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Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

1. Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

Meet and feed elephants on this elephant sanctuary tour from Chiang Mai. Watch these majestic creatures up close and learn about them from specialists. Sit down to an authentic Thai lunch and stay hydrated with complimentary water. Start your journey in the morning with a hotel pickup from Chiang Mai city center. Take the 1-hour ride to the countryside of Mae Tang district. Get changed into the local clothes and be ready for the fun activities. The experienced guide will provide information about the elephants' behavior and how to provide proper care for them. Then, prepare food and healthy treats for the elephants and feed them afterward. After that, you and the elephants will walk to play in the mud and sand spa. During this time, you will have a chance to observe their behavior, in beautiful natural surroundings. After your time with the elephants, change your clothes, shower, and then enjoy a delicious traditional Thai buffet lunch, which is suitable for vegetarians. After lunch, relax on the 1-hour journey back to the city and will be transferred back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city center.

From Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour

2. From Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour

Meet elephants on this guided day trip from Chiang Mia to the anna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary. Keep your clothes clean by wearing local clothes and boots. Travel in an airconditioned van and have the chance to feed and hug rescued elephants before sitting down to fresh lunch at a local restaurant.  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.

Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

3. Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

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.

From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Full-Day + Hike

4. From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Full-Day + Hike

08.00 a.m. Depart 2 hours from Chiang Mai by driving up to mountain Inthanon National Park, where Thailand’s highest mountain. The first stop at the highest spot rises to 2,565 meters above sea level, then takes a short walk around Angka Nature Trail, the rainforest rich with rare flora, animals and birds. Continue by road to visit two pagodas, built in honor of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand on each of their 60th birthdays. Wander at Hmong Market sells its own products, especially vegetables and seasonal fruits. Lunch at The Royal Project restaurant After that, start a 2-hours trek along the Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail. Hike through shady forests and up and down the scenic jungle. Absorb a panoramic view of the rice terrace with the blue color of the sky, especially Sep - Nov. Continue hike to Karen hill tribe village to learn their way of life and upon arrival, wrap up the trip with savor the freshly ground and brewed coffee. 03.30 p.m. Driving 2 hours for returning to the city and drop off.

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 715 reviews

This is a MUST DO activity in Chiang Mai! We chose the whole day experience and it was the best choice ever. They truly care about the elephants. We learned a lot about elephant behavior and their needs. Our elephant was named Mum, we fed him, walked with him, gave him a mud spa and bath. Definitely, the best day in Chiang Mai! Also, the vegetarian lunch was delicious. Book this, Right now!

Incredible! Woody was our guide, as well as several of his colleagues. They made sure we had a great time! The bathing and feeding experience was so fun. It's so clear the elephants are treated well as they very clearly have a strong bond of trust with the people that work there. A lovely experience that was guilt free due to how well the elephants are treated.

This was an absolutely incredible experience! The elephants are so happy and well cared for. I loved feeding the elephants, walking with them through the forest and getting muddy with them in the bath! The Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary is truly a magical place!

I do not know if I will ever have an experience like this one. The event is very well organized and the elephants are very well cared for. Th3 guides and trainers are funny and friendly. This is something everyone should do at least once in their lives.

Perfect day! Pick-up and drop off from hostel, vegetarian buffet there, and day proceeded with activities as exactly scheduled. Magical experience and elephants couldn’t be treated more ethically. Me and our group of 5 friends 10/10 recommend.