Elephant & Tiger Experiences of Thailand

Posted by  Daniël Cronk   in       7 years ago     6604 Views     3 Comments  

After I left Myanmar, on the 28th of November, I had 2 days left before my flights home. Having spent a number of days in Bangkok back in 2006, I chose to fly to Chiang Mai in the northern reaches of Thailand. From here I was able to visit an elephant camp, where, aside from riding on the backs of the elephants you have the opportunity to watch elephants paint. The paintings are sold for 1000 bahts (about $36 dollars) and proceeds go to help support the elephants that come into the hospital at the camp. Currently they have about 60 elephants that they care for.

Here is a video (not mine) of Suda painting another painting. Another video explains that the elephants really have no idea what they're painting, and are actually receiving cues from their mahouts. Personally, I don't care about that. The fact that they are using their trunks and physically making the paintings is the most intriguing part of the experience.

The elephants at the camp all appeared to be well cared for and there was no evidence of abuse, from what I could see.

I ended up staying for 3 shows because I found it very interesting. One of the elephants did such a wonderful job that her paintings sold almost immediately. When I saw how she painted, I had to stay long enough to get one. Here (above) is the painting that she painted, and I acquired (currently it is being framed). I have 2 other paintings, this painting I am going to give away. If you are interested in the painting, please send me a message and I will put your name into a hat. On December 9th or 10th I will let one of my coworkers draw the name of the hat and you will be notified.

Painting Up For Give Away
Painting Up For Give Away

As an added bonus, here is a photo of me with a tiger that I had the opportunity to sit with at the Tiger Kingdom, also in Chiang Mai. It was such a surreal and horrifying experience.

Yours truly with one of the 7 magnficient Tigers that I had the opportunity to sit with at Tiger Kingdom.
Yours truly with one of the 7 magnficient Tigers that I had the opportunity to sit with at Tiger Kingdom..

The route down was really cloudy and a bit cool. It was almost like entering the dark abyss of unknown. The vegetation is very much of the paramo (high altitude plants) and I saw many different birds. At one point I saw one of THE largest hummingbirds I have ever seen. About the size of my foot. It had stopped to rest on one of the many plants in the area and just as I was lifting my camera to take aim for a shot, he flew away! Just my luck.

A magnificent tiger at the Tiger Kingdom

Open up and say, ah


I am very passionate about traveling. My goal is to visit as many places and experience as many things as I can during my short journey on this earth.