I went to Thailand on vacation for a couple weeks with a buddy, I got to see a good chunk of the beautiful country and eat delicious food. I also got to be an elephant owner for a day, at Patara Elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai. It was an awesome experience that I will never forget. You get to learn about elephants, how to ensure they are healthy, feed them, bath them, and ride them bareback (which is actually good for the animal). I did a bunch of research before choosing which elephant place I would visit, and this was the best one I could find. It is costly compared to others, but knowing how much they care for the animals, it's well worth it. I would look into this place if you are going to Chiang Mai. Here's a little video of my adventure, hope you enjoy.
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.