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Thom's Pai Elephant Camp

#18 of 35 things to do in Pai Features Animals
5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
+66 53 699 286
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Cruel

We went past here on our bikes and stopped to give the elephants a cuddle and a banana. I do not... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bethany C
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Funny Day at Thom's farm.Trekking & bathing with elephant.I like this.

At thom’s farm have sufficient food for elephants such as banana grass,banana fruit and river to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
chotnarin r
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Thom's was the first elephant camp in Thailand where visitors could ride elephants without a seat, play with them and swin together in the river. Thom grew up with her elephants, played with them as a child, and knows how much fun it is to spend the time with these wonderful animals. Thom's father was also an experienced trainer of young elephants and passed on his knowledge to Thom. Thom's Elephant Camp also offers specialist Mahout Training Courses. It starts with the introduction into elephant care, the verbal and body language to communicate with the elephants, followed by hand on practises. How to ride, play, feed, bath and take care of the elephants. Thom's Elephant Camp also offers beautiful bungalows and accomodation, mineral hot tub and spa retreat, Organic Farming and Mahout Course, sight seeing tours and of course wonderful elephant mountain and river treks.
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5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went past here on our bikes and stopped to give the elephants a cuddle and a banana. I do not condone elephant riding or camps whatsoever but these animals still deserve love, especially when they're captivated like this. This was however the only group...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At thom’s farm have sufficient food for elephants such as banana grass,banana fruit and river to let them drink and take a bath. The farm consists of this natural vegetation so it can guarantee that our elephants have enough food and water throughout the year.Tourists...More

Thank chotnarin r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice farm. Elephants look happy and fullness. This farm not using the stand for tourist, you seat directly on elephant!!!!!

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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Driving past & saw the amazing elephants so stopped to have a look. There were 2 there so gave a donation to give them a banana each. 1 was very interested in us & we stood talking to them. A trainer came over & was...More

3  Thank hungryh724
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

The elephant has thick skin so the mahout pull their ears,they didn't feel anything.they are very strong animal so if they are don't happy,they can break the cage and run away.But because it's happy to be with the owner that feed them enough food and...More

Reviewed 7 May 2017

I love Elephants and so does many others. But after watching the NatGeo Video about the dark side of Elephant tourism, I sworn to myself not to ride elephant again. But in Thoms' Elephant you can just watch and feed the elephant. The Elephant attendant's...More

Thank Shahul Hameed S
PaiThom, ผู้จัดการฝ่ายต้อนรับลูกค้า at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting my camp.We have a trekking and bathing with elephant.If you love elephants,you can join us!

Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Awful. Elephant camps as a whole are bad and this one is the same. There isnt one ounce of happy elephant. They will only be happy on the wild. Do not go.

1  Thank 849lizzie_loo849
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2017

We love our elephant like our family.Why you have to say thing that is not true?If you come and stay with us,you'll know how we take care and treat them well.Best Regards.

Reviewed 24 April 2017

There are hundreds of places you can ride an elephant in Thailand. Thom's was the experience of a lifetime. Meeting your elephant first, then feeding her (all females), climbing on her back and riding through the countryside without a harness is just the start. Going...More

Thank RWVtrip
PaiThom, Director of Sales at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting our camp.Now we have trekking in the mountain and bathing with elephant at Thom's farm.If you're interest in our new program,you can join us!

Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Did not seem well treated at all, emotionally hard to watch, do not recommend to go here, not even for a stopover to watch the animals

2  Thank cokeroller
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We treat them very well like they are part of our family.If you stay here for a week so you can make up your mind.Thank you,

Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

The elephants where chained on their legs and one of the owners used a hook to get them in control. We just passed by and stopped to take a look, but left after a few minutes. Its just super sad to see.

3  Thank Mirte-Lis
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

We don't chain our elephant.Where do you really have seen? I think it's not my camp.Please be honest.

Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

It's a difficult one, seeing giant animals in pens waiting for a few bananas isn't good, but seeing these amazing animals so close is an experience. So it's up to you? If you want to see Elephants it's easy, you can feed them, touch them,...More

Thank Robin L
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi.We have enough food for our elephants like grass,banana tree,pumpkin.For banana that we sell,we just want to customer having fun when they're visit our camp.We love our elephant like a part of our family.Thank you.

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Samantha 'manta... K
You should be absolutely disgusted with yourselves that you can treat such a gentle giant with such disregard and malice as a way to make yourselves money! I hope someone rescues the poor elephants you are mistreating so badly who deserve so much more than being beaten secretly by you when all the tourists have gone home. Oh and thank you for laughing in my face whilst I had no choice but to cry over you beating your elephants. Disgusting!
23 January 2017|
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Response from Mallory K |
Horses are built to be ridden are treated much nicer. Elephants are not built that way; being ridden damages their spines and being beaten and hooked and bloodied is disgusting and shameful. Samantha is absolutely right... More
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PaiThom
Hello Natascha, Are you mistake something our Elephant were not chain on the leg but we make a stable for them. You just past by them and not come to touch or play with them how do you know they are not treat well ? My Elephant camp only 3 elephants and they stay at the camp at day , at night they live on the moutain. Do you still think is bad condition ? Please don't thinking by yourself and make the other people get mistake. Keep clam and come to play with elephant :) Frand
27 February 2016|
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Response from Gabriela R | Reviewed this property |
I'm disgusted to see the answer by Thom's Elephant Tours. Only because they are not chained up it does not mean they are NOT mistreated. Riding an elephant is unethical to them physically, you should know this! An elephant's... More
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