You might be curious on how does the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary look like and what’s really happening inside this seem to be a paradise for one of the most enormous and powerful animals in the planet.
Well, finally, after not so long discussion with my boyfriend about visiting here, we finally set the date to come here. Yay! I couldn’t wait for that day to arrive! It’s one of my bucket lists!
When I posted a picture, some of my friends and my sister asked me how to get there and how this activity can be achieved. Actually, even before they asked me about it, I already knew that I wanted to write about the fantastic experience because I’d like to share everyone about the happiness this visiting the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary had caused me!
How to book and how to get there
Chris booked online. You can do it, too! Usually, it is better to book online or find a trusted agency. I suggest to book it online as it is less hassle and instant. However, In Chiang Mai, you’ll find travel agencies in every corner and there are many pamphlets available for every tour you desire.
Below is the real photo of our transaction.
We paid 3,400 Baht for 2 which includes free pick up from our hotel, free lunch, free bag souvenir and other activities with the elephants. It’s a half day tour.
Welcome to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
It was a fun start, we were asked to introduce ourselves to one another just to get along well and since we’re a group. I think I was the only Asian but had always been mistaken as Thai if I didn’t speak English. The staff informed us on how we’re going to begin this beautiful journey with the elephants, what activities to do, pieces of information about them, a bit history, the owner, how it all started and all of those elements that made it completely interesting and informative.
One thing that you must know, elephant riding here is not being promoted nor you’re entitled to perform one.
Important reminder. Please do not support elephant riding in Thailand as they’re being beaten before getting acquainted with tourists.
A little information about the Elephants in the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Camp 8
There are two types of an elephant at the sanctuary, African and Asian. African elephants are bigger in size, tusks, and ears than Asian elephants. At the camp 8 where we were brought to, there were 6 elephants that are being taken care of. The youngest one is 6 years old and it’s surprisingly enormous.
Tuma is a female elephant and she’s 10 months pregnant. Elephants have 22 months period of pregnancy before giving birth and with a life span of 75 years, they only have around 5-6 babies!
Aside from that, female elephants are more friendly than male elephants. According to the care takers, some male elephants can also have mood swings like humans do, or should I say, like most women? ( haha! ) They can also be more agressive! So watch out, or you might suddenly be kicked out!
Yep! You can touch, cuddle, embrace ( if you can! ) take a selfie with them! Elephants seem to be friendly, though, through its size, you’d be a little bit jumpy and feel startled to touch them. But they won’t eat humans, no they don’t!
And if you’re ever wondering how they’re hair or skin feels like, it’s so sharp like a needle and skin feels dry! That’s why they always need a mud bath to soften their skin!
The first activity that we were advised to do was elephant feeding. Elephants eat bananas, sugar cane, sugar cane leaves and grass. Do you know that these enormous animals can eat up to 150-200 kg of foods and 100-150 liters of water per day and they poop take about an hour!
Feeding Time! Foods!
The first thing that you should remember is that only one piece of banana each time, and the rest, you should hide from your back, otherwise the whole bunch of this tropical will be eaten wholly!
As a regular routine, after getting stuffed by delicious foods, it’s time for their mud and bath time! Can you guess where they’ll take a bath soon?
Finally, Bath time Baby!
The Elephants and we were headed to the river for rinsing off and bathing! Yay, we badly need this, didn’t we? haha! Just be careful though because it’s a bit slippery down to the river and the water flow is too strong that it might slide you away! But no worries, the guides are very assistive so they won’t let you be taken away by the waters!
Just a bit haphazard observation, the care takers sometimes pinch the elephant’s ear, I may not know exactly the reason why but I believe they do it just to bridle abrupt and sudden actions of the lovely animals. I never asked but I wished I did just to clarify my thoughts.
No words can describe how much we indulged being spending precious moments with the elephants even just for half a day. For me, it’s a priceless experience. And if I could ever have a chance again, I’d be more than willing to come back and baby sits them! I would also probably go to see the elephant center next time.
I strongly suggest you go and see them in your own eyes, indeed, photos are too inviting nevertheless, nothing compares to bill and coo them!
Thanks for reading! ♡