The Truth About Elephant Riding

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Elephants and Thailand go hand in hand, but the tourism industry doesn’t always have the gentle giants’ best interests at heart. While Chiang Mai has established locations like the Elephant Nature Park and luxe Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle where visitors can engage with elephants in their natural habitat, until this year, the popular beach destination of Phuket did not. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary opened in August 2016 as a retirement home of sorts for “sick, injured, and old elephants who have worked an exhausting life in the logging and tourism industries.” A visit to the sanctuary is eye-opening and utterly mesmerizing. Read on to learn more.