Spend a day spreading the love for trunks. Meet the royal Thai elephants at the Elephant Sanctuaries.
The mighty royal elephants are one of the biggest attractions in Thailand. They have a strong bond with the culture of the country and their eyes say it all. They are considered as a national symbol, and in the past they have been used as anything and everything ranging from machines of war to all-terrain transport.
You will find images of elephants on sarongs, handbags and the sticker on Beer Chang. However, since the 1980s ban on logging, the job of these jumbo animals dwindles and downsized to only tourist trade.
On your trip to Thailand, don’t forget to visit the magnificent Elephant sanctuaries where the elephants are kept in huge parks and treated well. Most of these sanctuaries are supported by the government bodies and NGOs interested to create an environment for educational eco-tourism.
A visit to the Elephant sanctuaries is a fantastic experience, and if you decide to stay there overnight then that’s something you will remember all your life. The highlight of spending a day among these jumbo animals is feeling the strong bond that exists between the elephant and mahout.
Learn how to mount on an elephant, slide down the trunk, feed him with your hands, watch him sleep and experience the love this adorable animal has for his mahout. This is something that cannot be expressed in words, it must be felt.
Over the last few decades, the Thai elephants have had their share of difficulties. As the country stepped into industrialization, much of the success came at the cost of its environmental heritage, leaving domesticated elephant refugees incapable of finding their way back to their home.
Fortunately, the elephant sanctuaries have cropped up in Thailand with the hope to provide natural wild habitat to these magnificent beasts so that they can move around freely and thrive in a homely atmosphere.