Ride an Elephant in Thailand

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Pickles Pickles

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This was truly a once in a lifetime experience as we got to feed, clean, ride and swim with the elephants. Such an amazing adventure.

You dont just hop on and ride the Elephants, this is all about learning the elephants, understanding what makes them unique and forming a bond. It was a great day that culminated in us swimming with the elephants in the river and washing them, before they turned around and sprayed us with water from their trunks. A very special experience


laura.cody.33 laura.cody.33

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Amazing experience!



anna.deschutter anna.deschutter

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April 5, 2011. I got picked out of the public to ride an elephant without a chair, just in his neck. Afterwards everyone could get on an elephant, but in carriers, not in the neck. Guess I was pretty lucky!

ashleigh.j.warrington ashleigh.j.warrington

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did this last year when i went traveling in Thailand for a month with my friends.  i had the best time ever. i cant wait to go back again one day.. i did ride an elephant in Thailand it was one the best things i ever done in my life. 

sophiemelia sophiemelia

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I didn't think the elephants were treated very well. I'd like to go back and do it again in a place where the elephants don't have a chair strapped to them or chains and you get to bathe them in the river.


jesscrayne jesscrayne

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When in Thailand, of course you have to ride an elephant. But before you go to the next best elephant camp, inform yourself about how their elephants are treated. Ask you travel agency, your hotel staff or maybe even other guests. If you're not in a hotel, just ask the locals. They know best. Sitting on the elephant, I started to panic a bit because it was so high and the elephant sometimes almost walked down very steep hills that most definitely weren't routes meant to be taken by big, heavy animals. After some time i got used to our all-time-eating elephant and began to enjoy the ride. I can just recommend it!

carina.maria carina.maria

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 Amazing animals! 

Sinyoung Sinyoung

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Chiang Mai, Thailand (2012)

mvshyral85 mvshyral85

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It was fun riding 🐘.


lauren.prynne lauren.prynne

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Most surreal experience of my life.  

AliceInWanderland AliceInWanderland

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When I was 9 years old I was fortunate enough to go to Phuket and ride some Elephants.


thomas.henderson thomas.henderson

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As part of the Thailand Water Project, we finished off with a few days to rest in Chiang Mai and on one of the days we went to an elephant sanctuary and had an elephant ride.  

CrazyAngi CrazyAngi

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During September 2013, me and David got to ride an elephant and see some wonderful waterfalls in Thailand  

Julie_Kovalsky Julie_Kovalsky

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Ok, I am not proud of this goal.

I rode an elephant only because I wasn't aware how they are treated. After my trip with riding elephants I went to amazing Elephant Nature Park, close to Chiang Mai, and found out about brutal and painful training the elephants go through, before they are used in tourist industry.

In ENP you don't ride elephants but you can feed them and bath them.  So if you want to spend time with these beautiful creatures, don't ride them, don't attend shows with them, just go to one of the sanctuaries (e.g. ENP) and there meet those amazing animals.



bunnyfoofoo405 bunnyfoofoo405

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Patara Elephant Farm is a wonderful organization - they really care for their elephants! Getting up close and being an elephant caretaker was an amazing experience. I didn't particular enjoy the elephant ride itself - I don't do well riding on top of animals. 

berkleyhopkins berkleyhopkins

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with my big (audrey)


alysaurus alysaurus

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 I was around 6 or 5 when I rode the Elephant along with my parents in Chiang Mai. It was amazing! It felt fun to be up so high... on top of an elephant! To be honest, that was my dream to ride on any animal when I was younger. So I consider that one to be crossed out from my bucketlist.


Though may I suggest, be a bit careful with you slippers especially if you're going to be on the sides of the seats. My mom's slippers almost fell down!

eschaefer eschaefer

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Amazing day with KEP elephant tours (bareback elephant riding, bathing and playing with the elephants in the river, a fabulous lunch, bamboo rafting, and kayaking).


sandra_ursu@yahoo.com sandra_ursu@yahoo.com

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 The day we took the elephant ride was the best day ever! Although I don`t want to encourage the exploitation of animals, we booked an elephant trek during our holiday in Thailand. It was so great and we had so much fun and didn`t felt bad at all because the elephant-trainers really loved their elephant and treat them right. They were really spoiled with baths and bananas. I felt immediately in love when I saw the first elephant because they were friendly and so adorable. The name of our elephant was Ola Thai and he was the most sweet creature I`ve ever seen. Our tour was though the river and the jungle and lasts about 40-45 minutes. Overall it was an amazing day for both of us and we like to still think about it now that we are back home.

blaxican23 blaxican23

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Ride an elephant in Thailand. 


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