There is so much to do in Bangkok, you could easily while away a few days here or even a week. But if you’re just stopping off en route to somewhere else, here’s what Nathan would do with 24 hours in Bankgkok…
Elephants in Thailand
Elephants have played a crucial part in the history and culture of Thailand for centuries, and these magnificent creatures remain an enduring symbol of Thailand. This being said, it is vitally important to keep elephant safety and welfare in mind whilst ticking off a bucket list encounter with one of the country’s gentle giants.
Whilst we don’t offer elephant riding, nor do we encourage it, we have searched Thailand high and low for the most ethical ways to see them without the shackles of elephantourism. At Elephant Hills Tented Camp, located in the Khao Sok National Park, the elephants’ welfare is at the very heart of everything they do. There, you can spend two to four days interacting with the elephants and learning about their conservation, all whilst sleeping amidst the sights and sounds of the wildlife rich national park.
Further north in Chiang Rai, at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp, you can pair ultimate relaxation with a myriad of elephant focussed experiences. Learn from mahouts about elephant biology, behaviour and conservation, walk with the animals en route to a yoga class or enjoy a picnic with only the elephants for company. This is the perfect place to get up close to these incredible animals in a sustainable and ethical way.
Also in northern Thailand, the Elephant Nature Park is the perfect spot to spend a day with these incredible animals. Set up over 20 years ago to protect Thailand’s abused elephants and provide them with emergency treatment, the Elephant Nature Park, has elephant conservation at its core. It is a fantastic place to enhance your understanding of conservation efforts across Thailand whilst learning more about the individual elephants at the park. Help with feeding and bathing time or even take a walk with the animals on a truly enlightening and rewarding day out whilst staying in nearby Chiang Mai.
Within easy reach from the capital is the Elephant Nature Park’s sister project, Elephant Haven, established in 2015. Situated near Kanchanaburi, the park is a beautiful green space where elephants roam freely and you can spend the day bathing, feeding, walking and playing with them for that much needed nature fix and an escape from the bustle of Bangkok.
Learning about the incredible projects underway across Thailand which strive to protect Thailand’s captive elephant population is a hugely important and incredibly rewarding addition to your holiday itinerary. Speak to one of our specialists today about planning your elephant encounter.
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