Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour
- Transportation included
- Duration: 12 hours
Absolutely loved every minute of our day. The car was very comfortable and the guide knowledgable and informative. We enjoyed our visit to the Bridge over the River Kwai and the WW2 cemetery but the highlight of the day was Elephants World. The elephants are so well cared for and in no way exploited for the benefit of tourism. There is s strict no ride policy and we were able to interact with them by participating in their daily routine from preparing food to feeding and then enjoying a mud bath and bathe in the river with them. It was one of the best experiences ever and I will never forget the wonderful hands on moments, from feeding and cuddling the baby and being jostled by her, popping a rice ball in the mouth of a 70 year old and massaging others all over with mud and then washing them down in the river. Wonderful gentle giants and so lovely to witness the mutual love between the elephants and their careers.
It was important for us to choose a tour where the animals were treated fairly and weren’t being exploited. After siphoning through a dozen options we chose Elephant World for the fact that it was a sanctuary for old, abused and rescued elephants. The staff there are so enthusiastic and passionate. Right off the bat we had an amazing buffet lunch. Local dishes with western twists and all fresh. Every leg of the journey provided great photo opportunities. First stop we got to feed a baby calf and her mama. Then we wandered down and had fed a ten year old calf. After that it was time for a mud bath where everyone got dirty! The highlight was washing the elephants off in the river. We left this sanctuary with full hearts! Highly recommend!
One of my greatest experiences ever! To travel half way around the world and be able to bond with a beautiful elephant extended family herd-- lovingly cared for by this sanctuary and be part of giving elephants love and care was remarkable and an eye opener to these magnificent, human like creatures. Anyone who can get there- should! And the program, transportation, people were superb. Enlightenment and unusually wonderful vibe. Literally, the best. Thank you. I posted over 100 photos and videos
Pickup was very smooth and our driver was incredibly nice. He brought cold waters in a cooler and got us snacks along the way. The elephant sanctuary was amazing. The elephants seem very well taken care of and it was an unforgettable experience. Definitely short and sweet, but you get to do all of the good stuff. The WWII bridge and cemetery were a nice treat too with lots of shopping and a museum nearby. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip, well worth the price.
Our driver/guide Kong was a really great guide! He’s really good at speaking English so that was really helpful. He suggested a quick stop at the River Kwai bridge at Kanchanaburi for us to take some photos. The Elephants World was the highlight of our trip! The tour was planned so everyone has a chance to hang out with the elephants. Props to the mahouts for taking care of the animals. Will definitely come back!