An Unforgettable Encounter With Thailand’s Gentle Giants

Elephant, Elephant Nature Park, Thailand

Visiting the Elephant Nature Park – a sanctuary for mistreated elephants in the north of Thailand – was a truly unforgettable experience. I have to admit that beforehand I wasn’t particularly excited, I’m certainly not the world’s greatest animal lover. But walking amongst these gentle giants and learning about some of their heartbreaking stories really touched a nerve. Knowing that my money was being put to good use providing a loving home for these beautiful creatures made it all the more worthwhile.

I was trying hard to get a shot of just an elephant with its carer. This proved tricky as other members of our group kept on popping up to have their photo taken next to them. However after some patience I finally had a 30 second window without anyone else in shot. I went a bit crazy taking lots of photos, but I think this was the best of the bunch. The elephant (whose name escapes me) just looks so happy, I can’t help but smile at this shot!

Have you ever visited the Elephant Nature Park? Got any great shots of happy animals? I’d love to hear from you!

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16 thoughts on “An Unforgettable Encounter With Thailand’s Gentle Giants

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Krista. It was pretty fortunate timing. Although to me every time an elephant opens its mouth it looks like it’s smiling!

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    1. Ben Post author

      It’s such a great effort by the park to protect and care for these elephants. A great example to the rest of the world, and hopefully a model they can sustain in the long run.

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    1. Ben Post author

      I’d love to visit Namibia! I’m yet to experience a safari and see these amazing creatures truly in the wild. Looks like despite the lack of a DSLR you still managed to get some great shots.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Wow that’s a lot of elephants! I’d love to visit Kerala some day, it looks like such a beautiful part of the world. I’ll check out your post 🙂

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    1. Ben Post author

      We were visiting Thailand in December, and this shot was taken at the Elephant Nature Park just after we had finished bathing the elephants in a nearby river. It was an incredible experience!

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