Elephants walking in the river at ethical elephant tour near Chiang Mai in Thailand

CARE FOR ELEPHANTS

This project provides a caring home for three elephants now retired from a life of arduous work in the logging industry and elephant riding. The elephants living here now get to spend much of the day doing what comes naturally – roaming through the jungle, foraging for wild vegetation, bathing in the river, giving themselves a mud bath, scratching against trees, and socializing with each other. At this project, an emphasis is placed on providing visitors with insights into caring for elephants, their habits, and how to interact with them respectfully.

The program offers day trips where a small group of visitors accompanied by a tour guide has the opportunity to walk through the jungle in the presence of relaxed elephants and experience being close to these enchanting animals. Guests spend time with the elephants feeding them fruit and vegetables, bathing them, and observing them in nature while they explore their newfound freedom. The tour includes a visit to Elephant Nature Park where you can enjoy watching the resident herds relaxing in the late afternoon. It is hoped that over time, a growing number of people will embrace the opportunity to be with elephants interacting freely with each other in their jungle home.

Venture into the jungle and walk with elephants while feeding them and observe instinctual elephant behavior

Walk with Elephants

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Feed Elephants

Observe Elephants

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Elephant Bathing

Visit Elephant Nature Park

Activities

  • Greeting and introduction to the project
  • Wash and cut fruit and vegetables and feed the elephants
  • Prepare healthy treats for the elephants made from banana, maize, tamarind, rice & salt
  • Take a jungle walk with the elephants, feeding them along the way
  • Vegetarian buffet lunch at the top of a hill in the forest with great views
  • Cut bananas from the hillside plantation to feed the elephants
  • Walk to the river to bathe the elephants
  • Visit Elephant Nature Park to observe the herds

Tour Details

Number of Guests: 10
Number of Elephants: 3
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Moderate
Age Suitability: Adults & Children 12+

What’s Included

  • Transportation from Chiang Mai city to and from project
  • Freshly prepared vegetarian buffet lunch
  • Admission fee
  • Qualified English speaking tour guide
  • Afternoon visit to Elephant Nature Park

Tour Price

Adults & Children 12+: 6,000 Thai Baht

Adults & Children 12+

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Moderate

Tour Guide

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Lunch Provided

Transportation

Transportation

About Your Trip

Start: 8:00am – 8:30am mini-van pick up from your Chiang Mai city hotel, or from our office at 7:45am. If staying out of town (outside the middle ring-road) additional charges apply. Please advise on your reservation form.
Travel Time: Around 90 minutes (an educational video about Asian elephants will be shown during your journey as well as a safety video).
Return: Arrive back in Chiang Mai city 5:00pm – 5.30pm.
Baggage Allowance: One small day pack per person.
What to Bring: Hat, sunscreen, sandals/flip flops, change of clothing (as you may get muddy or wet), towel, walking shoes, camera & insect repellent.
Operational Months: All year round.
Age Suitability: Adults & children over 12 – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Moderate – walking over high uneven terrain in potentially muddy conditions for about an hour.
Topography: Jungle, river & valley.
Extra Activities: Includes a visit to Elephant Nature Park in the afternoon.
Location: Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.
Nearest Airport: Chiang Mai (CNX) – we recommend you stay in Chiang Mai city the night before your visit. Please note that we cannot collect you from Chiang Mai Airport – only from your Chiang Mai city hotel or guesthouse.
Booking Details: Bookings close at 5pm (GMT+7) on the day before the date of your tour if made in person at our office, or 24 hours in advance if booking online. A 30% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking. The balance can be paid at our office in Chiang Mai or at Elephant Nature Park on the day of your tour.

Ethical Elephant Tours
This is a small ‘Saddle Off!’ project with a limited number of guests. Our model is based on ensuring the well-being of the elephants, which means no riding or other unnatural activities.

Elephants socialize in the river at ethical elephant sanctuary near Chiang Mai in Thailand

Project Background

The owner of this project, Ben, grew up in a village near Elephant Nature Park. This gave him the opportunity to witness the evolution of the Park, where the emphasis is on the well-being of the growing number of rescued elephants being rehabilitated there. After graduating from university, Ben wanted to learn more about elephants, so spent a couple of years working at ENP, where he acquired knowledge about caring for elephants with compassion under the model of ethical elephant tourism. In 2015, Ben opened Care for Elephants, where he applies the same principles of care and dedication to ensure the welfare of the elephants. The project is now home to three female elephants – Pookie (68), Kham Moon (47), and Sai Thong (51) – all retired from many laborious years of elephant riding, as well as logging in Tak when they were younger. Ben has a passion for imparting knowledge about the elephants to his guests from their diet, habits, and idiosyncrasies to how to interact with them respectfully and safely.

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