Elephantstay
Elephantstay
4.5
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Elephantstay is an elephantastic unique program where you get to live, work and play with elephants, staying in the heart of the Royal Elephant Kraal village in Ayutthaya. Elephantstay is a not for profit program under the Phra Kochabaan Foundation.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Adrian Bee
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Solo
Well my “Happy Place” has been found at last, an amazing little village to immerse yourself in the amazing life of the Mahout,
Up close and personal with your very own elephant to feed, clean, bathe, swim, walk & talk with and LOVE !!.
The homestyle food is so good and the accomodation is adequate and comfortable enough for the price, everybody here makes you feel welcome and part of the family ….
The amazing friendly staff, the directors, the villagers, and the beautiful children all become your best friends for life at Elephantstay ….
BUT be prepared it is a working village and the day is busy ….
I suggest waking up early everyday and take in the sights and sounds of the start of everyday you wont regret or forget it !!
Thank you all at Elephantstay for all that you do for these beautiful animals ….
It was my first time here and it wont be my last, it really is an incredibly humbling experience to be part of this place even for a short time …. 🦣
Thank you Pi Om, Michelle, Ewa, Lexi, Mr Pong and all of the wonderful mahouts , children and family's that made my week long holiday so happy !!
Adrian B 🐝
Written 13 February 2023
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Bunyaphon N
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Ayutthaya has many interesting attractions. I went to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Elephant Palace with my family. There are elephants to see the city. Very cute. Take photos and get a beautiful view. There was an impressive show of elephants, they were very friendly and skillful. The food they sell is good. If there is a chance me and my family will come back.
Written 20 July 2021
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PhetBunyanut ♕🦋
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Ayutthaya Elephant Palace, Lapniad, where elephants take care of elephants Shows the cuteness and abilities of elephants. Elephant trekking activities to see ancient sites serving tourists There are many interesting activities here. There are many places to take photos. I had the opportunity to visit lovely elephants. And is a very interesting tourist destination. It's a place I recommend.
Written 20 July 2021
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Chris K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We stayed at this wonderful elephant village for two nights and three days. The Eva, Lexi, the mahouts and overall staff were incredible. We had a detailed immersion experience into the cultural and societal aspects of the role elephants play in Thailand. Elephantstay gave us an opportunity to learn about the welfare of elephants and what is required to care for them on a daily basis. The facilities are well maintained and staffed with professionals who dedicate their lives to the betterment and welfare of the elephants they care for. Hearing each elephant’s unique story and observing their individual personality was sublime. Cleaning their areas, gathering their food, taking them to graze in the field, bathing in the river, riding with the mahouts were some of the highlights during our stay. Although we had one specific elephant to focus on, Rasamee, we were able to interact with multiple elephants at various ages. We particularly enjoyed our visits with one of the infant elephants, taking him to bathe and play in the river everyday. It is an experience we will never forget. We spend the evenings enjoying the company of the staff who were fountains of knowledge about elephant welfare and their significance in Thai culture. The accommodation was fantastic, comfortable, clean, and well furnished, not to mention A/C (so important!). During our stay, locals would frequent the elephant village to bring extra food resources to help the elephants. We truly enjoyed and treasure our time here with the elephants, and hope to come back for another visit soon! Kombucha!
Written 3 April 2021
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De B
Bundaberg, Australia45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My Husband and I needed a holiday, a relaxing holiday. With no hassles and stresses of finding the right train, bus, tram, the right restaurant, cafe, hotel. No worries about being at a certain place at a certain time. A REAL holiday. I knew where to go, we have been there before - Elephantstay. We arrived for our two week stay to warm welcomes from staff and elephants, and everything was warm and familiar. The accomodation has had an upgrade, but is still very basic but comfortable. A clean room with air con and wifi is all we needed. It was so good to see our elephants again, and of course the closeness you feel when riding them to the river for a swim was wonderful. Playing with the babies, getting wet and dirty, was all part of the fun. Plenty of alone time to wander around the village and pretend I'm not just another tourist in Thailand. Oh and the food was wonderful. I'm such a picky eater, but they always made sure there was plenty for me to eat. We also celebrated my husbands birthday here, and they sure knew how to make it feel extra special. I hope to return to Elephantstay one day soon.
Written 1 March 2020
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Tom W
Portland, OR11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I did the 3 day stay and enjoyed ourselves. We learned a great deal about Asian elephants and how to care for them. We also came to understand their domesticated role in the culture of Thailand. Six people during our stay; 2 sisters there for a week; and an Aussie couple for 2 weeks. They returned after a 2 week stay 5 years ago. We watered and fed our elephants several times a day, rode them twice but not on the tourist chairs but rather on their necks with our their mahout to steady us. We learned simple control commands; walked them to a grassy area where they loved to graze and then walked to the river where we all waded and cooled off. Our elephants loved the walks and river. Every morning we mucked out their areas, and in the afternoon team cleaned 2 of our elephants with a hose and scrub brush. Elephant Stay does an exceptional of daily cleaning and care. Their breeding program is well done and we got to interact directly with a 2 month baby elephant. We can’t wait to come back.
Written 11 February 2020
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Bev K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Jan 2020 was my second week long stay with Yitor at Elephantstay. The first was 4 years ago with my 16 yr old grandson and this time I shared it with my 12 yr old grandson who looked after Rasamee. The experience is totally unique and so rewarding. I really admire the dedication shown by all the staff not only for the elephants well being but also to the visitors. Thank you so much Michelle, Ewa, Lexi and our mahouts. I think my grandson summed it up as we were leaving saying "I really want to stay" Bev
Written 3 February 2020
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Hi Bev Jumbo thank you for your support! We and our elephants appreciate you returning with another grandson to do our program and helping to create a sustainable future for Thai elephants. It's elephant enthusiasts like you that really make a difference to lives of Asian elephants. Thank you also for taking the time to write a review and sharing your experience with others. We look forward to seeing you for a third visit. Have an elephantastic day, every day The Elephantstay Team
Written 6 February 2020
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Bil C
Miami Beach, FL79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
“Hang on – she’s going under”! I tried to grip tighter with my knees and leaned back to keep from being thrown off, as Rosukan completely submerged her body and head so that I was up to my neck in the Pa Sak river. The warm muddy water swirled around us as Rosukan sprayed water in the air with her huge trunk and trumpeted with happiness. As she slowly surfaced and turned to the left, I could see Jazz close by on the back of Jumpee with her mahout, all three thoroughly enjoying the river bath, as large clumps of water hyacinths drifted by in the current.

Bathing in the river was my favorite part of a wonderful day at Elephant Stay, an organization dedicated to the welfare of retired and non-working elephants located about 80km north of Bangkok. They currently have about 80 elephants that they have bought to provide a healthy environment to live out their lives, interacting with humans and other elephants at the Royal Elephant Krall Village.
Written 30 December 2019
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Jumbo thank you for taking the time to write your fun review and sharing your experience with others. We and our elephants, especially Rosukon and Jumpee, appreciate you and Jazz coming to do our program and helping to create a sustainable future for Thai elephants. It's elephant enthusiasts like you that really make a difference. We look forward to the day you return. Have an elephantastic day, every day The Elephantstay Team
Written 6 February 2020
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DtotheN
London, England, United Kingdom11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I have just spent 4 days at Elephantstay and it has been the most amazing experience of my life. I have researched and planned this trip for 6 years and I have seen nothing but ABSOLUTE LOVE from all of the staff, the Mahouts and the locals. If you can’t stay overnight you can always book a day visit and tend to an elephant of your own. If you don’t have the time for that you can either see them in town on the weekend or take a 10 minute ride from town to come and visit them at their home. It costs nothing to see them, but PLEASE buy a basket of food to feed them or pay the fee to take photos. It is only 50 baht ($1.25 US). This is not a money making business at all, but that small amount of money helps to supplement the massive amount it takes to care for these elephants that otherwise would have no place to live. Want to learn more, watch the documentary “The Last Mahout” and learn more about the family who founded Elephantstay and the history of elephants in Thailand.
Written 28 December 2019
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Jumbo thank you for your support! We and our elephants appreciate you coming to do our program and helping to create a sustainable future for Thai elephants. It's elephant enthusiasts like you that really make a difference. Thank you also for taking the time to write a review and sharing your experience with others. We ABSOLUTELY LOVE your review. We look forward to the day you return. Have an elephantastic day, every day The Elephantstay Team
Written 6 February 2020
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Gabby
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is my second visit to Elephantstay at the Royal Elephant Kraal, my partner has now been four times. We absolutely love this place. It’s the best you will find in Thailand in regards to interactions with elephants, looking after elephants and also learning about the purpose of the village. Everyone who works there is beautiful and will answer any questions you have about the elephants and their lives. The mahouts absolutely adore their elephants and treat them as a member of their own family. This place is truely doing amazing things for these gorgeous animals and there is no doubt we will be back again.
Written 19 December 2019
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Hi Gabby, JUMBO thank you for your support! We and our elephants appreciate you coming to do our program again for the second time. It's elephant enthusiasts like you that really make a difference to the lives of Thai elephants. Thank you also for taking the time to write a review and sharing your experience with others. We look forward to the day you return for your third visit. Have an elephantastic day, every day The Elephantstay Team
Written 6 February 2020
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