In Southeast Asia the elephant tourism is booming. Elephant shows, elephant ridings, ethical elephant parks… everyone has their choice. But do we choose the right thing?
The topic is very fastidious, and the million dollar business owners would do anything, in order to keep their secret.
But what is this dark secret? What is behind the latest trend “no riding”? What are the ethical elephant parks, and are they really in favor with their beloved animals? How could the travelers pick their elephant activities, that is beneficial for both parties?
We wanted to discover everything first hand. So we traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to visit different elephant activities to find the answers.