the best experiences ever! We also rode around in tuk tuks, visited the famous Chiang Mai night market, had amazing Northern Thai food. AND, we were there for the infamous LANTERN FESTIVAL! UnREAL!
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!