An increasing amount of people travel to Thailand to see its famed elephants; however many of them don’t keep in mind the importance of doing it in a responsible way. Elephants are often abused for the amusement of tourists, but now you can make a difference by opting to visit the Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai instead.
Our Elephant Sanctuary is an ethical sustainable eco-tourism project initiated by members of the Karen hill-tribes and Chiang Mai locals, who were concerned about the welfare of elephants in Thailand. Their projects also provide many Karen people with employment, education and financial support.
This amazing reserve has many options for visitors to experience the wonderful elephants of Thailand. The Morning Visit takes place from 6.30h to 12.30h and the Afternoon Visit is from 13.30h to 18.30h. When you arrive at the Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, the English speaking guides will give you a basic overview of the tour, some information about the elephants and then traditional Karen clothes to wear during the tour. The package deal includes pick up and drop off to your accommodation, snacks, drinking water and even food to feed the elephants!
But that’s not all… There are other exciting programs! With the Full Day Visit, you can spend even more time with the elephants in the mud spa and get a free Karen T-shirt. The Trek with Elephants program starts with a jungle trek with the elephants in their natural habitat, and then you will join half-day afternoon visitors for the rest of the program. But if you really want to get the most unique yet comprehensive experience, then you should choose the Overnight Visit. With this program, you will get to experience all the facets of the elephant reserve in Chiang Mai as well as other aspects of Thai culture as you will spend the night at a Karen hill tribe village.
Since the tour can get messy and wet (in a very fun way!) we suggest that you bring a hat, sunscreen, a bathing suit, a towel and a change of clothes. You can also bring a camera with you, but that’s not necessary as the Elephant Sanctuary offers a free photography service. The photographer will take photos of you throughout the day and upload the photos to a Dropbox folder that will be shared with you.
Throughout your visit to this Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, you will be feeding, bathing and playing with the elephants. But it’s also very important that you learn about the elephants and why it’s important to protect them. So choose this authentic experience and help us witness a future where elephants are not ridden, poached, overworked or abused, but are instead treated with care, love and respect.