Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park


Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

From US$ 53.77 per person

Learning about and observing rescued elephants at a sanctuary. Observe elephants respectfully in quaint surroundings, and enjoy a delicious vegetarian Thai buffet lunch.

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Duration 5 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai.


  • Watch elephants play in the mud and sand spa
  • Learn about and observe the rescued elephants' behavior
  • Prepare food and feed the elephants
  • Eat a delicious traditional Thai buffet lunch
  • Enjoy a relaxing pickup and drop-off at your accommodation
Full description

Meet and feed elephants on this elephant sanctuary tour from Chiang Mai. Watch these majestic creatures up close and learn about them from specialists. Sit down to an authentic Thai lunch and stay hydrated with complimentary water.

Start your journey in the morning with a hotel pickup from Chiang Mai city center. Take the 1-hour ride to the countryside of Mae Tang district.

Get changed into the local clothes and be ready for the fun activities. The experienced guide will provide information about the elephants' behavior and how to provide proper care for them. Then, prepare food and healthy treats for the elephants and feed them afterward. After that, you and the elephants will walk to play in the mud and sand spa. During this time, you will have a chance to observe their behavior, in beautiful natural surroundings.

After your time with the elephants, change your clothes, shower, and then enjoy a delicious traditional Thai buffet lunch, which is suitable for vegetarians. After lunch, relax on the 1-hour journey back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city center.

  • Round-trip hotel transfers from Chiang Mai city center
  • Live guide
  • Drinking water
  • Food for feeding the elephants
  • Vegetarian lunch
  • Transfers from outside 5 km of the old town

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Flip-flops
  • Insect repellent

Know before you go

  • Please note that all activities mentioned will be based on the elephants, who are not forced to do any activity they do not want to do
  • Once booked, the local operator will confirm the pick-up time with you again
  • Your visit will help support the work and future elephant rescues
  • This tour supports ethical elephant tourism with greater welfare

Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 1043 reviews

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I had a great time on this tour!!! I wanted to support an organization that cares for the elephants and not exploit them. The elephants are well looked after and their caretakers treat them like their own children. It’s was a nice experience and I would definitely suggest this tour! One improvement would be going over more facts about the elephants, where they were saved from, and how this organization continues the work to save the elephants.

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May 28, 2023

The people in charge were very punctual. In my case, they picked me up at my hotel. After we got to the elephant sanctuary, the guide explained to us all the procedures in a clear way. We were given clothes as the activities involved being in the mud. I really enjoyed spending some hours with the elephants. We fed and bathed them. When we finished our activities, the staff served delicious foods and beverages and we could take as much as we wish. I recommend this magical experience without any doubt if you visit Chiang Mai.

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May 26, 2023

Had such a great time! This was the highlight of our trip. They picked us up on time and the van was nice and air conditioned on the way there. The sanctuary was run by great people who spoke good English. All the elephants were clearly very happy and very comfortable around the workers and us. The activities were very fun and at no point did I feel unsafe. The guides were great and spent a lot of time teaching us about each elephant and creating a good atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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May 26, 2023

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