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Feed, Bathe, and Play with Elephants at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

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Book in advance because the Elephants Heaven: Half Day Elephant Experience at Kanta Elephant Park in Chiang Mai tour provided by Baanchang Elephant Park fills up fast. Located about 60 miles outside of Chiang Mai city center, transportation to Kanta Elephant sanctuary is included with the tour. 

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The family owned ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project, Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, was founded in March 2015. The sanctuary is home to 10-15 female Thai elephants. Visitors only interact with the female elephants, being less territorial and aggressive than males. Unlike Asian or African elephants, female Thai elephants do not have tusks. The sanctuary offers a healthy, free environment for elephants previously used for logging or entertainment. Riding the elephants is prohibited. 

Feeding Time

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After modeling our traditional clothing, we stuff as much sugar cane as possible into our bags to feed the elephants.

Traditional mahout clothes are provided upon arrival. These adorable outfits are available to purchase for 500 Baht. After changing, we learn how to safely approach and touch the elephants and signs of happiness. We are advised to be cautious around the elephants’ legs and petting the spiky hairs on the elephants’ heads. Matching bags are handed out to fill with sugar cane to feed the elephants. After filing our bags with as much sugar cane as possible, we are free to feed, pet, take pictures, and play with the elephants.

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Sugar cane is the best way to get an elephant to pose for a picture.

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The elephants are very playful and aren’t shy about asking for more food.

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The Kanta team advises us to ration our sugar cane, no food = no friends.

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Bath Time

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The elephants are bathed and scrubbed in the sanctuary’s fresh water lagoon daily to prevent insects from laying eggs under the elephants’ thick skin, potentially leading to an infection. After collecting a pail and brush, we wade into the waist deep water. 

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Bangkok.pngWe are extremely cautious and alert bathing the elephants. When ready to rinse off, they roll onto their side oblivious to nearby elephants or people.
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In lieu of a bath, we receive elephant showers.

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Traveling Gingerbread Note: We recommend bringing swim suits, water shoes, bug spray, and a change of clothes. We were soaked at the end of the day. Towels and showers with soap and shampoo are available to visitors before leaving the sanctuary.

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Thank you Kanta Elephant Sanctuary for a life changing afternoon.

For more information visit: www.kantaelephantsanctuary.com or Kanta Elephant Sanctuary Facebook Page.


September 2018

Comments

15 responses to “Feed, Bathe, and Play with Elephants at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand”

  1. bmochinsky Avatar
    bmochinsky

    What an absolutely incredible experience!! Thank you for all the fabulous pictures!!

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    1. The Traveling Gingerbread Avatar

      Picking what photos to put in the post was the hardest part of this post. We had so many amazing photos from that afternoon!

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  2. KathyLDN Avatar

    So cute!!! This is on my bucket list now for sure! Hehe are you guys still in Thailand now? Have an amazing time there!

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    1. The Traveling Gingerbread Avatar

      We just got home. It was an amazing trip. I definitely would visit if you can! They have full and half day tours. We didn’t get into Chiang Mai until that morning so the half day was perfect for us.

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      1. KathyLDN Avatar

        I want to go to Chiang Mai as well, I’ve heard really good things about it!

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      2. The Traveling Gingerbread Avatar

        Chiang Mai was my favorite city we visited in Thailand. 🙂

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  3. Stephanie @ Seeking Stephanie Travels Avatar

    This looks like an incredible experience. I appreciate how you found a place where you can interact with elephants in a way that’s sustainable and ethical. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. The Traveling Gingerbread Avatar

      We did a lot of research before deciding on an place to visit elephants. Both the elephants and staff seemed very happy.

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  4. booksnbills Avatar

    This looks awesome and my fiancé would love this! I’m going to have to bookmark this in case we ever get to Thailand!

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    1. The Traveling Gingerbread Avatar

      It was an amazing experience and so convenient they provided the transportation. We only had time for the half day experience but they offer full days as well.

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  5. LBcruiseshipblogger Avatar

    I just read a very interesting article from National Geographic the other day about tusklessness in elephants. Apparently it is human caused due to ivory poaching. The tuskless few survive to reproduce since they don’t have any ivory to poach so the number increases from a very small naturally occurring percentage to a large amount of them. It’s happening now in Africa and the article also mentioned a possible reason for the tusklessness of Asian elephants is from ivory hunters of the past.

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    1. The Traveling Gingerbread Avatar

      Wow, what a great read. That’s very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. thepretendgrownup Avatar

    Just awesome! I did similar in Malaysia many years ago. They are such beautiful animals x

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