This place is amazing!!! It's family run and the elephants are so well treated and seem so happy.
The staff are absolutely lovely you can see how much they love these beautiful creatures.
Our first part of the trip was taking them for a walk, which was fantastic. We then got into the river with them and played with them. Such an incredible experience and something I'd recommend to all.
Visited July 2016 Linzey
There are hundreds of places you can ride an elephant in Thailand. Thom's was the experience of a lifetime. Meeting your elephant first, then feeding her (all females), climbing on her back and riding through the countryside without a harness is just the start. Going through the river was incredible. It's a little dirty but not too deep to stand in.
Don't want to spoil the surprise, but there's a great one.
Visited April 2017 Janis S.
What a super place to stay!
The Bungalows are exactly as described and surrounding area was out of this world and to wake up to elephants walking past your window in the morning – Wow!
We had a fantastic time & can't wait to visit again next year!
Visited April 2015 Adam & Laura
We walked with the elephant down to the river where our boys had a lovely time playing with the elephant. It is an experience they will remember all their lives. Thom's elephants are lovingly cared for
Visited July 2016 David
I spent three months volunteering at this camp. The elephants there are treated with respect and they are being very well taken care of. There's a lot to understand about elephants in Thailand, it's easy to say they should all be free, but it's really not that simple. If you want to have a close experience with those amazing creatures I can definitely recommend this place. Those elephants are domesticated and they are trained just like you would train your dog. The mahouts carry hooks on a stick but they are only for an emergency. All the other times they are just being ,poked' to go in the right direction or if their are being naughty, but all in a gentle manner. Them, the owner is a very hardworking woman with a big heart, who does whatever she can to make sure her elephants are happy. You can ride barefoot (no seat ever!) but Thom prefers if you just walk with them to the river and have some splashy fun. Also it is important to say, that the elephants stay in the mountains overnight with ample space.
Visited July 2017 Marta
Cannot describe my love for this place!
Thom is so passionate about her elephants.
You could see the love she has and it really shows with the happiness of the elephants. She only has 3 elephants but they are her family!
There were only the two of us so we got an elephant each, we hiked to the river and bathed them. We were able to collect their food, feed them throughout the day and spend quality time with them.
Between each encounter with humans they are fed, rested and area is cleaned in plenty of time ready for the next trip. We were able to bathe in the hot water springs hot tub which was very refreshing.
I would recommend anyone to visit even if it’s just to feed these beautiful animals!
Visited June 2016 Lauren
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My husband and I had a wonderful time here. I highly recommend it. I have to say, in no way are these animals abused.
While walking with the elephant, and playing in the river with it, the trainer does carry a small tool to discipline the animal if needed. Our trainer seldom used it, but considering you are dealing with a 3-4 ton animal standing 10 feet tall, it’s necessary.
At one point the trainer had sat his tool down and forgot to grab it as we were moving on, and the elephant stopped, picked it up and handed it to him. After our adventure with Ot, the elephant we rode, she was put back in her stall and fed greens and bananas. While sitting and eating lunch, we noticed how clean the stalls are kept.
Visited May 2016 Jessica
We stayed 2 weeks at the camp as volunteers and really enjoyed this time. Thom and Ae are 2 great women who care a lot about their customers and volunteers, we came as volunteers and left as friends. The camp has all the comfort needed, with a big wonderful area. It was a real pleasure to work with the mahouts and to discover the lifestyle and personality of elephants. We would highly recommend this camp !
Let's go to share your life with Ot, Tutdao and Nguan!
Visited March 2016 Mandondri
We stopped by quickly to feed the elephants (for a 20 baht donation). The elephants weren't chained up and looked well. The areas were cleaned regularly too. They were happy to interact with us and loved being fed. The staff offered us a hike down to the river but we kindly refused as we didn’t have time.
Visited April 2016 Tom J.