Feed, Bathe, and Play with Elephants at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

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Book in advance because the Elephants Heaven: Half Day Elephant Experience at Kanta Elephant Park in Chiang Mai tour provided by Baanchang Elephant Park fills up fast. Located about 60 miles outside of Chiang Mai city center, transportation to Kanta Elephant sanctuary is included with the tour. 

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The family owned ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project, Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, was founded in March 2015. The sanctuary is home to 10-15 Thai female elephants. Visitors only interact with the female elephants, being less territorial and aggressive than males. Unlike Asian or African elephants, female Thai elephants do not have tusks. The sanctuary offers a healthy, free environment for elephants previously used for logging or entertainment. Riding the elephants is prohibited. 

Feeding Time

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After modeling our traditional clothing, we stuff as much sugar cane as possible into our bags to feed the elephants.

Traditional mahout clothes are provided upon arrival. These adorable outfits are available to purchase for 500 baht. After changing, we learn how to safely approach and touch the elephants, signs of happiness. We are advised to use caution around the elephant’s legs and petting the spiky hairs on the elephants’ heads. Matching bags are handed out to fill with sugar cane to feed the elephants. After filing our bags as much sugar can as possible, we are set free to feed, pet, take pictures, and play with the elephants.

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Sugar cane is the best way to get an elephant to pose for a picture.

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The elephants are very playful and aren’t shy about asking for more food.

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The Kanta team advises us to ration our sugar cane, no food = no friends.

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Bath Time

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The elephants are bathed and scrubbed in the sanctuary’s fresh water lagoon daily to prevent insects from laying eggs under the elephant’s thick skin potentially leading to an infection. After collecting a pail and brush, we wade into the waist deep water. 

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Bangkok.pngWe are extremely cautious and alert bathing the elephants. When ready to rinse off, they roll onto their side oblivious to nearby elephants or people.
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In lieu of a bath, we receive elephant showers.

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Traveling Gingerbread Note: Bringing swim suits, water shoes, bug spray, and a change of clothes is highly recommended. We were soaked at the end of the day. Towels and showers with soap and shampoo are available to visitors before leaving the sanctuary.

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Thank you Kanta Elephant Sanctuary for a life changing afternoon. 

For more information visit: www.kantaelephantsanctuary.com or Kanta Elephant Sanctuary Facebook Page.


September 2018

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Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. Any time we travel, we try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. 
 In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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