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Thom's Pai Elephant Camp

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5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
+66 53 699 286
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Real Elephant Sanctuary! BEAUTIFUL...

If you want a REAL experience then read on. If your stuck in your mind set and judgements based on... read more

Reviewed today
Grace Gabriella P
Disgusting. Elephants are Confined and Treated Poorly.

We went to see elephants, and left disgusted by Thom's Pai Elephant Camp. The animals were kept in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Yonah P
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Thom's was the first elephant camp in Thailand where visitors could ride elephants without a seat, play with them and swin together in the river. Thom grew up with her elephants, played with them as a child, and knows how much fun it is to spend the time with these wonderful animals. Thom's father was also an experienced trainer of young elephants and passed on his knowledge to Thom. Thom's Elephant Camp also offers specialist Mahout Training Courses. It starts with the introduction into elephant care, the verbal and body language to communicate with the elephants, followed by hand on practises. How to ride, play, feed, bath and take care of the elephants. Thom's Elephant Camp also offers beautiful bungalows and accomodation, mineral hot tub and spa retreat, Organic Farming and Mahout Course, sight seeing tours and of course wonderful elephant mountain and river treks.
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5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
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+66 53 699 286
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Reviewed today

If you want a REAL experience then read on. If your stuck in your mind set and judgements based on how some other horrific camps operate, then don’t bother <3 I had the honour of living and volunteering here back in 2013. I actually stayed...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see elephants, and left disgusted by Thom's Pai Elephant Camp. The animals were kept in shackles, hit with spiked sticks, and confined to cramped spaces. 10/10 would not recommend. Do not give these people your money.More

Thank Yonah P
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PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Your judgment without trying to find out a bit more information about my camp. You didn’t try to speak to me or to any foreign volunteers, who come to help me and stay here for couple of weeks or longer. How much time have you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While it’s sad to see the elephants still in captivity, they are treated very well here; and if thy weren’t here then someone would have them on the street doing tricks. Tutdao and I went for a walk and a swim, and although she was...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Look behind the scenes! It was amazing. We did the two weeks elephant course and it was such a great experience. We stayed in one of their newest apartments which are really big and clean. If you stay their over the night you can bring...More

1  Thank 95Christina
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

So, on my own motor scootering around Pai, found two elephant camps and had a chat about what was available for a single person. One on the left, looked more professional, but also wanted me to come back and join a group for a considerable...More

Thank Schimpf
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

I am not educated about elephants in the least, however, Thom, the owner is. My son and I booked a stay at the sanctuary. The bungalow was nice, with air conditioning and full bath facility. We arrived by bus ( big van) in the center...More

1  Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Let me start off by saying that I did not do my research. I only had a few days after songkran in Pai and I really wanted to go see some elephants, so I looked up the most ethical one they had. I came across...More

2  Thank Nicholas H
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

Pretty average for an elephant camp :-) And I suppose some are always willing to grumble about animal exploitation. The elephants seem happy enough though. Be prepared, riding on one is a good split for your thigh muscles. The ride is slow as the guys...More

1  Thank Chuck B
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

These poor beautiful animals are chained up standing next to the street all day waiting for groups of tourist to pay for feeding bananas to them. Bad conditions, worst surrounding, elephants with unnatural behavior. Shame on everyone who's in charge of these beautiful creatures or...More

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PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2018

Here don't have chained them!!!!!! It's another camp and near our camp. You're beautiful but not smart to watch.Your judgment without trying to find out a bit more information about my camp. You didn’t try to speak to me or to any foreign volunteers, who...More

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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Thom is a 4th generation Mahout and treats her elephants like her children. The elephants were healthy

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Yoshiko T
I saw a mother elephant and a baby elephant at the entrance in a tiny space. The mother elephant was chained both front legs so close together. She was visibly stressed in a tiny space and she was constantly stamping feet in the same spot. It looks difficult for her to balance with her front feet so closely changed together. Her baby was constantly trying to put the foot outside the fence. Their pen was so small. I asked a lady at the reception and I was told that the mother elephant was chained so that she doesn't hurt the visitors in order to protect her baby. I feel so sorry for these beautiful elephants. We as tourists want to see elephants in nature NOT the ones in chained in a tiny pen! I hope you understand what tourists expect. Please leave those mother and baby elephants in your large safari without chain where they are safe and enjoy the freedom. You will have more tourists to see happy elephants.
16 January 2018|
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Response from Yoshiko T |
Oh I am so sorry. It must be a wrong place then. I went to a place where long neck village is near floating market. There is a acirivities to have a bath with elephant too..I can't remember the name. Could you please help me... More
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Response from PaiThom | Property representative |
How you know my elephant is poor? My family we had elephant for long tome ago. we not make only money. Please just stop riding a horses in your country before you complain another people. Just think about your country. and... More
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