LOVE FOR ELEPHANTS
Enjoy a wonderful day with four elephants retired from logging and elephant riding, now enjoying a better life surrounded by nature in Northern Thailand, thanks to our ‘Saddle Off’ model promoting ethical elephant tourism. At this project, the elephants have time to socialize, forage and roam – freed from a life of toil. Building trust with elephants can be a long and difficult process, especially when they have spent their lives being controlled by humans with force. Since their retirement, the elephants have put on weight, and have become more relaxed.
Accompanied by an English speaking tour guide, get to know the elephants while feeding them fruit and vegetables. Take an uphill walk with the elephants through the jungle mountainside, watching them forage along the way. Enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch at the top of the hill, overlooking Elephant Nature Park and the river below while the elephants graze nearby. After lunch, take a downhill walk with the elephants to the river, stopping to cut bamboo shoots if available to feed to the elephants. Arriving at the river, you will get to bathe the elephants and then feed them fruit and pumpkin before heading back to Chiang Mai.
Join the growing numbers of visitors to Thailand choosing to experience elephants in a way that is respectful and more natural – appreciating elephants for the magnificent, sentient beings that they are.
Spend the day with a small group observing elephants while feeding them, walking with them on mountainside trails, and bathing them in the river
Walk with Elephants
Number of Guests: 12
Number of Elephants: 4
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Challenging
Age Suitability: Adults & Children 12+
Adults & Children 12+: 2,500 Thai Baht
Adults & Children 12+
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 & children over 12 – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Challenging – walking on mountainside trails for 2-2.5 hours with some steep slopes which can become muddy.
Topography: Forest, mountain, river & valley.
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. Please note, in the event that there are less than four people booked on the one day tour that you have reserved, we will have to transfer your booking to a similar alternative project.
The project is owned by Prasit Sutto, whose nickname is Beom. For several years she and her family ran an elephant camp offering elephant rides to tourists. The elephants were required to provide rides for several hours a day and they were often tired and not in the best health. Beom saw how the elephants at Elephant Nature Park, just a short distance away, were living freely in herds and were well cared for so decided to visit Lek to talk about following her example. After learning about the ‘Saddle Off’ model, Beom was quick to join our more evolved program, offering only activities that come naturally to the elephants. As a result of following this new model, the condition of the elephants at this project has greatly improved. The elephant’s spirits have been lifted by their newfound freedom and they are now enjoying their new lives, being visited by people who show them love and respect.