A trip to the elephant park, even just one of them, is a must when in Thailand. And for the more adventurous, a ride on this huge animal would be a great experience as well.
Located in the northern province of Chiang Mai, the Elephant Nature Park is a rescue and rehabilitation center which welcomes both volunteers and visitors. Established in the 1996 courtesy of Sangduen “Lek” Chailert and her husband, it covers an area of 800 hectares and bordered by a river. Providing a sanctuary for rescued elephants was the main objective of the couple when they started their project. The place now provides a natural environment for the elephants and provides a learning experience to people visiting from other countries.
The Baan Chang park also offers an opportunity for people to learn about the behaviors and lifestyle of elephants. Visitors can learn to bath the animals and ride on them through the hills and jungles. In addition, a one-day elephant mahout training can be experienced here. A mahout is the term used to refer to a caretaker of elephants.
Maetaeng Elephant Park and Elephant Hospital is another option. The place features an elephant show with these big animals even painting on a canvas. Visitors can also ride on them, get up close and touch the elephants. This park is situated on the banks of the Maetaeng River in the Maetaman Valley.
While these parks are found in different places, they have one common goal and that is to rescue these huge animals and preserve their species for the long term.
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