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Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary

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Address: 304 Mu 5, Baan Na Ton Jan | Tambon Baan Tuek, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai 64130, Thailand
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Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) is a small, family run, home for...

Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) is a small, family run, home for elephants and all other animals in need. Established in 2006, BLES focuses on saving land from deforestation and helping elephants recover from their traumatic pasts.

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My daughter and I stayed at BLES for 4 days/3 nights in Dec 2016. Leaving the eles, Kathryn, David, the mahouts and other animals was hard. We could easily have stayed much... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Palmwoods, Australia
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Palmwoods, Australia
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I stayed at BLES for 4 days/3 nights in Dec 2016. Leaving the eles, Kathryn, David, the mahouts and other animals was hard. We could easily have stayed much longer. The dedication and love everyone at BLES has for the elephants and other animals is amazing. Walking and watching the elephants is a great experience. The Gossip... More 

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Evesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked my visit to BLES 18 months in advance and it was worth the wait in every way. Yes, you sometimes have to wait a long time for an email response, but Katherine is incredibly busy and the internet is sometimes only available at the local village. Be patient and you will get your answer! This is a unique... More 

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2 Thank aspenlee
Leicester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I planned to visit this place for 2 years. I got the booking I wanted for my 60th birthday. Katherine and David run this sanctuary with so much love. They take in and recover sick and traumatised elephants from previous harsh working lives. If you are wanting elephant rides and other entertainment then this place is not for you. The... More 

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1 Thank coreen2017
Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I went there for a week and have to say it was one of the best experiences I have every had.. Katherine and David and the mahouts are all just wonderful.. its hard to leave and can only say that I am trying to find the time very soon to go back.. what she has done is amazing .. and... More 

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Fairbanks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

It is hard to find words to describe this trip. We only had 24 hours here but it was truly a dream come true!! David showed us around and is so fun of information and true love for animals. He has an amazing soul and we will forever be changed by meeting him. We didn't get much time with Katherine... More 

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Levin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I have been reading the reviews of Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary for a couple of years but now I get to write my own. I spent 4 nights there in August and within days of returning home I had emailed Katherine asking "when can I come back?" I'm now in the process of booking a week-long trip in January 2018... More 

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2 Thank Joanne D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

I have read most of the reviews for this place, and hoped I was prepared for the good and bad. The moment we finally reached the sanctuary I was a bit overwhelmed to finally be there. David welcomed us, gave us an overview and then let us settle in before coffee, and our first elephant walk. I am so impressed... More 

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4 Thank MicahRobert
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

It might have taken me a long time to write this review but the memories and experiences i had at BLES are unforgettable and stil fresh in my mind. I traveled to Thailand on my own and spent 6 days and 5 nights at Boon Lotts and it was everything i had hoped it would be. if your wanting to... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Kathryn is similar to Jane Goodall in her passion, demeanor, and communication skills. She will, no doubt, be known in the future as someone who was committed to excellence in her field and who sacrificed so much for the elephants she loved. BLES is a "small" sanctuary. It is intimate and the daily schedule changes dependent upon the weather, the... More 

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4 Thank ybigirl
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

I have just come back from an amazing 10 day stay at BLES. I honestly am struggling to find the words to describe just how much this trip impacted me. I really wasn't sure what to expect and as I was travelling on my own, I was really anxious. It is very difficult to get hold of Katherine, but once... More 

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