Baby Elephants & Thailand Elephant Experience

Please excuse this brief interruption from “Travel Deeper Australia,” as I jumped over to Thailand for a 10-day #ThaiFitChallenge with Amazing Thailand, GoPro and Adidas.

Each day, myself and three other Youtube compadres competed to capture the best moments from unique adventure-driven challenges such as kayaking, kickboxing and today, working at an elephant sanctuary!

Above is part one of four videos from the action-packed trip – The Thailand Elephant Experience

Thailand Elephant Experience

From the Anantara Resort in Chiang Mai, our first challenge was to go beyond a simple selfie and riding an elephant, to learn about the process of actually caring for elephants in Thailand.

At the Patara Elephant Farm, we were each introduced to our own elephant to work with as well as a caretaker who looked after them.

I was paired with Boon Gin, a 21 year-old male rescued from a circus, who enjoyed a good back massage and long walks through the forest.

Throughout our time together I learned about how to identify an unhealthy elephant as well the specific practices of Rescue, Recovery, Reproduction and Reintroduction to ensure the elephants well being.

Once our work was done and Boon Gin retired to the mountains for the evening, we were allowed to join in on a little play time.

A baby elephant, otherwise known as “lap elephants” on the internet, greeted us as with playful cuddling and wrestling.

It was the perfect ending to a great day with these beautiful creatures.

Thailand Elephant Experience

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do your research before visiting an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, or any animal sanctuary for that matter.

Elephant Tourism in Thailand is a major problem and many of these places do not treat the animals well.

PLEASE DO NOT go to places that use hooks to control the elephants or saddles to allow multiple people to ride elephants.



My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!


  1. I am so excited to see this blog. This is really nice information provide the best adventure travel programs. it provides the Elephants visit in Thailand. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. That baby elephant looks so heavy. It looks like a great experience! Though its really sad to that there are many places in Thailand that don’t treat elephants right.

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