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Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Ethical Tour

Product ID: 121815
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
Duration: 5 - 8.5 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Thai, English
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Mai between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for the guide/driver (optional but appreciated)

Prepare for the activity

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 582 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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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.

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March 12, 2020

Prompt pick up from hotel - warm guide - an interesting drive our to sanctuary-about 1 hour - met, fed, kissed elephants - made vitamin pill and fed to elephants! Watched them bathed although could have helped! Pad thai lunch - a very worthwhile charity - TB 1,000,000 minimum to buy and save elephant plus ongoing costs! Worthwhile cause - I will be awaiting births!

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February 29, 2020

If I could give Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary 10 stars I would do so. Mr Pop has rescued/purchased 5 female elephants including a youngster only 3 yrs old. The adult females were previously working as riding elephants or doing heavy labour and young girl had been working in a circus. Mr Pop and his staff completely care for these amazingly intelligent animals and his devotion to and passion for them is palpable. We learned about their care and feeding. All of these elephants were calm and appeared healthy and well-cared for. I highly recommend visiting this place and also leaving a donation so Mr Pop’s work with these elephants can continue.

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February 21, 2020

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Lanna Kingdom Tours

Product ID: 121815