The Karen Elephant Experience was an amazing one, with a ton of exposure to the elephants within a Karen village that treats the animals well. I do appreciate that they don't allow riding, but we are there to observe the elephants interact in the herd.
The group of Karen Elephant Experience is composed of 2 teenagers (7 years old), their mother and another older Elephant (65 years old).
It takes 90 minutes to get there, the first 60 in a AC minivan where they show a video and the last 30 min in a pickup truck uphill.
The morning consists of feeding the elephant a variety of food (watermelons, bananas, cucumber, coconuts) and do a small trek (100m).
We pause for lunch with a variety of dishes (white rice, pad Thai, tofu and fried vegetables, a vegetarian curry, several fruits). It was enough food to feed 3x the people that were in the tour (7 in total).
The best part was the mud bath, where the elephants seem super happy and the trek to the waterfall, where we bathe them.
It was super awesome, I strongly recommend the tour.More