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Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Ethical Tour

Activity provider: Lanna Kingdom Tours

Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Ethical Tour

Activity provider: Lanna Kingdom Tours
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From US$ 75.95 per person

Interact with elephants up close at the cruelty-free Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. Give the elephants a bath and learn all about the program to protect rescued elephants.

About this activity

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Duration 5 - 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Thai
Pickup included
Get picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai between 1:30 PM and 1:45 PM. Please provide your room number for the pickup service and be ready in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes before the scheduled pickup time.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Connect with elephants up close and learn about the program to protect them
  • Watch an elephant mud bath and then bathe with them in the river
  • Learn how to make herbal vitamin balls and then feed them to the elephants
Full description
Depart Chiang Mai and journey into the mountains of northern Thailand to visit the ethical Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary (approximately 1-hour drive from the city center). Upon arrival, learn about the elephant conservation program and benefit from an introductory talk and the chance to interact with the rescued animals. Get the chance to give them a hug and discover how to prepare a healthy meal to feed them. Go for a walk around the sanctuary with the elephants and stop to give them a mud bath to keep their body temperature down and protect them from parasites. Feed them before enjoying a homemade lunch at a restaurant inside the sanctuary.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Lunch and seasonal fruits at the sanctuary (homemade vegetarian food)
  • Water
  • Bananas and sugar cane to feed the elephants
  • Uniform of big bamboo hat and boots
  • Towel
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Accident insurance of up to 1,000,000 Thai Baht (approximately $30,000) cover
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for the guide/driver (optional but appreciated)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Change of clothes

Know before you go

  • No riding of the elephants
  • Please bring your camera, sunglasses and sun lotion
  • Please remember to bring any personal medication
  • A change of clothes is recommended as you may get wet whilst bathing the elephants
  • Children (under the age of 9) are welcome at the sanctuary with a 50% discount
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 597 reviews

Review summary

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I was nervous of if this sanctuary was truly ethical, but it's very clear that these elephants are well-cared for, and that we are there simply to observe and enjoy them. Our guide also taught us a lot about elephants in general, and gave us a lot of fun insights into the personalities of the specific elephants we were spending time with. The logistics around the experience were also great (convenient transportation, change of clothes/shower, and a nice vegetarian lunch.)

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May 10, 2022

Prepare to have your life changed after spending a day with these magnificent creatures. I really wanted to find the most ethical way to visit elephants, and this was definitely the right choice. Alex was an excellent tour guide, helping us cut up some trees and prepare vitamin treats for feeding. He introduced us to every single one, along with their back story. Wallow in the mud with them, scrub them down, and of course, give them all the food they want. Pure magic.

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April 28, 2022

A wonderful experience. The animals clearly feel good, are not forced to do anything and live in harmony with their keepers. Everything promised - feeding, bathing, getting to know the animals exactly, arrival and departure as well as snack - was exactly as described. We would highly recommend the tour to anyone.

March 16, 2020

Product ID: 121815