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Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

From US$ 119.16 per person

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.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your Hotel in Chiang Mai City Center at 8:00AM
Private group


  • 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.
  • 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
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    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

    5 /5

    based on 49 reviews

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    What a fabulous day K.Maggie and K. Pon gave us a wonderful experience #ponchiangmaitour Maggie was a great guide. With great stories and obviously loves what she does. The elephants were very friendly (and hungry ) and K.Pon made my day with his fabulously cheeky and contagious laugh. The Wat tour was great too so many beautiful things to see and do #thankyouponchiangmaitour. Can’t recommend them enough. Trust me you’ll have a great day. Kop Khun ka.

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    August 28, 2022

    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!

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    June 23, 2022

    What a wonderful day. Pon Chiangmai Tour led our private tour for the two of us, newlyweds honeymooning in Thailand. Mr. Anan (guide) and Mr. Oum (driver) were absolutely fantastic. We started with a visit to the shrine of Krupa Sri Wichai, who helped build the road to Doi Suthep. We gave an offering and then visited Doi Suthep where we learned a lot about Buddhism from the very friendly and knowledgeable Mr. Anan. Mr. Oum gave us cold water and then we went to lunch for some tasty Khao Soi, satay, and Lana sausage. Finally the real highlight were the elephants of Ban Chang Paradise! This was a beautiful end to a wonderful day— playing in the mud and pond with the elephants, feeding them bananas, sugar cane, and corn were so much fun. It was just an incredible experience and one we hope to relive with our children someday. We had the place to ourselves, getting to play with Baby Mai and the mama, Mee Tang, was truly special. Worth every moment and every penny!

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    June 11, 2022

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