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.