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Today was one of my favourite days in Thailand because I got to spend it with elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. It does not offer elephant riding and actually rescues elephants from riding camps and farmers who cannot care for them.
The site is located hour and a half outside the Chiang Mai in the countryside. The sanctuary is adjacent to a forest and has a river running through the property which is perfect for the elephants. We decided on the morning half day program which is 1700 baht. It was well worth the money and I was extremely satisfied; I couldn’t stop smiling.
We were surrounded by two adults, one adolescent, and two baby elephants. One of which was six months old. I had never been that close to an elephant before. I was a little nervous at first, but they are very gentle creatures for their size. However, the young ones are a little crazy! The elephants’ skin is leathery and rough with black hair sparsely spaced on it. Their eyes are intelligent and calm. My mom was actually quite scared of getting too close so I got some funny photos of her reactions to them.
Not only did our group (probably around 20 people) get to feed the elephants bananas and sugar cane, but we also got to take a dip in a mud bath with them, followed by washing them off in the river. Lots of photo opportunities were presented and the company even had its own photographer. Later they uploaded to Facebook (free of charge).
We arrived back at our hotel around 1:30 and jumped in the pool!