Reservation Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to lack of online service at the sanctuary, we are only able to answer emails when we are in the village. Please keep emails to a minimum when it comes to asking questions about your stay. You will find many answers on this page. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email Katherine. Thank you for your consideration.

To check available dates, see > calendar
To make a reservation, please email > katherine@blesele.org

Our Location

We are located in a rural village called Ban Na Ton Chan in Sukhothai Province. Sukhothai is a beautiful city of Thailand that has a lot of family-friendly activities to offer to travelers. The Sukhothai Historical Park is an amazing site of ancient temple ruins. You can also shop at the Sukhothai Saturday Night Market that is filled with delicious foods and beautiful hand-made fabrics. We always recommend to stay at least one night in Sukhothai town to experience even more of the wonderful Thai culture.

In order to maintain a stress-free environment for our elephants, we do not allow day visitors to drive themselves to us and we keep traffic through our sanctuary at a minimum.

 

Can I drive to BLES?

We do not allow visitors to drive themselves to the sanctuary in order to maintain a stress-free environment for our elephants. We offer pick-up and drop-off services to and from the Sukhothai Airport and surrounding hotels. Please give us details about how and when you are arriving to Sukhothai so we can accomodate you.

 

Can I use public transport?

Buses are the cheapest mode of transportation from Bangkok; the trip takes approximately 8 hours. Bus and train service are available to Uttaradit and we will provide shuttle service from there.

Taxis or personal drivers are also available everywhere and very reasonable, so if you are not coming from Bangkok, these are also options that can take you to our local guest house in the village and we will meet you there.

What are the guest rates?

The cost per guest is 6000 baht per night.


This includes meals, transportation to and from either Sukhothai Airport or Uttraditt bus or train station, lots of elephant time and unlimited unforgettable moments, memories and laughter.
Alcoholic beverages are not included but can be purchased at our local guest house in the village.
We do not accept credit cards.
A non-refundable  deposit of one nights fee per person is required to secure your booking, once your dates have been confirmed.
The balance for your stay will be paid in Thai Baht upon arrival and must be paid in cash.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Yes, all visitors must have a reservation prior to coming to BLES. Please email katherine@blesele.org to book your stay. Keep in mind we are often booked about 1-2 years in advance.

Does BLES accept credit cards?

No, we only accept cash payment in Thai Baht.

Do I need to send a deposit?

YES. We require a non-refundable deposit of 6,000 baht per person that can be made on-line through the donation link on each page. We will hold reservation dates for ten days and if the Paypal deposit has not been received after ten days the date confirmation will be forfeited. > Currency Converter

Where will we stay?

BLES is happy to partner with a local guest house in the village called Paradise. It is a 10 minute drive from the sanctuary and we will pick-up our guests every morning and take them back to Paradise in the evenings. It has all the amenities that we do not have at the sanctuary including Wi-Fi, hot water, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar.

Paradise is owned and operated by a lovely couple who are extremely accomodating to our guests.

Are meals provided?

Yes, all meals are provided at the sanctuary and are vegetarian/vegan. We do cook eggs that are free range and local from the village. All of the food is Thai style prepared by our amazing housekeepers who can accomodate to any dietary restrictions so please let us know if you have any.

Is there an age requirement?

No, we are a famiy friendly sanctuary and are happy to accomodate to everyone's needs to ensure your comfort throughout your stay with us. We have had guests from 9 months to 85 years old!

How long do people normally stay?

Guests typically arrive on Monday and leave on Friday. We can accomodate to everyone's travel plans if they would like a shorter stay, however, we strongly recommend guests stay for the full week to receive the best experience that includes special moments with the elephants, cultural immersion with the mahouts, and quality time with the staff and other guests.

Are there any other animals at the Sanctuary?

Yes, we believe all animals should be cared for in a loving and considerate way. We have a special rescue effort and are happy to home dogs, cats, monkeys, boars, tortoises and a crocodile.

Does everyone speak English?

The guest relations staff is English speaking but the mahouts and Thai staff speak very little English. We are available to translate for our guests if needed.

What will I do at BLES?

BLES is proud to have a very unique approach to elephant-human interactions. We allow our elephants to make their own decisions and choose how they want to spend their time. We never approach our elephants or seek them for entertainment. Instead, we have a observation focused policy that allows our guests to witness natural and wild instincts that our elephants are relearning.

Guests are involved in all aspects of Sanctuary life. Our activities are seasonal, to name a few: collecting elephant food from the jungle; maintaining herding areas; walking the elephants to grazing grounds; repairing elephant pens; walking the elephants to swim in the river; shopping in local markets; bathing dogs; befriending village families; observing the elephants in their bathing pool; hiking with the mahouts to recover the elephants from release sites.

How should I pack?

You are advised to bring practical clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy or torn. Long trousers are best suited for the high grasses and bushes. Keep in mind that the Thai sun is fierce and requires protection. Please also keep in mind that this Thai village is very conservative and modest. It is disrespectful to the people of the village to wear revealing clothing and having your shoulders and knees covered is appropriate.

A stay’s recommendation:

  • 2-4 Pairs of lightweight long trousers
  • 2-4 Long-sleeved, lightweight shirts
  • 5-7 T-shirts (non-synthetic shirts)
  • 1 pair of waterproof flip-flops or sandals
  • 1 pair of Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Hat
  • Lightweight Rain Jacket
  • Sun Screen
  • Insect Repellent without DEET

Optional:

  • Wildlife books or DVDs (we have a collection in all languages and greatly appreciate any donations)
  • Thai Phrase Book