ITINERARY: This half day tour is highly recommended by our customers. The family run camp is in the borders of the National Park at Phanom Bencha, and treats their animals comparatively very well. Note however, it is NOT an elephant sanctuary, nor does it advertise itself as such. The animals are ridden every day, and we have reports that there is now a baby elephant show on some days. It should not be expected that they conform to, and should not be judged by, the same standards as an elephant sanctuary.
You will start the tour with a trek through the forest, following the river for part of the way. Then you will stop and learn about the elephants and be given instruction on their bathing habits. Then it’s time to go into the river with them! The water is shallow and you can be as “hands on” as you like. The mahouts will help you to climb on their back if desired; the elephants are very gentle and relaxed, as they look forward to their daily shower time and enjoy a good scrub. Note: there is a 40 – 50 min (approx.) transfer time each way for this trip.
Expected group size: 2 – 12 pax, depending on the day and time of year.