Elephant Nature Park, Thailand
Founded by acclaimed ‘Elephant Whisperer’ Lek Chailert, Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand is the perfect place to walk with nature’s gentle giants that have been rescued from unimaginable suffering by the hands of humans. The park currently homes 75 elephants from all over Thailand, many of which have previously been forced to perform in circus shows and carry tourists in camps. The park welcomes visitors from all corners of the globe to feed, bathe and walk alongside the herd within its 250 acres of open land, all the while learning about their past and the importance of the ‘saddle-off’ policy. They can even stay the night in a hut and spend extra time with the elephants, as well as countless cats and dogs that call the park home. If meeting elephants is on your travel ‘bucket list’, then this is an absolute must. Packages range from $600-$1,400.