Arthur and I travelled to Chiang Mai, Thailand, from Toronto, Canada, in December 2012 and visited the Patara Elephant Farm to become elephant owners for the day. Unlike other Elephant Parks in Chiang Mai, the staff and owners at Patara focus solely on the health-care and breeding management for these endangered species and aid the recovery process for elephants injured by mine bombs - tourists come second.
When we arrived, we really had to work hard and learn what it meant to take care of these amazing creatures. This included feeding the elephants their daily meals, inspecting and squeezing out the water from fresh stool, bathing, scrubbing and washing the elephants in the river, and finally exercising the elephants in the jungle.
It was at the end of our day which we had the unique opportunity to play with a two month old female calf named Tara. As soon as she heard Arthur calling her, she ran over and cuddled with him non-stop. It was an adorable and unforgettable experience.
If you ever visit Chiang Mai, take the time to support Patara Elephant Farm and their cause - you will not regret it!
We recently visited the best elephant camp near Chiang Mai Thailand called Patara Elephant Farm! We spent the day feeding, bonding, baby sitting, trekking in the jungle, and of course bathing, washing, and swimming with the elephants. It is a life changing experience close to Chiang Mai, Rai, and the Golden Triangle that we encourage all to enjoy.
Riding Elephants In Chiang Mai Thailand by Nick Harborne
The Patara Elephant Farm. This was definitely on my bucket list of things to do in my life. It did not disappoint. From first introduction to the elephants and calfs, to the education program behind whats going on here, to feeding, riding and eventually bathing the elephants on the stream, this was such a magical and amazing day. One that I will never forget...
We went to South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand earlier this year. This is a compilation video of our amazing time during the Thailand trip: diving in Koh Tao, being an elephant caretaker for a day and Songkran in Chiang Mai.
Special shoutout to Master Divers (super diving school), where we got our SSI Open Water certificate.