I have just come across an ad on Facebook for Wayfairer Travel ~ LUXURY holiday specialist, sadly for them I for one do not consider ELEPHANT RIDES luxury ~ more like exploitation & abuse!! Updated with their response

HOWEVER, their LUXURY trip across Asia includes Thai Elephant Conservation Centre

http://www.thailandelephant.org/en/index.html

Their ‘activities’ page

The TECC offers many exciting and educational activities for both daytrips and overnight stays. Several Restaurants offer Thai and European food, and several gift shops sell souvenirs, handicrafts and elephant paintings.

DAY TRIP

Our 40 minute Show is the highlight for most visitors, featuring traditional logging techniques but also showing elephants painting pictures, making music, demonstrating agility, and more. There are three shows a day: 10 am, 11 am, and 1:30 pm. Bathing (9:40 am, 1:10 pm) synchronizes with shows because the performers have their aquatic fun just before the first and last shows.

Other activities happen all day long, or at least until 3:30 pm when the elephants are taken into the forest for the night. A Hospital Visit is best early in the morning because that it when most treatments are done. Calves, in a nursery area between the bathing pond and the hospital, arrive early in the morning. Elephant Rides are fun anytime of day but most pleasant in the cool of the morning. The Dung Paper factory is open all day long.

Both Trekking and Homestay offer one-day programs but they must be booked in advance, just like overnight programs.

OVERNIGHT

Two overnight options are available for individuals and small groups wanting a one-to-one experience with ‘their own’ elephant. (Many repeat visitors ask for the same elephant year after year.) Homestay has One-, Two-, and Three-day programs which assign each guest with a carefully selected elephant to learn how to handle and care for. (On graduation day most guests perform in the show.) Nights are spent relaxing or hanging out with mahouts and their families. Trekking programs are very similar with two crucial differences: they happen in the quiet atmosphere of the Mahout Training School and much longer packages can be arranged, even up to a month. Trekking programs put more emphasis on the mahout’s way of life and the details of elephant-keeping. Some trekking programs involve camping out in the forest with mahouts and elephants. Group tours can be arranged

I have highlighted in red the bits that disturb me, we all know that elephant rides have NOTHING to do with conservation & the rest is equally questionable I feel, captive breeding for example.

I have filled in their inquiry form, informing them that this is not conservation & that they should reconsider taking travelers there !!

https://www.wayfairertravel.com/destinations/thailand/family-holidays/

Their reply

Hi Debra,

  Thank you for your email below and taking the time to contact us. Although I wish you had also taken the time to research what kind of holidays we sell before jumping to a conclusion.

 A quick look at your blog and you will find that the only elephant conservation project we support is the Elephant Nature Park. I am happy that we support an organisation that cares for these animals and also educates humans on the problems that they face and why they SHOULD NOT ride, or play any support in elephants preforming. 

Nevertheless, thank you for contacting us and being an activist.

  Kind regards,

  Harry

  Harry Prowse

Co-Founder

t: +44 (0)203 143 4293

m: +44 (0)203 289 7722

HOWEVER

on their website

Our Thailand Heritage family holiday starts in the bustling capital of Bangkok where we visit the spectacular Grand Palace before exploring the city’s ‘khlongs’ (canals) by long tail motorboat. From Bangkok we head to the historical city of Ayutthaya where we explore the ancient temples and palace ruins, and then we head to the central plains of Thailand to Sukhothai where we have an opportunity to cycle around the ruins and surrounding countryside. Our next stop is the fantastic Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang where we spend one night, before travelling north to Chiang Mai.

Their name & address

Thai Elephant Conservation Center
Km. 28-29 Lampang-Chiang Mai Highway
Hang Chat, Lampang 52190, Thailand

http://www.thailandelephant.org/en/contact.html

Compared to

https://www.elephantnaturepark.org/ which he states in his email

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2 thoughts on “I have just come across an ad on Facebook for Wayfairer Travel ~ LUXURY holiday specialist, sadly for them I for one do not consider ELEPHANT RIDES luxury ~ more like exploitation & abuse!! Updated with their response

  1. What a shame they are being so thoughtless, it always takes me aback that little bit more when it’s higher-end travel too. like, they have so much more flexibility with what they can offer because of the higher price-point. Good on you for highlighting this.

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