The Friendly Giants of Thailand

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is known for its highly-acclaimed Elephant Camp, where guests can enjoy interactive experiences with rescued elephant. The property has now launched a new two-hour Walking with Giants experience that allows guests to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.

The experience allows guests to follow the elephants on their daily stroll, accompanied by their mahouts – caregivers – and either the camp’s resident vet or biologists. Guests will follow the elephants as they romp through grasslands or forests, and watch their playful antics as they bath in the river and play in the mud. Finally, guests will also help prepare snacks for the elephants as the expert leading the walk explains elephant biology and behavior, and provides insight into the past, present and future of Thailand’s elephants.

“One of the most inspiring and heartwarming aspects of the camp is when we can give the elephants freedom to roam in their native jungle habitat, and creating this new activity provides guests with a prime opportunity to experience the pure joy of simply being with elephants as they socialise and behave completely naturally,” said Anantara’s director of elephants and conservation efforts, John Roberts. “It is also a fantastic experience for enthusiasts who are interested in learning about these majestic mammals from a scientific perspective.”

The Walking with Giants experience is offered alongside the Mahout Experience and Elephant Learning Experience as part of the resort’s all-inclusive Discovery Package. Other elephant activities, including elephant yoga, sunset elephant treks, and elephant picnics are available at an extra charge.

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