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Thom's Pai Elephant Camp

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Address: 5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
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+66 53 699 286
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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Thom's was the first elephant camp in Thailand where visitors could ride...

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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It's a difficult one, seeing giant animals in pens waiting for a few bananas isn't good, but seeing these amazing animals so close is an experience. So it's up to you? If you want... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a difficult one, seeing giant animals in pens waiting for a few bananas isn't good, but seeing these amazing animals so close is an experience. So it's up to you? If you want to see Elephants it's easy, you can feed them, touch them, but is also hard to see them confined.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Thom's elephant camp is a small camp outside Pai where guests can interact with the elephants feeding them, bathing them and riding them bareback up the mountain. The elephants are part of Thom's family and are very well cared for. All the staff have the elephants' best interests at heart and this is very evident. The days events can include... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

We should have known from the start, when they showed us to our room and it was dark, gross, infested with ants and spiders, and the shower was broken into three pieces around a large brown spot, that this place was not a legit outfit. We opted not to stay in said room, but continued with the bareback elephant tour.... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Went to Thoms elephant camp today as was under the impression from the signs and speaking with the front desk lady that they treat the elephants well and that they have plenty of space. We decided to pay for the experience to see for ourselves and were shocked and horrified with what we saw. First of all, 3 elephants were... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

People go to sanctuaries instead! You are smarter than this. Riding elephants is horrible for them- despite what you assume, their backs are NOT made for bearing weight. These elephants were kept chained up, obviously were 'broken' with bull hooks and the like. How can you like such wonderful creatures by supporting this abuse?

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We came here in the afternoon and there where 3 elephants eating bamboo. You were aloud to get up close to the elephants and touch them. For just 20 baht you would get a lot of bananas which you may feed to the elephant. Very nice experience. sad part is that they offer elephant rides.. something thats not ok :(.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Walked by this place today and after having visited Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai I was able to see how distressed these elephants were. Please do your research before you choose to support such a cruel business. Elephants are not meant to be ridden. It breaks their backs and dislocates joints.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We booked the elephant bathing, expecting a short walk with the elephant, and spending some time around and with them, caring and learning about them. What we got was a heart breaking experience. The elephants are kept in a tiny space, we had to ride them (which is definitely not what we signed up for). The trip was into a... More 

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PaiThom, Owner at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this review

We are sorry you didn't enjoy your experience. You can of course always choose if you want to ride OR walk with the elephants. We even encourage walking with them, as one can see on our website. We provide a video and pictures with every tour in order for every costumer to remember their trip with us. With an education... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

I spent two weeks here as a volunteer and enjoyed it so much. I met the most nice volunteers from all over the world and also local people. Everyone is really open and funny and chilled. The elephants are treated well. You can sure still criticize domestication, but the three elephant girls they have, spend the night in the mountain... More 

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PaiThom, Owner at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for you review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We went here on a group trip to Pai. The owner Thom was wonderful and full of information. We got to spend 30-40 mins riding the elephants down to the river and got to get in the river with them. It was a great experience. We got to feed the elephants bananas and thhey even picked us up with their... More 

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PaiThom, Volunteer at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this review

Thank you that you enjoyed your stay here so much. More 

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