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Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

1. Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

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 the city and will be transferred back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city center.

From Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour

2. From Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour

Meet elephants on this guided day trip from Chiang Mia to the anna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary. Keep your clothes clean by wearing local clothes and boots. Travel in an airconditioned van and have the chance to feed and hug rescued elephants before sitting down to fresh lunch at a local restaurant.  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.

Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

3. Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

Begin your private experience with a pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city and 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, located up the hill, get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Learn 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. Continue with elephant bathing in the river and say a farewell to your new, big friends as you set off on the next part of your tour. Take some time out of your day to enjoy a delicious Tha lunch, eating dishes with rice and finishing off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruits. Then, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the temple that is situated on the top of a mountain. You can reach the top by walking up or using the elevator. At the very top, there is a golden chedi and terrace adorned with small shrines, breadfruit trees, rock gardens and, an Emerald Buddha statue. From the mountain top you will be treated to breathtaking views of the lush greenery below.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 715 reviews

Pon Chiangmai private tour to the Elephant Ethical was an amazing experience. Our day with Maggie and Pon was very fun and we had the chance to learn a lot from them and connect with the elephants. Elephant ethical few places in Thailand where the elephants are genuinely cared for, there is no riding or shows, you can prepare snacks, feed them, walk with them and take them to the Mud. We also learnt from Pon and Maggie about the history of the place as they’re extremely knowledgeable. This was overall an excellent combination of education and fun interaction with animals. If you have the chance go here it's great and worth every penny! Big plus, the food was also fantastic!

Trip was excellent - our guide Alex arrived on time, with a driver, van was spacious and clean and cold water was provided. Alex was personable and knowledgeable and helped us have a great experience. The elephant camp itself was great - small with the owner present who clearly cared about the rescued elephants. We interacted with the 5 rescued elephants, and learned the stories of their rescues (logging camps, riding camps and a circus). We fed them, played with them, washed them and rinsed them in their pool. It was a magical experience for our family (parents and 2 teen boys). Vegetarian lunch provided was delicious. Highly recommended!!

The experience was something I will never forget. If you go to Chiang Mai, definitely join this elephant tour, you will not regret it.

The staff is really nice, they elephants aren’t scary at all. Something to stripe off your bucket list!

Really great experience. Would highly recommended.