Private tour

Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

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From US$ 110.60 per person

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Take an exciting full-day tour to visit an ethical rescued elephant estate to learn about the elephants as you cook, feed, and bathe them in the river. Following lunch, travel to some local waterfalls where you can cool down and explore.

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  • Meet and spend quality time with elephants in their natural habitat in the middle of nuture
  • Cook healthy treats to feed the friendly elephants
  • Travel to the Buatong sticky waterfall to enjoy some walking and climbing around
Full description

Begin your private experience with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai. From there, 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 to get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Hear 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. Following that, your tour continues with elephant bathing in the river before you say farewell to your new friends and set off on the next part of your tour. Following the sanctuary, take some time out of your day to enjoy a delicious Thai lunch. Savor local dishes accompanied by rice, and finish off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruit. After lunch, continue to the Buatong Sticky Waterfall. Whilst there, enjoy some walking and climbing from down below the falls to all the way up to the very top. As the waterfall is constructed from natural limestone, you can walk and climb easily to the top, enjoying the clear water to cool down. As your tour concludes, depart from the waterfall to return back to Chiang Mai.

  • All private transportation for you and your party
  • 8-hour tour (inclusive of traveling time)
  • Entrance fees
  • Thai lunch, snacks, fruit, and water
  • Refreshment towel
  • Banana and food to feed your elephant
  • 1st-class local travel insurance
  • Informative English-speaking tour guide
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

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  • The elephant mahouts outfit will be provided for you by Ethical Elephant Caretaker Team
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Fun day! It was nice to get out of the city and explore the mountains and more rural areas of Chiang Mai. The elephant tour was great. So much fun to get official out fit and gear on and interact so personally with the elephants and the people. Personal video by Pon was unexpected reward! Lunch was yummy and so much good food. The sticky waterfalls was great way to end adventure! The private tour was the way to go.

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September 24, 2022

A fantastic day! From the moment we were picked up by Maggie and Mr Paul in the luxurious van we felt special & knew we were in great hands. Maggie gave wonderful information while Mr Paul drove us so well & we laughed and joked with each other the whole time. Visiting the elephant sanctuary was a highlight of our trip. The elephants are so well cared for and it was clear the keepers love what they do. We were treated to a lovely lunch and then onto the amazing Sticky Falls. Maggie was the best photographer getting us to pose in perfect spots while she climbed the falls like a mountain goat with a camera. She was also so good and making sure Mum was able to do as much as she could and always thought about her. Mr Paul was great with putting together a video of our day which we will very much treasure. We couldn't recommend this tour and Maggie and Mr Paul more highly. They are both beautiful people who seriously go the extra mile to make sure the experience is an amazing one. Thank you

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August 6, 2022

Fantastic trip-- a great combination of activities (cute elephants and beautiful sticky waterfall) at a reasonable driving distance, hosted by our super friendly guide Sid, who provided everything we needed and MORE (water, snacks, clothes, flip flops). Some notes: - At pickup, we were offered some delicious Thai sweet snacks that we had not encountered before. The adventure started early! - The elephant farm we visited (family-owned) had a baby elephant (2.5 years old) whose spunk and interactions with mom made the visit extra fun! - Lunch (food included in price) was at a restaurant at a beautiful mountain location. - Some group members found the sticky waterfall challenging, but Sid was there to guide them every step of the way, and they leveled-up. Yay! - You might want to bring two changes of clothes rather than just one because you get wet twice (at elephants and at sticky waterfall).

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June 16, 2022

Product ID: 370971