Elephant Valley Thailand

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Elephant Valley Thailand

Elephant Valley Thailand
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Elephant Valley Thailand was Chiang Rai's elephant sanctuary. Established in 2016 it closed in May 2020 due to Covid19 crisis.
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Eleni
London, UK6 contributions
Beautiful Educational Experience
Mar 2020
I spent a lovely day at this elephant-friendly sanctuary. I went for the Elephant Safari option which included half a day at the elephant sanctuary and half a day at another location where elephants are rehabilitated in their natural environment. I investigated a lot in advance and I am so proud of choosing this particular sanctuary... Everything is about the elephants' well-being; no touching, no bathing, nothing human-focused. During the first part of the tour we were not allowed to reach them closer than 15m and, as they cannot see further than 8m, we were observing them while enjoying life. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spent a lot of time with us answering all kinds of questions. Due to the recent drop in tourism I was privileged to be the only one spending the second part of the tour(the actual safari) with the sanctuary's manager, Jack. Jack shared a lot of information and insights of his project with me and I believe he is a unique individual with a pure vision. I was touched to be part of this project with my contribution, fellow travelers I would strongly recommend that you research in advance and invest your money in projects that really have a positive impact on this world, such as this one. The food offered was really tasty and the whole sanctuary space is a paradise on earth. Thank you Jack and Team, good luck with your efforts!
Written 7 April 2020
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Paul B
Dorking, UK17 contributions
Amazing
Mar 2020 • Couples
My wife and I spent a week volunteering at elephant valley, all in all it was an amazing experience. This is one of a few genuine sanctuaries globally for elephants. If you love elephants and want to do something that will genuinely help elephants then this is the place to do that.
As with everywhere in Thailand make sure you have a good quality mosquito repellent and lots of it
Written 30 March 2020
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Zoe C
Hong Kong, China12 contributions
Love and Learn about Elephants
Mar 2020 • Family
I joined the morning Elephant Lovers tour with my mother on Saturday. Due to the recent drop in tourism we were privileged to enjoy it as a private tour, at the same time it is quite worrying for the sanctuary to cover its operation costs--each of their lovely elephants eats 400-500kg of food per day! We learned so many interesting fun facts and knowledge like this about elephants, and of course their background too and some of which could be heartbreaking to hear. Our guide of the day, Miss Bim was full of passion, patience and knowledge. She eagerly shared with us all about this project they've been working very hard on to educate the elephants like children, taking baby step at a time and providing specific care (e.g. a very cute pedicure session) and guidance to each of them based on their needs and progress. The ultimate goal is to teach them to be less human-like or human dependant and so to rehabilitate them into the wild. We then understood the good reason behind the distance we had to maintain at all times (except a short round of snacks feeding). It was a bliss to simply watch them "being elephants" from afar. Any real Elephant Lovers will not be disappointed and find their time and money well spent. Did I mention the home cooked lunch was super tasty? Thank you, EVT for such incredible experience.
Written 16 March 2020
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Inga P
Darmstadt, Germany14 contributions
Happy elephants
Mar 2020 • Solo
This is a REAL sanctuary! No riding, no bathing, they just learn to be an elephant and enjoying life. Such a nice place with lovely people doing their best for the elephants and the target of reintroduction into the wild. Yes, it is expensive, but it is totally worth it and you Support a great project! I had a full day of elephants, spent a night and volunteered at the next day. Had a great time!
Written 13 March 2020
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55mariab123
Bath, UK20 contributions
It's all about the elephants
Mar 2020
We arrived for a morning session and were in a group about 14, later split into two groups. So impressed by the knowledge of the staff during the talk Q&A session. They explained about the purpose of the project, why they only had 4 elephants - the season was too dry to support a 5th- not enough water to play/wash or plant growth. We found out how the elephants worked together to 'teach' the elephants who'd been treated badly , which took time and patience. We saw saw two mahouts for two of the elephants and found why they were needed.
We knew not to expect close contact apart from feeding bamboo chunks and leaves, and why we stopped feeding them after a short amount of time, and to walk away so they don't expect humans.watching their natural instincts when they went to the water hole and then getting out and running off into the trees and trumpeting loudly. There was no way we could have been closer without inhibiting their natural behaviour . we shared a delicious meal at the end. Wonderful stuff.
Written 11 March 2020
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Ivan1972
Antwerp, Belgium8 contributions
The real ethical experience
Mar 2020 • Couples
If you are an selfish nincompoop this is not the place 4 u.There is no elephant riding,washing or petting.They learn elephants to be elephant again after beeing exploited by humans.But do not worry you get to feed them. This is a place where they let you observe from a safe, not to far distance so you do not disturb there reintegration in there natural ways.If you still want to support there cause you have my respect and i wish you a pleasant and educational day.
Written 10 March 2020
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Jo G
Guildford, UK223 contributions
Not as good as other elephant experiences and not good value
Feb 2020
I really wanted to love our half day at Elephant Valley Thailand because I loved the elephants at Khao Sok. I'm afraid we (a group of 4) were disappointed in our half day, though. We found the charge of 1600 Baht each too high for what we got. We were picked up from our hotel in a truck and driven the half hour or so to Elephant Valley, picking up others on the way. I'm sure I remember that when I booked this visit, the website said that there would be only 8 people per group but there were at least 30 when we arrived, split into two groups. A guide took us into the enclosure where the 4 elephants lived (and only 4 elephants seems rather few). We had to stay in the group and remain at least 25 metres from the animals. One was chained because he was apparently unfamiliar with anything else. The other 3 wandered around with mahouts. We spent a couple of hours watching them from a distance, then watched them being hosed down by their mahouts, also from a distance. Finally we were allowed to feed them bananas from the other side of a fence. This was all much less involvement than we experienced at Elephant Hills in Khao Sok. Their idea is that they want to promote 'wilding' on the elephants so they can release them into the wild eventually but they haven't released any so far - and the elephants are accompanied all day by their mahouts.

After all this we were given a group lunch, which was passable. Then we had to hang around for an hour or so before being delivered back to our hotel.

So I remain hugely impressed by the intelligence of elephants but not so impressed by Elephant Valley.
Written 8 March 2020
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_gerberdaisy0806
Venice, FL12 contributions
A true Sanctuary
Mar 2020 • Couples
The Elephant Valley Sanctuary in Chiang Rai is doing wonderful things!!! A visit is well worth the trip and you will feel great about where your money for admission is going! We spent a morning learning a vast amount about elephants and specifically the ones now at the sanctuary. It is so refreshing to see this approach to rehabilitation, supporting the elephants in away that they hopefully will be able to survive in the wild again one day on their own without human guidance and contact. Don’t expect to ride or get too close to these elephants, that is not the goal here. The beauty is on watching them roam freely, interact with each other and enjoy their daily schedule. Enjoy!!
Written 6 March 2020
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angel76love
Australia6 contributions
Highly recommended
Feb 2020 • Friends
We arrived for the afternoon session. Had lunch straight away. Was a fair bit of sitting around on the day. But so awesome to watch the elephants. We followed them around. Watched 2 of them have their feet done, be washed by their keepers. We got to feed them. Was so sad to hear their stories but glad they are being looked after now.
Written 27 February 2020
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Maia M
Chicago, Illinois, United States2 contributions
Amazing experience!
Feb 2020 • Friends
I had a wonderful time at Elephant Valley. It's a true sanctuary where the only interaction with the elephants is feeding them bananas. After getting to watch the elephants in going about their lives, EVT provided a delicious lunch. I then went on the safari to see the elephants that have moved to the larger, more independent area. It was fun watching them get to be themselves with little to no human interruption. Finally, I stayed the night. Only thing to note is that the accommodations are pretty barebones...I would advise sleeping in bug spray and preparing to take quick showers!

All around this was a great experience, especially knowing your dollars are supporting an ethical place that is trying to make life better for its elephants.
Written 23 February 2020
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