hello fellow travellers
if you are in thailand or you are planning to visit thailand i would highly recommend checking out the elephant nature park ran by an amazing woman called lek. http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/
unlike many places, this is an elephant sanctuary that lets elephants behave in as natural a manner as possible. lek rescues and adopts elephants that have previously been mis-treated, been abandoned, had legs blown off by landmines and much more. you get to feed, walk with and wash the elephants as well as learn about their history, future and the threats they face.
it's not cheap at 2,500 baht for a day but it is well worth it. if you have a spare 3 months you can live and volunteer there for free! meals and accomodation provided!
check my blog for more details and photos. http://murray2701.travellerspoint.com/16/
take care and feel free to pass on any tips.
il be travelling from Bangkok down to Krabi at the end of October over a period of three weeks, just wondered if there are any similar nature parks in middle and southern Thailand as Chiang Mai is quite far off my planned route.
I also stayed in the Elephant Nature park (www.elephantnaturepark.org) and it was an amazing experience.
Beware though, many elephant parks/camps claim to be 'refuges or sanctuarys', but all they're doing is exploiting the animals by offering rides, shows etc. Any elephant sanctuary that offers any RIDES/SHOWS/PAINTING etc is NOT A SANCTUARY!
Just beware of this when booking a day trip etc.
I'd really recommend making the effort to get to the real elephant nature park in Chang Mai. You'll never forget it.
There has been a cook book published from the recipes used in the Elephant Nature park. This book has been developed by a volunteer and all proceeds go to the Elephant Nature Park.
A Taste of Heaven: Recipes from Elephant Nature Park is now available online at http://www.lulu.com/content/834615
The books are $25USD (+shipping) and all royalties go to the Park. The money will go directly to US non-profit, The Serengeti Foundation, they will match approximately 50% and send it on to the Park as they get it! The book is also in print in Thailand and on the shelves of the gift shop at the Park itself.
A Taste of Heaven includes 30+ easy-to-follow recipes and information about Thai cooking. It also boasts gorgeous full-color photos of elephants and Park life on every page, as well as stories from my past e-mails and information about Lek and the mission of Elephant Nature Park. A great cookbook, a beautiful memento of the park, and a fundraising tool, it's also just a great gift for fellow travelers, elephant lovers, Thai food aficionados, and friends and family. Y ou can review the entire book page by page on the website.
I know many of you have been looking forward to this...and boy...it was a bigger project than anyone suspected! But now it is "official"...and also on sale at the Park Gift Shop as well!
Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested!
Finally, in case anyone asks, we chose to NOT put the cookbook on Amazon.com at this time. Because of their heavy discount program, it was impossible to make more than a few pennies per book that way. So we chose to publish and market directly for now, since the whole point was to make money for Lek. Please let people know that a significant portion of their purchase can now go to the Park through this mode of buying direct.
Thank you, thank you, thank you....and ENJOY!