It's about a 2-hr ride from Bangkok, part of a planned day-trip to Kanchanaburi province. We opted for the elephant bath and it turned out to be the best time we had in Thailand. if you've always wanted to get up close and personal with this huge animal, this is the place to do it. The "village" was clean, they had clean restrooms with showers and the "villagers" were all friendly. After you change into your swim trunks you go to a loading dock of sorts to get on the elephant. My wife and I had a 25-yr old female and proceeded to trek down to the river. There are plenty of photo opportunities, so if you have a guide or someone else on shore make sure he/she takes the opportunity to shoot a video or take photos of you and the elephant. After numerous "dips" into the water on top of the elephant you then give the elephant a scrub down which she seems to enjoy. After you come up from the river, the "trainer" will offer some trinkets for sale. Your are then led back to the loading dock where a large basket of bananas are available for around $3 if you want to feed the elephants. My wife and I enjoyed this experience so much and would do it again.
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