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Thom's Pai Elephant Camp

#19 of 35 things to do in Pai Features Animals
5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
+66 53 699 286
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Just visited without any tour

We just visited the camp while driving around the region and played with the elephants. I don't... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
shiningbrighter
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Bern, Switzerland
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Cruel - do not go

Elephants were chained on to concrete floor with not even a foot of slack. Do not go here. Saw one... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gina C
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Thom's was the first elephant camp in Thailand where visitors could ride elephants without a seat, play with them and swin together in the river. Thom grew up with her elephants, played with them as a child, and knows how much fun it is to spend the time with these wonderful animals. Thom's father was also an experienced trainer of young elephants and passed on his knowledge to Thom. Thom's Elephant Camp also offers specialist Mahout Training Courses. It starts with the introduction into elephant care, the verbal and body language to communicate with the elephants, followed by hand on practises. How to ride, play, feed, bath and take care of the elephants. Thom's Elephant Camp also offers beautiful bungalows and accomodation, mineral hot tub and spa retreat, Organic Farming and Mahout Course, sight seeing tours and of course wonderful elephant mountain and river treks.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible19%
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5/3 M.4 Rungsiyanon Road | Mae Hong Son, Pai 58130, Thailand
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We just visited the camp while driving around the region and played with the elephants. I don't know how bad riding really is for the elephants and if they really like it better to just bath all day with tons of tourists like in many...More

Thank shiningbrighter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elephants were chained on to concrete floor with not even a foot of slack. Do not go here. Saw one man riding with a hook. Elephants looked distressed and depressed.More

Thank Gina C
PaiThom, Owner at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, I'm very upset reading your review. You are not talking about our elephants, you must have mistaken us with the opposite camp. Our elephants are not chained and they have space to move around. In the evening we take them to the mountains where...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went past here on our bikes and stopped to give the elephants a cuddle and a banana. I do not condone elephant riding or camps whatsoever but these animals still deserve love, especially when they're captivated like this. This was however the only group...More

Thank Bethany C
Reviewed 13 June 2017

At thom’s farm have sufficient food for elephants such as banana grass,banana fruit and river to let them drink and take a bath. The farm consists of this natural vegetation so it can guarantee that our elephants have enough food and water throughout the year.Tourists...More

Thank chotnarin r
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Really nice farm. Elephants look happy and fullness. This farm not using the stand for tourist, you seat directly on elephant!!!!!

Thank FashionKohChang
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Driving past & saw the amazing elephants so stopped to have a look. There were 2 there so gave a donation to give them a banana each. 1 was very interested in us & we stood talking to them. A trainer came over & was...More

3  Thank hungryh724
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

The elephant has thick skin so the mahout pull their ears,they didn't feel anything.they are very strong animal so if they are don't happy,they can break the cage and run away.But because it's happy to be with the owner that feed them enough food and...More

Reviewed 7 May 2017

I love Elephants and so does many others. But after watching the NatGeo Video about the dark side of Elephant tourism, I sworn to myself not to ride elephant again. But in Thoms' Elephant you can just watch and feed the elephant. The Elephant attendant's...More

Thank Shahul Hameed S
PaiThom, ผู้จัดการฝ่ายต้อนรับลูกค้า at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Thank you for visiting my camp.We have a trekking and bathing with elephant.If you love elephants,you can join us!

Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Awful. Elephant camps as a whole are bad and this one is the same. There isnt one ounce of happy elephant. They will only be happy on the wild. Do not go.

1  Thank 849lizzie_loo849
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2017

We love our elephant like our family.Why you have to say thing that is not true?If you come and stay with us,you'll know how we take care and treat them well.Best Regards.

Reviewed 23 April 2017

There are hundreds of places you can ride an elephant in Thailand. Thom's was the experience of a lifetime. Meeting your elephant first, then feeding her (all females), climbing on her back and riding through the countryside without a harness is just the start. Going...More

Thank RWVtrip
PaiThom, Director of Sales at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Thank you for visiting our camp.Now we have trekking in the mountain and bathing with elephant at Thom's farm.If you're interest in our new program,you can join us!

Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Did not seem well treated at all, emotionally hard to watch, do not recommend to go here, not even for a stopover to watch the animals

2  Thank cokeroller
PaiThom, Front Office Manager at Thom's Pai Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

We treat them very well like they are part of our family.If you stay here for a week so you can make up your mind.Thank you,

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Samantha 'manta... K
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Horses are built to be ridden are treated much nicer. Elephants are not built that way; being ridden damages their spines and being beaten and hooked and bloodied is disgusting and shameful. Samantha is absolutely right... More
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