1. Thailand
  2. Chiang Mai Province
  3. Chiang Mai
  4. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

Product ID: 211956
Experience Chiang Mai's highlights in a day. Visit an ethical rescued elephant private estate to learn about the elephants as you cook, feed and bath them in the river. Enjoy a Thai lunch and visit the remarkable Doi Suthep temple before the day ends.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Your Hotel in Chiang Mai City Center at 8:00AM
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Get up close and personal with the elephants
  • Take the chance to be an elephant caretaker for a day
  • Make a herbal medicine ball for the elephants
  • Enjoy delicious Thai dishes with rice
  • Climb up to the Doi Suthep temple
Full description
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.

Includes
  • Roundtrip Transfers from your hotel in Chiang Mai City Center
  • 1st class Travel accident insurance
  • Licensed and experienced tour guide
  • All Entrance fees
  • Local Elephant Mahout Trainer
  • The use of elephant caretaker outfits, towel, sandals and Hilltribe shoulder bags
  • Food and healthy treats to feed the elephants
  • Shower rooms, toilets and metal lockers
  • Refreshing towel

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Change of clothes
  • Waterproof camera
Know before you go
• There is absolutely no riding of the elephants or the usage of hooks and sharp tools, it is prohibited on this tour
• This package is suitable for all ages
• The tour price includes one driver and one professional English speaking tour guide (who will happily take photos for you)
• What to Bring: Insect repellent and some money for any of your personal expenses
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Wow wow wow.... the driver and tour guide were so nice. The driver was an excellent photographer and will send you all the pics by airdrop. The elephant sanctuary was just for our group. It was great to have all the elephants for just me and my friends, we got to feed and give them a bath. Lunch was great. I will recommend them to everyone that wants an exclusive and really ethical elephant sanctuary.

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February 21, 2020

Wow! What an experience! This was the perfect day for our family. We were able to interact with the elephants in the morning and see one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand in the afternoon with an absolutely amazing lunch in between! We had a very limited amount of time in Chiang Mai unfortunately so this tour was perfect-- allowing us to do check off two of the activities we wanted to do most in one day. Our guide and driver (who was also the owner of the tour company) were extremely accommodating! Our guide was the perfect balance of informative and allowed us to chat among ourselves and relax in between destinations. I could not recommend this tour high enough! Thank you all for such a memorable experience!

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January 11, 2020

Have to say was a brilliantly organised trip. Our tour guide Anan was just fantastic and even added an extra stop to the ‘Sticky Waterfalls’ well worth a stop. The elephant experience was superb and our leader Neo couldn’t have been more helpful. This was just as I hoped and no tacky displays or misuse of the elephants in any way. Highlight was bathing them in the river - was just a joy. Highly recommend this trip.

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January 3, 2020

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Pon Chiang Mai Private Tours

Product ID: 211956