We Made It! It was a short flight to Chiang Mai. What a beautiful part of the world!! We spend most of our day today at Elephant Nature Park. The 1-hour trek to this park was breathtaking - set in a natural valley, surrounded by river and mountains(1).
The park has been in existence for 18 years. It is a sanctuary and rescue centre for roughly 35 elephants from all over Thailand.
The park acquires its elephants mostly from private owners. Most of these elephants have outlived their usefulness to loggers or become useless to trekking camp owners(2).
Below is a link to Elephant Nature Park website if you would like more information on this wonderful organization.
The elephant seemed very comfortable with the many tourists. We were able to scrub them while there were in the river as well as feed them.
Here is a video of Pupia the baby elephant