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“What a thrill”

Conserve Natural Forests
Ranked #1 of 11 Tours in Pai
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Opportunity to visit the largest reforestation program in Maehongson province.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They treated me like royalty! It was such an informative and beautiful day helping plant trees and feeding the elephants. They even served me fresh, tasty Thai food after I'd worked up an appetite. Elephants deserve to live in this peaceful, productive setting.

3  Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On route with the pickup truck we found out that there was a forest fire around the site, and they informed us immediately that the day would not be a usual one. We thought of it as a special experience and took our chances, also to be there helping in any way we could. Their work focuses on caring for their elephant Kamee, and whatever happens, she and her wellbeing is their priority. So the "usual" activities that normally went on for the visiting donators (like us) would include feeding, bathing, and/or whatever else was on her schedule, meaning whatever she wanted to do. We were happy and honoured to be able to meet her, even though the circumstances almost didn't let us, and the staff at CNF gave us a lovely experience in the end.
Some of the visitors in our group didn't understand the bigger picture when they were told that the time spent with Kamee had come to an end, which was sooner that usually. They reluctantly threw their one-time donation in the hands of the staff, and left complaining about the absurdity they had been forced to "deal" with. It was very disrespectful and sad to see that they couldn't realise that what they, and every visitor, gets to be part of when donating to CNF. You get to help improve the life of a majestic and gentle creature, plant trees, get inspired from and learn about the work being done by the staff at CNF. Not only that, but you also get to come back in the future if you'd like, no additional donation necessary.
We had a wonderful time, and we are happy to support them.

3  Thank Anton R
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Yesterday we visited the park and had a great afternoon. They will bring you with a pick up truck to the location and (we were with about 15 people) Miquel will passionate tell you about the project of rescue elephants in Thailand to give them a better home at his park. In the future there will be more elephants but right now there is one, pregnant, elephant witch will except his young one in may this year.

Then you will cross a river (water to your knees) to find the elephant and give her the candy's.... bananas! There is plenty of picture time and everything is in a relaxed setting. After this you will plant a tree to make your own little forest. The food and drinks are also very good!!

3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Chilled out place where the elephant is boss and we are her slaves! Peeling and hand feeding her bananas, shooing away the flies. Her carers collect fresh herbs for her health. Nice change from her past life as a slave to humans.
The whole centre here is centred around reaforestation as a means to protect endangered species and the environment as a whole. This year they hope to hit the 1 million tree mark. Great work guys.
Another thing I'd like to add is that the elephants that come here are bought at considerable expense with the end game being they will be released into a safe place where they can be free and wild. Your donations really are for the benefit of the elephants and the environment.

3  Thank Kim S
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

There's lots of places in Thailand that use elephants to entertain us arrogant, selfish humans and make money for the "owners" of such wise and majestic animals, but not at CNF, an NGO formed to help and heal injured elephants until they can be safely returned to the wild of natural preserves AND they are working to restore the land by replanting hundreds of thousands of indigenous trees. It's all about the elephants and what they want to do, not about them doing what we want to do....I felt so blessed to find this place where all of the folks that joined us...except a couple older Germans who were, I guess expecting a circus act who were unhappy...but thankfully left....were there to share the same experience, and we had a wonderful afternoon of heart and love and sharing, eating fantastic food, drinks, swimming, feeding kilos and kilos of bananas to Kamee, and culminating it by planting trees, to contribute to the awesome work Miguel is doing. I feel so blessed to have been part of such a wonderful experience....Thank you!!!!!!!

3  Thank Patricia M
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