Chiang Mai, Thailand: You will be met in the lobby of your hotel at 7:30 a.m. and transferred to the Patara Elephant Farm outside of Chiang Mai. At the farm you will be given your training outfit and a brief talk on working with elephants before heading into the bush to find them.
As the day goes on you will hear all about elephant farm management and the breeding program taking place at the Patara Elephant Farm. You will meet the elephants and learn to approach them and work with them from the ground and to take them to the river for their morning bath.
After a short ride to a local temple you can learn about elephants in Buddhism and the Thai’s ancient relationship with these traditional beasts of burden. Around mid-day you will set off for a ride through the jungle to some waterfalls where you will enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim with your elephant in the falls.
Return to the camp in the afternoon and say goodbye to your new friends before being transferred back to your hotel.
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