Despite not knowing much about animal, and particularly elephant, welfare, it didn't feel right to me that most of the sanctuaries in Sen Monorom offer tourists the possibility of bathing the elephants - they're wild animals so should have limited contact with humans. So I did a tonne of research into elephant welfare and discovered both that my instinct was correct and that the EVP didn't was the only sanctuary in the area that didn't offer this: their ethos reflected both my instinct and everything I found online about the subject. I then went down to their office and had a chat with them in person to ensure it wasn't just the website saying the right things but not putting into practice, and felt really comfortable with what they told me. So I booked myself on the half day tour the following day, and it was a million times worth it!! We just watched and followed the elephants from 20-30m away, while our guide (fortunately for us, the founder of EVP) told us about elephants & their behaviours, these elephants' backgrounds & stories, how elephants live with the local Bunting people, etc etc. It was fascinating! Lunch was included in the tour back at base camp, and was delicious! Highly recommend doing this!
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