Polaroid of the week: Elephant shower in Chiang Mai province, Thailand


Last Updated on February 22, 2021 by Dani

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We spent one day this week at the Elephant Nature Park north of Chiang Mai, an elephant sanctuary which is home to over 30 rescued elephants, mistreated by their previous owners. In a country where many elephants are still used to earn tourist money by offering rides or using them for begging in the streets, the founder of the park, Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, offers these previously abused elephants of all ages the chance to enjoy the rest of their lives naturally and without physical stress. It was an amazing experience seeing these giant animals up close, and we spent time feeding them and observing them as they interacted with the other elephants and their mahouts (elephant caretakers) in a natural habitat. One of our favorite parts of the day was when we bathed the elephants in the river – two different times. This was loads of fun for elephants and us visitors alike!

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    1. Awww, thanks Rease. It made us all so happy to be there exactly because the elephants are so happy. These guys live to be 70, 80 years old. They have long lives and experience so much. It’s a shame to think about what they have gone through in the past, but so uplifting to know that they have their freedom back now for the rest of their lives. We really loved being a part of that.

    1. Thanks Denise! It was hard not to get great shots – we had so many opportunities to be up close and personal with the elephants. You should definitely come to the reserve if you ever get the chance!

    1. Hi, yes for sure! That is why we went with this elephant park instead of an actual tourist attraction. Seeing the elephants in their natural habitat, watching them play, and hearing about their individual personalities and stories meant so much more than just seeing a group of nameless elephants doing some tricks. We felt that this one was a win-win situation for everyone involved!

  1. I’ve heard a ton about the Elephant Nature Park and we’re definitely going to make a trip there before we leave Chiang Mai. Elephants are the most intelligent and lovely animals, and it’s just devastating to learn about the abuse they’re put through with most tourist activities. It’ll be great to interact with them in a place where I know I’m not doing any additional damage!

    1. Christy, that’s exactly how we felt about the experience as well. When do you leave Chiang Mai? Maybe we’ll be able to meet up before we leave in a week or so? We’d love to hang out!

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