Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

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Take an exciting full-day tour to visit an ethical rescued elephant estate to learn about the elephants as you cook, feed, and bathe them in the river. Following lunch, travel to some local waterfalls where you can cool down and explore.

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Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • Meet and spend quality time with elephants in their natural habitat in the middle of nuture
  • Cook healthy treats to feed the friendly elephants
  • Travel to the Buatong sticky waterfall to enjoy some walking and climbing around
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Begin your private experience with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai. From there, take a scenic journey to a private elephant estate where you will be their caretaker for half a day. Upon arrival, walk to the main base camp to get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Hear about Asian elephants' long and fascinating history as you learn to cook healthy herbal treats for them to eat for a snack. Afterward, feed the handmade treats to them and walk along their side through the beautiful lush forest. Following that, your tour continues with elephant bathing in the river before you say farewell to your new friends and set off on the next part of your tour. Following the sanctuary, take some time out of your day to enjoy a delicious Thai lunch. Savor local dishes accompanied by rice, and finish off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruit. After lunch, continue to the Buatong Sticky Waterfall. Whilst there, enjoy some walking and climbing from down below the falls to all the way up to the very top. As the waterfall is constructed from natural limestone, you can walk and climb easily to the top, enjoying the clear water to cool down. As your tour concludes, depart from the waterfall to return back to Chiang Mai.

  • All private transportation for you and your party
  • 8-hour tour (inclusive of traveling time)
  • Entrance fees
  • Thai lunch, snacks, fruit, and water
  • Refreshment towel
  • Banana and food to feed your elephant
  • 1st-class local travel insurance
  • Informative English-speaking tour guide
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

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  • The elephant mahouts outfit will be provided for you by Ethical Elephant Caretaker Team
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Fantastic trip-- a great combination of activities (cute elephants and beautiful sticky waterfall) at a reasonable driving distance, hosted by our super friendly guide Sid, who provided everything we needed and MORE (water, snacks, clothes, flip flops). Some notes: - At pickup, we were offered some delicious Thai sweet snacks that we had not encountered before. The adventure started early! - The elephant farm we visited (family-owned) had a baby elephant (2.5 years old) whose spunk and interactions with mom made the visit extra fun! - Lunch (food included in price) was at a restaurant at a beautiful mountain location. - Some group members found the sticky waterfall challenging, but Sid was there to guide them every step of the way, and they leveled-up. Yay! - You might want to bring two changes of clothes rather than just one because you get wet twice (at elephants and at sticky waterfall).

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June 16, 2022

This yep is a MUST Do! Our guide and driver Mona and Mr. Pon were Amazing!!! We had a great experience on our adventure. The Elephant experience was very private and personalized. We learned so much. The family who runs this farm was so kind and friendly. They let us really experience the elephants first hand. We loved that we were supporting small local businesses. The Elephant experience was a highlight of our holiday and we didn’t need to worry about taking pictures as they did all the photo taking for us and even put it into a video that we got by the end of our trip. The waterfall experience is also something that was enjoyable and a great way to cool off. My family had such an incredible experience. We highly recommend this this adventure to everyone!!!

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June 11, 2022

This was an amazing experience! Seriously, nothing beats getting to feed and bathe a baby elephant. I would come back to Thailand just to do this again. The sticky waterfall trip was amazing as well and so refreshing after lunch. Our guide Anan was very kind, patient, and knowledgeable about the elephants, Chiang Mai, and Thai culture. Our driver Oum made us feel safe and welcome throughout the trip. I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat!

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May 22, 2022

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