On our last full day in Chiangmai, we did something very special, that I have wanted to do ever since I was a little girl.
We went to an Elephant Sanctuary.
I’ve never seen elephants up close in the flesh before, and so it really was like meeting a dinosaur for me. I couldn’t believe how gentle and playful they were.
We spent some time playing with them and feeding them bananas (the blacker and mushier the better). If anyone tried to feed them a green or even yellow banana it was swiftly rejected. So funny to see!
Getting hugged by their trunks felt amazing if a little scary to begin with. But I soon eased into it; they are such gentle giants, and move so carefully.
We fed them corn and made up their ‘medicine’ which was raw rice, cooked rice, tamarind, ginger, brown sugar and salt, all mixed together and formed into patties. They didn’t like it much and scraped it off their tongues which was cute.
We got to see their differing personalities a little as the day went on. This little guy is the naughty boy of the bunch. He slid down the banking into the mud bath, and took a shining to the ladies in our group, following them around and kissing them on the cheek with the end of his trunk haha! I liked him a lot.
Here we are having a moment.
This is the nana of the group, she’s 75 years old and I had a real soft spot for her. As I do my own nana 🙂
This lady is pregnant! We got to feel her baby moving around inside her, it was pretty special. Did you know elephants can be pregnant for up to two years! Babies typically weigh a tonne when they are born.
We covered them in mud and then played with them in the river. A magical experience, splashing around with 5 elephants, and one I’ll never, ever forget.
We went with Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and found them to be brilliant. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them. We did a half day with the elephants, leaving just after lunch, and found this to be the perfect amount of time. You can do full day tours where you go on a hike after lunch and get more time with the Ellies if you’d prefer.