Patara Elephant Farm – The Abode of the Rescued Thai Elephants
The best part about Patara Elephant Farm is that it is a hands-on adventure. The farm is run by a lovely couple and their trainers who are obviously passionate and totally committed to their elephants. And, the best part is that it is right in your neighbourhood of Karma Royal Bella Vista.
While at Patara, don’t think of the Patara Elephant Farm as just a “farm”. When you arrive there, you’ll see no offices, no walls, no buildings. In mutual agreement with the surrounding villages, the elephants live in the open. The elephants have been bought from unsuitable/undesirable living arrangements (circuses, logging farms etc.). The moot objective being to get them to breed & plan to reintroduce them to the wild. This was the highlight of the day of being next to such gentle animals and the people who are doing such a wonderful thing.
Own Your Elephant
So overall if you are visiting Patara, you are in for a challenging one-day excursion washing elephants, having the bath with them, riding them bareback and feeding them. Technically, for this one day here, you own your elephant. That is the deal they offer for the complete experience. And, it includes lunch and a CD/DVD with your photographs in it. If you want a true pachydermal experience, where there aren’t acting elephants, tricks or shows then this is for you.
When I got in the place was buzzing with tourists from all over the world. I parked my bike and was almost immediately surrounded by elephants. There was a really playful baby elephant who decided to run around the trees chasing me. After this, I trekked to the bathing area for the elephants which is almost an hours trek through the jungle. The scenery is lovely especially when you are around the waterfall.