One of my favourite places in the world, Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai Thailand (http://www.elephantnaturepark.org).
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I visited “Elephant Nature Park” for a single day, the first time I went to Thailand.
(Noteworthy, we arrived the night of the big tsunami. We were fine, but some parts of our trip had to be modified. Our travel agents we Bangkok were amazing. We told them we just needed a place to sleep and we didn’t care where, as long as we caused them the minimum of work because we knew how busy they were. They rerouted us to Chang Rai for 2 nights and then 3 on the “other” coast that was not impacted by the Tsunami.)
The Thai people we some of the most amazing I’ve ever met, but the most memorable part was the trip to the Elephant Nature Park http:/www.elephantnaturepark.org
These elephants didn’t do tricks or perform. The elephants get to be elephants. No shows or rides or anything. Tourists get to watch them just be elephants. Oh, yes, you do get to hand feed them, go for a walk surrounded by elephants and give them their bath. You can visit for a day or a week or more. I visited only for a day the first time I went, but returned the next year to spend 2 weeks as a volunteer elephant helper. A magical place.
Enjoy the photos.