Travel Photo Thursday — August 9, 2012– Elephant Magic in Thailand

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Destinations, Thailand - Chiang Mai, Travel Photo Thursday | 24 comments

Welcome to another week of  Travel Photo Thursday! The heat in Daejeon finally seems to be easing up a little, but it is still VERY HOT. Last night I was thinking about where I was last year this time, and that was Chiang Mai. I was enjoying an air conditioned suite in a lovely guest house, eating  delicious Thai food everyday, swimming at the pool. That also got me thinking about one of my fondest memories of Chiang Mai. Back in 2008 I spent a couple of days at the Elephant Nature Park just outside of the city. What an experience that was! We fed the elephants, bathed them, played with them and went on a walk along the river with the herd. The entire experience was nothing short of magical. I’ll be heading to Thailand in January, and I’m going to revisit the elephants, and maybe even volunteer at the park. Today, I’m sharing with you my favorite photo from those two magical days.


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Baby snugging with mom….

Snugging with Mom


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  1. I love this picture! It is too adorable. One of my kid’s wishes is to visit with the elephants and give them a bath so this nature park would be a treat to visit (mine too). I can imagine how fulfilling this experience was for you.

    • Mary…I am sure you and the kids would love the entire experience. The elephants really are amazing, and so much fun to be around.

  2. The Elephant Nature Park sounds like it would be quite an experience. When I was little, my grandparents’ took me to an African safari here in the States and my cousin and I were able to climb onto the back of an elephant and ride around like royalty. It was such a cool experience.

  3. I visited the elephant park in Bali and though I’m not sure how well the elephants there are treated, it was a pleasure to see the babies. So cute.

  4. What a coincidence! I’m posting about Thailand also. I was outvoted (1-4) for visiting elephants on the trip even though the place was just 5 minutes from our hotel. But I did get to see the baby elephants as we drove by it. I’m kinda jealous of you and obviously need to have you with me to up the Pro-Elephants voting block.

  5. I love elephants and think this is an adorable photo. Brings back memories for me of visiting the elephant orphanage in Nairobi – one of the highlights of the trip.

  6. The best Christmas we’ve spent together and there have been 32 of them, was the year we were with the elephants in Chang Mai. This brings back wonderful memories.

  7. There’s nothing cuter than baby elephants. I’ve visited the elephant orphanages in Kandy and Nairobi but would love to spend a day or two with them. What a beautiful idea to volunteer to spend time with them

  8. What a great idea. My daughters would adore the Elephant Nature Park. Hope you write more about it, Nancie.

  9. Lovely photo! (^_^)
    Playing with elephants… I would love such an experience!

  10. Nancie,
    We visited a couple of elephant parks or refuges in Thailand too, and really enjoyed it. I hadn’t realized before we went there how many elephants had been “employed” at one time in Thailand, so was surprised by how many we saw.

    The coolest thing we did, which I would love to do again, was go on an elephant safari. I have a few pictures at!/2006/11/elaphant-safari.html

    The ride was pretty comfortable (a little scary at first or when we crossed the river), but very smooth, the view was great, and the elephants very fun to be with up-close like that. And I figure hauling us around must be a lot easier work than they had in their previous lives!

    Thanks for bringing back good memories!

  11. That does sound magical! How amazing to see these beautiful creatures in a natural setting like this. And who could resist a baby elephant?! Too cute!

  12. Chiang Mai has been in my bucket list for some time. I want to spend at least 2 weeks there! On another note, I wish I could follow your posting challenge. I really need to update my blog often!

  13. I have never been to the park, but it seems like the best way to see Elephants.

  14. This must have been a real blast, Nancie! I’ve not been that close to elephants but I’d certainly love to. The baby one is absolutely adorable.

  15. I’m glad to see a happy elephant picture and hear of good experiences with elephant parks in Thailand. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of negative things about the way elephants are treated there, and know that some people are calling for entire boycotts of the country until they regulate the treatment of elephants better.

  16. What a sweet picture! Elephants are very intriguing and I can’t imagine how wonderful it would be to see them in the wild.

  17. No wonder you were thinking about being in air-conditioned comfort when it’s VERY HOT in Dajoen. Mama and baby elephant are precious. Great photo, Nancie.

  18. Those elephants sure are cute. I think my daughter would love to visit a place where she could interact with the elephants.

  19. Love the elephants! Would be awesome to see if you hear if you end up volunteering at the park. That would be amazing!

  20. Ahh, I can’t wait to finally hit Thailand! I want to play with cute elephants, see the gorgeous temples, and bathed and dive its surrounding turquoise waters. But then I would also have to visit Indonesia…so seems like I can’t have a short trip to Asia at all 😛

    Have fun in Thailand! Wish I were going with you

    – Maria Alexandra

  21. Thanks for the opportunity to link up again. Have a great weekend!

  22. Awe- so sweet!!! I would love a place like this…. Our zoos keep us so far away from our elephants….

    Thanks for linking up this week!

  23. I’ve traveled through Asia fairly extensively but have not yet had the opportunity to ride an elephant. I think it would be scary but it’s on the bucket list.


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