‪Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary‬

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Pamela H
مساهمتيْن
الأصدقاء • أبريل 2020
‪EXCELLENT! Contact response was slow due to rural and spotty communication. These workers have sacrificed their lives for elephants. It's not about people. Comfortable accomadations and good ethnic food and watching elephants! Heaven!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 مارس 2021
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Kayla K
‪Madison‬, ‪Wisconsin‬8 مساهمات
ديسمبر 2019
‪Our time at BLES was literally a decade long dream come true. It's a trip to get there, but it is truly one of the most life changing experiences you could ever have. The ability to spend a week in the forests of Thailand with people, dogs, and elephant all coexisting in harmony seems almost unreal even now. Things may be fraught in our current cultural climate, but if I would tell you that as soon as we are all safe to travel-- GO! You won't regret it.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 25 مارس 2020
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DroomDecor
‪Hengelo‬, هولندا291 مساهمة
فبراير 2020
‪Trying to contact BLES in many ways, but I did not succeed. Is BLES still open? Is it closed and therefore I don't get an answer to my emails etc? I don't know, the website still works ......: '(‬
كُتب بتاريخ 13 مارس 2020
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Martin66Moab_UT
‪Moab‬, ‪Utah‬39 مساهمة
فبراير 2020
‪I spent one of the best weeks of my life at Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary. I spent hours researching a vacation for my family that would offer a once in a lifetime experience and I was not disappointed. Trust me, there is nowhere else on the planet that you can have the experiences with elephants than those at Boon Lott's.

When you are at Boon Lott's, throw away the schedules and put your phone and watch away. Everything at Boon Lott's is on elephant time. When the elephants are ready to go graze in the forest, you go. When the elephants are ready to go to the river, you go. If the elephants want to take their time grazing or bathing, you stay and enjoy your time with them just observing. Always being busy and with a full schedule every day at home it took me time to adjust to elephant time. But it was wonderful. And if you are a dog lover like I am, you will be in heaven! Pancake and Locker are two very friendly dogs that love attention!

I was not sure how I would adjust to vegetarian meals, but the meals were all hearty and delicious! And the accommodations at the guest house in the village were very nice. Our hosts at the guest house were wonderful and very accomodating, even doing our laundry for us! The pool and bar were very welcome after a long day in the forest with the elephants.

My review would not be complete without offering my praise and full and complete admiration for Boon Lotts founder Katherine Connor. What an amazing woman! To have the opportunity to spend a week with Katherine Connor was life-altering, and one of the best experiences of my life. I asked Katherine so many questions by the end of the week she was probably glad to see me go! But I learned from her, I learned what commitment truly means, I saw what passion truly is, what it means to be dedicated and courageous. And I know that the buckets in my life are all fuller. Thank you, Katherine!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 9 مارس 2020
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Vacation754922
‪Southampton‬, UK5 مساهمات
نوفمبر 2019
‪Just returned from a visit to Boon Lotts sanctuary, totally life changing, we didnt want to come home. We will definitely be going back. After having had a bad year I felt the happiest I have felt in a long time, the Elephants made me feel relaxed at peace and in awe of their grace, gentleness, they are such magnificant animals. How people can abuse and torture these beautiful animals is beyond me. I urge anyone going to a place where there are Elephants please do not ride on them as it does harm them and is cruel, put the animal first, think about what you are doing and not your five minutes of pleasure. Think what you are putting that animal through. Some of the Elephants in the sanctuary have suffered horrific abuse and have severe injuries that have to be treated everyday all suffered at the hands of humans and for the amusement of humans. It is however lovely to see that they are now happy and well looked after. The owner of the sanctuary has such passion as do all of the mahouts and staff who made our stay such an enjoyable one.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 2 ديسمبر 2019
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LaosMahout
NRW171 مساهمة
أكتوبر 2019
‪Die Anlage liegt etwas 20 Min. Autofahrt außerhalb des Ortes und ist eigenständig kaum erreichbar.
Das tägliche Programm mit längeren Pausen besteht aus Spaziergängen im Gebiet der Elefanten, wobei ein großer Abstand einzuhalten ist. Annäherung sowie Füttern sind verboten. Man kann aus der Entfernung die medizinische Versorgung erleben. Beim Mittagessen kann man von einem Baumhaus aus, Elefanten beobachten.
Ein Markt und ein Museum sowie eine Fahrt zu einem Sonnenuntergang wurden angeboten. Mithilfe bei Vorbereitung einzelner Zufütterung ist möglich.
Die Elefanten werden leidenschaftlich versorgt.
16 Tiere sollen derzeit dort betreut werden: gesehen wurden maximal 6 Tiere.
Es stellt sich die Frage, ob diese Tiere hands-off gehalten werden können.
N a c h meiner Reise erfuhr ich aus Fachkreisen von diverser Problematik.
Dies ist das 10. asiatische Camp, das ich besucht habe.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 نوفمبر 2019
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K.W.
‪Gelsenkirchen‬, ألمانيامساهمتيْن
أكتوبر 2019
‪Alte und kranke Elefanten sind dort sicher sehr gut aufgehoben und können sich in einem großen Waldgebiet weitgehend frei bewegen. Besucher/innen dürfen die Tiere aber nur beobachten, nicht reiten, nicht anfassen, nicht füttern; es wird peinlich darauf geachtet, dass niemand einem Elefanten zu nah kommt - im Vergleich zu anderen Camps so extrem, dass eher Angst vor den Tieren aufgebaut wird. Erst im nachhinein erfuhren wir, dass sich vor einigen Monaten ein tödlicher Unfall ereignet hat - ein paar Worte dazu hätten die scheinbar übertriebene Vorsicht erklärt, aber wir lasen davon erst später in Zeitungen und im Internet.
Angeblich ist der Aufenthalt für alle Altersklassen geeignet. Man muss aber in der Lage sein, stundenlang auf dem Boden zu sitzen, steile Treppen in Baumhäuser hoch zu steigen und auf die Ladefläche eines Trucks zu klettern (eine Frau aus unserer Gruppe hat sich dabei übel ein Bein verletzt).
Ungünstig ist auch, dass man in einem Gästehaus wohnt, dass in 10 bis 15 Minuten Fahrzeit zu erreichen ist. Wenn es heißt, dass zum Gästehaus gefahren wird, kann es auch mal eine volle Stunde dauern, bis ein Fahrer kommt; alleine hat man keine Chance der Fortbewegung, daher auch keine Möglichkeit, frei über die eigene Zeit zu bestimmen.
Sicher ist es sehr entspannend, die Elefanten einfach nur zu beobachten. Da sie aber eigentlich nichts anderes tun, als immer nur zu fressen, wird das nach einigen Tagen doch etwas langweilig.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 نوفمبر 2019
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TParker922
بيتسبيرغ, بنسيلفانيا53 مساهمة
سبتمبر 2019
‪My husband and I had the most beautiful and life changing experience at BLES. BLES is more than a place, they are a family.

I will be returning again and again and am honored to know each person and animal there.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 29 أكتوبر 2019
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Brittany S
7 مساهمات
سبتمبر 2018
‪Please people! Do not be fooled! This place is not a sanctuary!!! I’m really really disappointed in myself I did this. No matter what it’s exploiting theses poor animals. Me and my boyfriend choose to go here thinking it was ok because we weren’t going to be riding them but it’s not. As beautiful as they are to see in person I felt really guilty when I was there. I felt like in front of people they were nice to the elephants but when they thought people weren’t looking it was otherwise. These animals do t want to be bathed by you, they are wild naturally and now captivated animals. They force them to do it, amongst many other things during it. It’s exploitation period! Please please think twice about supporting for your love of these beautiful animals.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 يوليو 2019
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photostoryteller
160 مساهمة
زوجان • ديسمبر 2018
‪In December, 2018 we visited Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) in Si Satchenalai near Sukhothai Thailand. This is the best elephant sanctuary in Thailand. It teaches compassionate care of rescued elephants across Thailand and is the most effective advocate for responsible elephant tourism in all of Thailand. For me, a trip to Thailand is incomplete without a trip visit the gorgeous and brilliant BLES elephants!

I first met Katherine Connor, the founder of BLES in March, 2009. This is my 5th lovely visit to “my” BLES family. Katherine, Hope, Noah, Arron, Ethan & Luke, the Mahouts, the staff, and of course, the family of now 12 rescued elephants, welcome only a few guests at a time and integrate us into the daily life of the sanctuary. BLES has already been named one of the top 10 Wildlife Sanctuaries in the world. And Katherine it’s founder, is widely recognized as one of the most effective and knowledgeable elephant caregivers in the world. I learn something new every time I visit!

When I visited BLES in 2009, 2011, and even in 2013, it was different from every other elephant camp in Thailand. At BLES, the majestic beasts are respected and treated to a life as an elephant. There are no shows, rides or forced breeding programs. The mahouts of the female elephants don’t use hooks or prods which is very unusual in Thailand.

Now that Katherine and her team and colleagues around Thailand have been spreading the word about responsible elephant tourism for a decade, I am seeing more camps advertising no rides with chairs and some “no elephant riding” at all. I saw this in Hua Hin, Kanchanaburi, and Chiang Mai. Change is in the air! There’s still a lot of work to be done, but so much has been accomplished in these past 10 years.

BLES, like some of its rescued elephants is now a teenager. Some things have changed with its notoriety & popularity with visitors. But I would still describe this to visitors as a homestay resort in the midst of a specatcular nature preserve. The 3 guest cottages were unfortunately recently damaged in a storm and there aren’t funds available to repair them. Fortunately, a European with ties to the local village has opened a nice guesthouse nearby. It has hot water showers and a swimming pool to cool off in after a full day at BLES. The daily fee to visit BLES covers the Guesthouse stay, all transportation, meals and other expenses. While I loved waking up to the elephants roaring or squeaking, I would also have loved a proper shower after a day on dusty roads or in the forest with the elephants. So change can bring small blessings too.

The meals at BLES are simple healthy fresh food, served at a communal table, or during the day, on a mat by the forest road, or in the shade of the lovely hut from which we can watch the elephants bathing or grazing.

With the other rescued animals there’s lots to receive your love. With lots of dogs and cats, a couple of monkeys, and Jerry the crocodile (ask to see his enclosure), there is always drama, laughter, and lots of stories. Every guest at BLES leaves a mark on BLES.

I have been privileged to watch Katherine’s family and her elephant family grow and to see the evolution of this spectacular nature preserve. Thanks to Katherine’s unusual drive and dedication, her family in England, and her supporters worldwide, 28 elephants have been rescued since its founding. More land has been acquired, trees have been saved, crops and food for elephants have been planted, stables, a first aid room and a viewing tree house, and other structures have been built. There’s always more to be done! So many needs, every visitor can make a difference.

If you love animals and nature, and you want a chance to be up close and personal with elephants, then you will treasure this place, and the BLES family, as I do. BLES’s location is definitely off the beaten tourist track. Those who make the effort to come out here will be inspired and rewarded.

Because BLES accepts only a few visitors at a time, they are usually fully booked months or longer in advance. But there are occasional cancellations, and now, with guests staying in the guesthouse in the village there is sometimes more flexibility. The information on how to visit is on the website. Inquire and be nice and be patient and you might get lucky and get in!

Most guests fly Bangkok Airways to the precious Sukhothai airport to get to BLES. The Sukhothai Heritage Parks nearby are well worth an extra couple of days there. They are like visiting Angkor At in Cambodia without the 100’s of tour buses and thousands of tourists. Be sure to check that out too, when planning your visit to BLES!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 12 يناير 2019
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