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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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A must see; So much fun and love at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp

Thom and Aye the two hosts are incredible! So warm and friendly and caring of their guests. Their... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
jamesrelliot
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Toronto, Canada
Elephant visibly stressed and manhandled with bull hooks

Do NOT support this place please!! These elephants are not treated well and are visibly... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
amyrovig
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London, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible20%
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“the river” (96 reviews)
“bamboo rafting” (15 reviews)
“hot tub” (11 reviews)
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5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Thom and Aye the two hosts are incredible! So warm and friendly and caring of their guests. Their elephants are very friendly and so much fun to ride (properly, on the neck/shoulders) and to bathe and play with in the river. Plus, they will give...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Do NOT support this place please!! These elephants are not treated well and are visibly distressed. We stopped at this place twice to observe the elephants in their tiny pens with concrete floors by the roadside. The first day (yesterday), the a large female was...More

2  Thank amyrovig
PaiThom, General Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days 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

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did going with the elephant to the river, bamboo rafting and lunch including hut tob in the price. They treat the elephants great, the elephants are friendly, the bamboo rafting was fun and lunch felt like home made and was amazing!!! We had an...More

Thank שיר ק
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Really bad, at the entrance you can see that elephants have chains and look very unhappy...it's a really tourist crap. If you want a really good experience with this beautiful animals you can find that on the elephant nature park...no chains, no hook. Also don't...More

6  Thank Daniela Catarin... C
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Here are not chained to the elephant's legs. You can try to find out a bit more information about my camp. For a couple of weeks or longer. How much time do you actually spend here? I generally agree with you that in most of...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This place had some negative reviews about chained elephants - ignore them, that's another camp. This one didn't chain the elephants, and they looked well fed and cared for. Had a great time bathing one, and riding bareback too. Friendly staff and you get a...More

Thank christophermosses
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I've spent three months volunteering at this camp. Elephants are treated there with respect and they are being very well taken care of. There's a lot to understand about elephants in Thailand, it's easy to say they should all be free, but it's really not...More

2  Thank Marta U
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Thom grew up with elephants so she really looks after them well. I asked her about training them and she said it's a slow process as they do it through repetition of actions whilst saying a word- basically the same way you'd train your dog....More

1  Thank Eilahaha
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

We just visited the camp while driving around the region and played with the elephants. I don't know how bad riding really is for the elephants and if they really like it better to just bath all day with tons of tourists like in many...More

Thank shiningbrighter
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Elephants were chained on to concrete floor with not even a foot of slack. Do not go here. Saw one man riding with a hook. Elephants looked distressed and depressed.More

Thank Gina C
PaiThom, Owner at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Hi, I'm very upset reading your review. You are not talking about our elephants, you must have mistaken us with the opposite camp. Our elephants are not chained and they have space to move around. In the evening we take them to the mountains where...More

Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

We went past here on our bikes and stopped to give the elephants a cuddle and a banana. I do not condone elephant riding or camps whatsoever but these animals still deserve love, especially when they're captivated like this. This was however the only group...More

Thank Bethany C
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Samantha 'manta... K
23 January 2017|
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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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