When visiting Chiang Mai, a lot of people visit an Elephant Sanctuary. This is also what we did. The North of Thailand is an area where the animals used to live in freedom. Things changed and a lot of animals were mistreated. Nowadays, you can find a lot of Elephant camps around Chiang Mai. However, not all camps are bad for the elephants
Browsing on the internet, we found a great Elephant Sanctuary Project, called Chang Thai Heritage. They don’t let tourists drive on the animals, as some camps do. If you’re planning to visit a camp like this: shame on you. It’s one of the worst things you can do, as elephants or not made for these kind of things.
“Driving on elephants is the worst thing you can do.”
The Chang Thai Heritage explains visitors a lot about the behavior of these animals and how they try to protect them. They won’t separate a baby elephant from their mother, as other camps do. If you want to know more about their work, information about the packages and prices, you can visit their website. I highly recommend you to make a visit while staying in the North of Thailand.
Pictures are taken with a Canon Mark IV 5D by Dennis Van Peel & Jorn Brinckman