Elephant Nature Park
“Elephant Nature Park is a unique project set in Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand. Established in the 1990’s our aim has always been to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants. The park is located some 60km from the city, and has provided a sanctuary for dozens if distressed elephants from all over Thailand.” - elephantnaturepark.org
I spent my second day in Chiang Mai here. We were picked up at our hostel and got to watch a documentary talking about the history and abuse of elephants in Thailand. It was pretty heavy and heartbreaking stuff. The founder of the park Sangduen Chailert (Lek) is truly inspiring. The amount of care she has towards elephants and her vision for the park is the reason I’m glad I chose this elephant park over others.
The first thing we did at the park was feed the elephants. The one I was feeding is named Mae Boon Ma. She is blind in her right eye and had a female partner. Later in the day we got to bathe the elephants in the river. I’d be keen to go back here someday and do the overnight stay.