Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park
- Transportation included
- Duration options: 5 - 9 hours
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I loved this day! This has been my favourite activity in Thailand they were really beautiful friendly creatures and I enjoyed every minute of the day. Really glad I chose the full day option as we got time to do a lot more than just take a couple of photos with them. Really friendly, easy going staff and mahouts, a very relaxed and enjoyable day. Lunch was delicious and we were supplied clothes and shoes to wear with the elephants (it does get a little wet and muddy) and towels to shower with after.
We ended up having a private lesson because it was the early days of coronavirus and all other tourists had canceled their trip. Rachel was a great guide. Funny, fun, informative, great conversation while instructing. We loved getting to learn about the fresh ingredients and what purpose they served in recipes.
This was a great tour and Jackie -- a former Buddhist Monk -- was an excellent guide. We learned a tremendous amount from him and enjoyed talking with him, as well as seeing Doi Suthep, a beautiful and beautifully situated temple, and Doi Inathanon, Thailand's highest mountain.
There were 7 elephants inside the retirement park and there’s only 5 of us who went for the activity so it was awesome because it’s not that crowded. The staff were really letting us experience how they take care of the elephants and let us immersed in their daily activities.
Long van ride but very beautiful spots. The guide was great and spoke English well. The van was quite comfortable. The waterfalls were stunning and the hike was peaceful. Not too difficult. Worth it for a day trip!