This project was created in collaboration with a Thai village headman in Mae Taeng to provide a safe haven for elephants rescued from street begging and performing in shows. Visitors to this project have the special experience of spending time with a small herd of elephants exploring their newfound freedom in beautiful natural surroundings.
Activities include preparing food and feeding the elephants, walking with the elephants in the forest, and watching them take a mud bath — a favorite activity among young elephants — as well as bathing them in a pond. Your guide will be on hand throughout the day to impart interesting facts about the elephants and answer your questions. Being part of a small group, you will have the chance to observe the elephants in an intimate setting and gain some fascinating insights into elephant behavior. You will also have plenty of opportunities to capture some great photographs of the elephants interacting throughout the day.
The owner has welcomed the opportunity to provide a home for elephants where they are free to live a more natural life, and are visited by people who respect and admire elephants.
Watch a small herd of elephants playing happily in the mud together and take some wonderful photos
Walk with Elephants
Number of Guests: 12
Number of Elephants: 4
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Easy
Age Suitability: Adults & Children 7+
Adults & Children 12+: 2,500 Thai Baht
Children Aged 7-12: 1,250 Thai Baht
Adults & Children 7+
About Your Trip
Start: 8:00am – 8:30am minivan 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 (educational video about Asian elephants / safety video en route to project).
Return: Arrive back in Chiang Mai city 4:00pm – 4.30pm.
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 and children over 7 – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Easy – leisurely walk.
Topography: Flatland, farmland, forest & pond.
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 must be paid at our office in Chiang Mai no later than 5pm on the day before your tour.
The owner of this project, Dej Son-Ngai, is local to the area and has been around elephants all his life. He used to work at elephant camps where he was troubled by the way that the elephants he saw were treated. He wanted to provide a home for elephants where they were well cared for and respected. In November 2017, Dej opened Elephant Heaven, which is currently home to four elephants whose lives used to revolve around street begging, performing tricks in road shows, or being ridden. Since joining the project the elephants have put on weight and are able to live a more natural life together as a herd. Dej Son-Ngai hopes that guests will continue to visit Elephant Heaven so that the elephant’s futures are secure. He is currently in the process of converting an old wooden house into an elephant museum.