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Thom's Pai Elephant Camp

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5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
+66 53 699 286
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Excellent treatment of elephants. This is the real thing

Thom is a 4th generation Mahout and treats her elephants like her children. The elephants were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Thecubbages
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Mistreated elephants

Elephants here are kept in small pens with little room to move. Don't visit this place . People... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
David M
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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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“bamboo rafting” (16 reviews)
“hour tour” (7 reviews)
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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

Thom is a 4th generation Mahout and treats her elephants like her children. The elephants were healthy

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Elephants here are kept in small pens with little room to move. Don't visit this place . People exploiting elephants for money. Completely wrong

Thank David M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

5+ stars!!!I spent 3 months working and traveling Thailand and Thom's Pai Elephant Camp was one of, if not THE single best days I spent in Thailand. Thom is an easy going, fun, and all around kind individual who cares deeply about the health and...More

Thank Brianna D
Reviewed 13 December 2017

Thom and Aye the two hosts are incredible! So warm and friendly and caring of their guests. Their elephants are very friendly and so much fun to ride (properly, on the neck/shoulders) and to bathe and play with in the river. Plus, they will give...More

Thank jamesrelliot
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

Do NOT support this place please!! These elephants are not treated well and are visibly distressed. We stopped at this place twice to observe the elephants in their tiny pens with concrete floors by the roadside. The first day (yesterday), the a large female was...More

3  Thank amyrovig
PaiThom, General Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2017

Your judgment without trying to find out a bit more information about my camp. You didn’t try to speak to me or to any foreign volunteers, who come to help me and stay here for couple of weeks or longer. How much time have you...More

Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

We did going with the elephant to the river, bamboo rafting and lunch including hut tob in the price. They treat the elephants great, the elephants are friendly, the bamboo rafting was fun and lunch felt like home made and was amazing!!! We had an...More

Thank שיר ק
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Really bad, at the entrance you can see that elephants have chains and look very unhappy...it's a really tourist crap. If you want a really good experience with this beautiful animals you can find that on the elephant nature park...no chains, no hook. Also don't...More

7  Thank Daniela Catarin... C
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2017

Here are not chained to the elephant's legs. You can try to find out a bit more information about my camp. For a couple of weeks or longer. How much time do you actually spend here? I generally agree with you that in most of...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This place had some negative reviews about chained elephants - ignore them, that's another camp. This one didn't chain the elephants, and they looked well fed and cared for. Had a great time bathing one, and riding bareback too. Friendly staff and you get a...More

Thank christophermosses
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I've spent three months volunteering at this camp. Elephants are treated there with respect and they are being very well taken care of. There's a lot to understand about elephants in Thailand, it's easy to say they should all be free, but it's really not...More

2  Thank Marta U
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Thom grew up with elephants so she really looks after them well. I asked her about training them and she said it's a slow process as they do it through repetition of actions whilst saying a word- basically the same way you'd train your dog....More

1  Thank Eilahaha
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Yoshiko T
I saw a mother elephant and a baby elephant at the entrance in a tiny space. The mother elephant was chained both front legs so close together. She was visibly stressed in a tiny space and she was constantly stamping feet in the same spot. It looks difficult for her to balance with her front feet so closely changed together. Her baby was constantly trying to put the foot outside the fence. Their pen was so small. I asked a lady at the reception and I was told that the mother elephant was chained so that she doesn't hurt the visitors in order to protect her baby. I feel so sorry for these beautiful elephants. We as tourists want to see elephants in nature NOT the ones in chained in a tiny pen! I hope you understand what tourists expect. Please leave those mother and baby elephants in your large safari without chain where they are safe and enjoy the freedom. You will have more tourists to see happy elephants.
16 January 2018|
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Response from PaiThom | Property representative |
Here elephants do not chained.And here do not have" BABY ELEPHANT" Your judgment without trying to find out a bit more information about my camp. You didn’t try to speak to me or to any foreign volunteers, who come to help... More
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Samantha 'manta... K
23 January 2017|
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Response from PaiThom | Property representative |
How you know my elephant is poor? My family we had elephant for long tome ago. we not make only money. Please just stop riding a horses in your country before you complain another people. Just think about your country. and... More
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