2 independent reviews for Elephant conservation project with hill tribes in Thailand

Reviews for Elephant conservation project with hill tribes in Thailand

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review 7 Dec 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Elephant Conservation Project with Hill Tribes trip and walking with elephants. Enjoyed every minute of it from being picked up from my hotel in Chiang Mai up to having to say good byes to the hill tribe family and the team ... The Karen hill tribe village stay was insightful and they were so welcoming. Walking with elephants was truly amazing, they are so happy. The camping in the forest was great fun and the food was excellent. The views from the village and in the forest couldn’t be better!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Have a great time - I so did :)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, every part of the trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Just amazing, the best experience ever! The team are wonderful, passionate about their individual roles, the location is beautiful and the elephants are enjoying life to the full.

review 17 May 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Every moment was worth it. Unforgettable experience, just following the elephants every day as they forage and bathe and drink and eat in their natural home, the forests. I think that's the most unique part of going on this tour with the Elephant Community project - every day is different, because every day's "itinerary" is decided by the elephants . The highlight for me was watching the elephants drink from a stream/ mini waterfall. It was amazing to be able to be so close to them.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

There is a fair amount of hiking up and down steep slopes so remember to bring your hiking shoes or boots. There will also be sudden downpours from time to time so it's a good idea to bring a raincoat. Fitness-wise, if you hike regularly you'll be fine but those who aren't used to it may find it strenuous. You will be pretty much hiking all day minus meal times but there will be plenty of breaks throughout the day whenever the elephants decide to stop and eat/ drink/ play. I think just generally be open-minded and be willing to immerse yourself in the local culture is important.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes I am told that the donation I made to the charity for this trip helps pay the mahouts' salaries so hopefully this type of community-based tourism gains more traction and makes a difference to their livelihood in the long run. The charity definitely does a lot to support the conservation of Asian elephants in their natural habitat so I am glad I joined them on this tour.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic. Came home with a ton of amazing pictures and videos. I am planning to do this again :)

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