Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai - Full day visit
Get to know each of the remarkable elephants with Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai – Full Day Visit. Experience life with the elephants in their natural home – an environment which is both safe and sustainable for them. Located beside one of the Karen villages in a densely forested region, the Sanctuary is surrounded by spectacular jungle scenery that you will surely enjoy.
Once you arrive at the Sanctuary, an English-speaking guide will show you around and teach you a little about the elephants and the local way of life. Get changed into traditional Karen clothing while you listen to the guide telling you stories about the Sanctuary and the elephants. Grab some bananas and sugar cane, and you will be ready to meet the elephants! Learn about their behavior, and discover the unique and interesting history of each elephant as you touch, play, feed, and take pictures with them.
Once you have spent time with each elephant, you can retire to a relaxing platform overlooking a picturesque river and jungle. There, you will enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Thai food and fresh fruit, before being reunited with your elephant friends again. It’s time for a therapeutic mud spa! Feel free to get muddy as you cover the elephants in a protective layer of mud (it’s very hot for them!). Next, you will walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they play in the water.
Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final pictures of them, and then it will be time to wash off the remaining mud and change into dry clothes. To finish the day, you will take a scenic walk through the Karen village. You will then part ways with your local guide, and return to Chiang Mai, experiencing the drive through rural scenery in the pleasant glow of the afternoon sun.
📅 Departure days: daily, Monday to Sunday
⏳ Duration: full day
🕗 Pick up time: 8.00h – 8.30h
🕔 Drop off time: 17.30h – 18.00h
🔺 Pick up from your hotel or accommodation.
🔺 Drive approximately 1.5 hours South of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest and local farming areas.
🔺 Arrive at the Elephant Sanctuary. Learn about the elephants and get changed into traditional Karen clothing.
🔺 Meet the elephants. Feed, interact and play with them in their natural environment as you learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants.
🔺 Enjoy a traditional Thai food lunch and have some fresh fruit.
🔺 Mud spa with the elephants.
🔺 Learn how to make herbal medicine balls, feed the elephants and walk with them to a river for a bath.
🔺 Scenic walk to a Karen village.
🔺 Leave the Elephant Sanctuary and drive approximately 1.5 hours back to Chiang Mai.
🔺 Drop off at your hotel or accommodation.
Please note. At the Sanctuary, you will get to spend as much time as possible with the elephants. Therefore, there is no formal schedule (besides the pick-up/drop off times) and the times are approximations.
✔ Pick up / drop off at your accommodation in Chiang Mai (within a 5km radius of Chiang Mai’s Old City)
✔ English-speaking tour guides
✔ Traditional Thai buffet lunch
✔ Drinking water
✔ Food to feed the elephants
📷 FREE photography service. The photographers will take photos of you throughout the day and upload them to Dropbox, which you can then access through the link on the Facebook page.
⚫ We cannot guarantee that there will be available seats in case you choose to change the date of the tour.
⚫ Please, inform us of this change via email at least 48 hours before the starting date of the tour. Should there be seats available for another date, we will inform you and make the necessary changes.
✘ Due to the company’s policy, any cancellations made 48 hours or more before departure (2 days and beyond) will be partially refunded. A 1.000THB cancellation fee per person will be incurred, and the rest of the payment will be refunded. In addition, if payment was made by PayPal or bank transfer, then PayPal or bank transfer fees will be deducted as well.
✘ Cancellation made within 48 hours before departure or no-shows will not be refunded.
🌧 Please, note that you cannot change the date of your visit due to poor weather conditions, and the Elephant Sanctuary will remain operational despite rain and other mild weather conditions.