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Thom's Pai Elephant Camp

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Address: 5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
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+66 53 699 286
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Thom's was the first elephant camp in Thailand where visitors could ride...

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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Just look or Feed them, DONT RIDE

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Shahul Hameed S
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 adamant we get pictures with them which we felt quite uncomfortable about. He got them... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 are pretty friendly too.

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Thank Shahul Hameed S
liverpool
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Thank 849lizzie_loo849
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this review

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. More 

Wantagh, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 through the river was incredible. It's a little dirty but not too deep to stand... More 

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Torrox, Spain
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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

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PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this review

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, More 

The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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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.

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PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this review

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

Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 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, but is also hard to see them confined.

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Thom's elephant camp is a small camp outside Pai where guests can interact with the elephants feeding them, bathing them and riding them bareback up the mountain. The elephants are part of Thom's family and are very well cared for. All the staff have the elephants' best interests at heart and this is very evident. The days events can include... More 

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1 Thank Judy S
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

We should have known from the start, when they showed us to our room and it was dark, gross, infested with ants and spiders, and the shower was broken into three pieces around a large brown spot, that this place was not a legit outfit. We opted not to stay in said room, but continued with the bareback elephant tour.... More 

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Ilford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Went to Thoms elephant camp today as was under the impression from the signs and speaking with the front desk lady that they treat the elephants well and that they have plenty of space. We decided to pay for the experience to see for ourselves and were shocked and horrified with what we saw. First of all, 3 elephants were... More 

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