Visiting An Ethical Elephant Park When On Holiday In Thailand
When you travel to Thailand on holiday, no trip is complete without enjoying a fantastic experience meeting the national animal, the elephant. There are many places where you can visit the elephants, and you will want to ensure that the facility you visit treats the animals ethically, which means no elephant rides. When looking for a suitable elephant conservation center, Thailand has many options throughout the country that offer similar experiences. Below is what you can expect when you visit one of these parks to know what you will experience and what an ethical park does with its animals.
Whatever elephant park you book your tour with, it will be an early start for you, and the park will send a minibus to collect you from your accommodation. They will transport you in air-conditioned luxury to the park and often play videos that show what you can expect when you arrive.
Arriving At The Elephant Park
When you arrive at the elephant park, some parks will offer you a change of clothes, so you do not get messy, and this is usually a top and a pair of fisherman’s pants. You will then go to the visitor centre where the elephants are waiting for you to feed them. You will learn many interesting facts about these fascinating animals; when the elephants have eaten, it is time for the humans to eat.
Touring The Park
Once you have lunch, you will tour the park facilities, where you can observe the elephants in their family groups. You will learn more interesting facts about these pachyderms and see them playing with one another. You can watch them enjoying a mud bath and dousing themselves with mud to help protect their skin, and in the middle of the afternoon, it is time to take the elephants for a bath.
Bathing The Elephants
You will need to change into appropriate swimming wear and go down to the river where the elephants eagerly await their bath. You can help the handlers bathe the elephants using a brush and have fun with them playing in the water, and it is an excellent way to cool off.
Time To Say Goodbye
Once you have finished bathing the elephants, it is time to get changed again and board your minibus to take you back to your accommodation. You will hopefully have had a fantastic experience with the elephants, and taken lots of Instagram-worthy photos, so you can show your friends the incredible experience you had while in Thailand.