Photo Diary: Trekking and Elephant Care

Finally Im posting the highlight of our Thailand trip, trekking and mahout program!

On our 2nd day in Chiang Mai we signed up for a Trekking and Mahout Program, which means I have the chance ti interact with the gentle giant elephants!!!

I’ve mentioned in my Ayutthaya post that we met a fellow Kababayan travellers, one of them convinced me to try this elephant thingy in Chiang Mai. This idea stuck in my head, but I was not really keen in trying it. But when we reached Chiang Mai, and saw the brochures it suddenly hit me that I want to met the elephants. Thank you Ejay for giving me this idea.

Again our lovely host helped us in booking the program, since I don’t want to ride on the elephants we choose the program which only allows you to interact, feed and take a bath with the elephants. The program also includes 1 hour trekking, trek to a cave, visit a non-touristic waterfall (you will be given 30 mins to swim), LUNCH πŸ˜‰ and then interact with the elephants.

The place which we went to has only 3 elephants, Mama Phant, Papa Phant and the star of the family Baby Phant, his name is Bubu and he is a 3 years old elephant. Since they only have 3 elephants in the sanctuary they don’t have much guests which is very okay for me, at least the elephant wouldn’t be stress out. πŸ™‚

I have so much to talk about this experience, but the words doesn’t come out from my head, so instead of pulling my hair and try to write, ill just share a looootttt of photos. πŸ™‚

Mae Wang

Trekking

Trekking

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Mae Wang Waterfall

Mama Phant and Papa Phant

Bubu
Meeting Bubu for the first time.
Bubu
We instantly hit it off.
Bubu
His way of thanking me after I gave him so much food. πŸ˜‰
Bubu
Can you give me the last piece of banana, please?
Bubu
My favourite photo of this entire trip! πŸ˜€
Papa Phant
Papa Phant is around 42 years old.
Mama Phant
Mama Phant is 35 years old.
Mama Phant
Giving Mama Phant a hug.

Mama Phant

Bubu
Its time to take a bath.

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Bubu
Bubu wants belly rub!

Mama Phant

Bubu
After having so much fun in the water, he is asking for food again. πŸ™‚
Mama and Papa Phant
After we played with them in the water we feed them again.

Meeting Bubu and his parents is surely the highlight of this trip. Almost every day I checked my phone and look at the photos I took with them. Bubu has given so much happiness on that day that I was there, If ever I’ll be given the chance to go back to Chiang Mai, I will surely visit him again.

For those who wants to meet Bubu and his family and the other rescued elephants, please visit https://www.joiningelephantsanctuary.com/.

2 thoughts on “Photo Diary: Trekking and Elephant Care

    1. Thank you!
      The moment I saw the elephants I ran to them right away. πŸ˜€ If given the chance I’ll go back and visit them. Up to this day I can still remember the fun I had with them. πŸ™‚

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