We have a 50 Rai (80,000 square meters/8 Hectares) of farmland at the riverside just outside Pai. We have decided that in future we shall carry out our mahout training in this beautiful and undisturbed environment. Nguan is already on the farm, bathing in luxury. She has 50 Rai of fresh fodder and is directly next to the Pai River.
An elephant is around nine feet (2.7 m) tall and weighs about 3.5 tons (3,500 kg). Elephants are sensitive creatures but, when scared, they can also be very dangerous. It is necessary for the mahout to carry a bull hook at all times, when out with his elephant — in case of an emergency.
It is impossible to control a scared animal with your bare hands. Mahouts at other camps may sometimes use the hook to give the animals directions, but we at Thom’s disagree with this entirely.
Tutdao is the super star of this camp. If you have a look at her eye-lashes, you will understand the name.
Ot is a very friendly and playful elephant, she's also stubborn. She loves to eat all the time, especially fruit. She will give you a hug if you feed her.