Elephant Twilight Ethical Tour

ELEPHANT TWILIGHT

Elephant Twilight is a half-day project that offers those with limited time the chance to have a meaningful encounter with elephants, including two baby elephants. Arriving at the project at around 2 pm, you will be introduced to the elephants, some of whom have been rescued from a hard life of logging and elephant riding. The herd now enjoys a more natural life where they are respected – free from the fear of punishment.

As part of a small group, change into traditional clothing and prepare health balls for the elephants made using rice husks, tamarind, salt and bananas. Get to know the elephants better while feeding them and afterward, bathe the elephants in the river and watch them play – young elephants especially love to play in the water. Then take a relaxing walk 1 1/2 hour walk with the elephants along flat terrain at the edge of the stream which you cross to continue into tall grasses  where you can watch the elephants forage and interact with each other.  As evening falls, a vegetarian buffet dinner and BBQ is served while being entertained by traditional Lanna dancers from the local village.

By visiting this project you are helping to support the transition from elephant riding and shows to elephant-friendly tours that take into account the well-being of the elephants.

Watch young elephants dunk themselves in the river while their mothers and nannies stand over them protectively

Elephants bathing in the river in Northern Thailand

Walk with Elephants

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Feed Elephants

Observe Elephants

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Elephant Bathing

Activities

  • Meet the elephants and get to know them
  • Change into traditional clothing
  • Prepare rice-banana balls for the elephants and feed them
  • Bathe the elephants in the river
  • Take a leisurely walk with the elephants along the river bank
  • Change clothes and relax at the project while the elephants graze nearby
  • Enjoy a vegetarian buffet dinner while watching a traditional Lanna dance

Tour Details

Number of Guests: 12
Number of Elephants: 5
Tour Type: Half Day Visit
Fitness Level: Easy
Age Suitability: All Ages

What’s Included

  • Transportation from Chiang Mai city to and from project
  • Freshly prepared vegetarian buffet dinner / BBQ
  • Admission fee
  • Qualified English speaking tour guide

Tour Price

Adults & Children 12+: 2,500 Thai Baht
Children Aged 2-12: 1,250 Thai Baht

Family Friendly - All Ages

Easy

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Dinner Provided

Transportation

Transportation

About Your Trip

Start: 1:00pm – 1:30pm minivan pick up from your Chiang Mai city hotel, or from our office at 12:40pm. 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 7:00pm – 7.30pm.
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: All ages – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Easy – take a 1.5 hour walk along flat terrain that follows the edge of a stream and involves crossing in shallow water, stopping to watch the elephants forage along the way.
Topography: Forest, grasslands, hills & river.
Location: Mae Wang, Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.
Nearest Airport: Chiang Mai (CNX). Please note that we cannot collect you from Chiang Mai Airport – only from your Chiang Mai city hotel.
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.

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.

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