There are plenty of elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai, some with better reputations than others. It’s no secret that a lot of these places are extremely cruel to their elephants and are just out to make money from snap-happy tourists who don’t know any better. Having been aware of this before I arrived in Thailand in June 2014, I made sure I did my research before choosing where I’d spend my time and money. I knew I wanted to see some elephants and truly believed I had chosen the sanctuary well. Sadly, I was wrong.