Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Observation Nature Park Visit

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Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Observation Nature Park Visit

From $83.20 per person

Elephant Nature Park is a rescue and rehabilitation center in northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit. Take an ethical tour of the reserve and meet a thriving herd of rescue animals, learn about their behavior, and watch them at play.

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Duration 6 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your hotel in Chiang Mai city center


  • Enjoy a visit to a nature park for rescued and rehabilitated animals
  • See animals including elephants, buffaloes, dogs, cats, horses, goats and birds
  • Support regional projects that provide ongoing care for rescued elephant herds
  • Observe elephants living in their chosen herds as they socialize, eat and play
Full description
Visit Elephant Nature Park, a natural rescue center for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals that need care. Volunteers and visitors contribute to the animals' healing while learning about their lives. Choose from a half-day or full-day tour. After pickup from your hotel in central Chiang Mai, admire the views as you drive through picturesque countryside to the nature park. Learn the stories of the rescued orphaned elephants and spend time with the different herds. Enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch at the park, and get dropped off back in Chiang Mai at the end of your tour. With the full-day experience, have the chance to see and learn the elephants' eating behavior from a viewing platform. After lunch, walk down to a river that skirts the park and watch these gentle giants as they splash around while you stay dry on the riverbank.
  • Elephant experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Chang Mai (your final pickup time will be sent to you via email)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Vegetarian lunch
  • Drinking water
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers must bring their own headphones
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    What to bring

    • Hat
    • Sandals
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Rain gear
    • Hiking shoes

    Know before you go

    • Adult rates apply to customers aged 12 years or over
    • Child rate applies to children aged 2 to 11 years old, infants under 2 join the tour free of charge
    • Infants under 2 years old occupying a seat will be charged the child rate
    • The elephants are rescued and there are no chains or hooks at this park
    • Your visit helps support regional projects and elephant conservation
    Customer reviews

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    4.9 / 5

    based on 15 reviews

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    Recommended because beautiful. After the hotel pickup, we went to a first part of the park where there was a small group of 10 elephants. We spent most of the morning watching them eat, wash and interact with each other. Meanwhile, the guide told us the story of each of them and the park in general. Afterwards we also saw their huge colony of cats and we concluded the first part with a rich buffet lunch. In the afternoon we moved a few kilometers to another part of the park where most of the elephants live. The guide introduced us to their diet, what and when they eat ect. She always accompanied us throughout the park to show us the various families and the history of the individual specimens. The elephants are very quiet and used to having visitors around (they only think about actually eating) so that you can get very close and take many beautiful photos. Before returning, also visit their kennel

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    March 1, 2020

    I loved this outing in this wonderful park where they collect and save lots of animals by offering them a nice end of life. The guide was very nice, I liked the fact that we were a small group of 8 people, so we could really ask any questions we wanted. The unlimited vegetarian meal was very very good. The only downside is the fact that it is short because there is 3 hours of transport in the activity and the price is quite expensive.

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    January 19, 2020

    This park is reputed to be one of the most ethical in Thailand. Here you do not touch the elephants, and do not climb on them. You do not bathe with them either. On the other hand, you approach them in the most total respect. The park is run by a foundation that collects sick animals physically or psychologically and helps them get better. I really recommend this tour rather than visiting a Disneyland for Elephants! I also liked the "Cats Kingdom" as they call it. More than 150 cats collected and cared for, that you can approach and caress. The vegetarian meal was excellent! And it was at will :)

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    November 10, 2019

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