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While a source of great amusement, be sure to choose your tour responsibly. Some have reported elephants in distress and what looked like painful, horrible conditions for the animals. Ask other tourists and check online before choosing. When in doubt, choose a no-ride sanctuary rather than a riding park. It is important to understand that elephants are considered livestock under Thai law, and as such owners can treat them in any way they please. This often includes beating, stabbing, or blinding them, or subjecting them to Phajaan. Elephants generally will not accept riders on the trekking seat unless they have undergone the Phajaan. It is encouraged that visitors do their own research to draw their own conclusions. A good, although not foolproof, sign for spotting elephant mistreatment is holes in or pieces missing from the ear. When in doubt, choose a non-riding sanctuary.
 
While a source of great amusement, be sure to choose your tour responsibly. Some have reported elephants in distress and what looked like painful, horrible conditions for the animals. Ask other tourists and check online before choosing. When in doubt, choose a no-ride sanctuary rather than a riding park. It is important to understand that elephants are considered livestock under Thai law, and as such owners can treat them in any way they please. This often includes beating, stabbing, or blinding them, or subjecting them to Phajaan. Elephants generally will not accept riders on the trekking seat unless they have undergone the Phajaan. It is encouraged that visitors do their own research to draw their own conclusions. A good, although not foolproof, sign for spotting elephant mistreatment is holes in or pieces missing from the ear. When in doubt, choose a non-riding sanctuary.
 
Every year there are reports of tourists who ride or come close to so-called 'domesticated' elements, maimed or killed by them, and [https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/05/elephants-tourism-thailand/483138/ many more of their mahouts] (handlers) who are mainly Myanmar immigrants in poverty, are regularly killed. These are large, dangerous mammals.
 
  
 
* <see name="Baanchang Elephant Park" alt="" address="147/1 Rachadamnern Rd" directions="" phone="+66 53 814174 or +66 89 6355206" url="http://www.baanchangelephantpark.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> For those who stay overnight, the hosts host a night by the campfire putting on rural entertainment such as making sticky rice in bamboo and releasing fire lanterns into the night sky during the months from November to January. Can be accessed from many of the local hotels and hostels.</see>
 
* <see name="Baanchang Elephant Park" alt="" address="147/1 Rachadamnern Rd" directions="" phone="+66 53 814174 or +66 89 6355206" url="http://www.baanchangelephantpark.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> For those who stay overnight, the hosts host a night by the campfire putting on rural entertainment such as making sticky rice in bamboo and releasing fire lanterns into the night sky during the months from November to January. Can be accessed from many of the local hotels and hostels.</see>

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