Save Thai Elephant Park - ethical elephant tour


This project, located near Elephant Nature Park, is home to three beautiful females rescued from elephant riding in Kanchanaburi, in the south of Thailand. The owner of the project accompanied them on the difficult journey to Mae Taeng in the north and has watched the elephants gain weight and become happier, healthier, and more relaxed day by day under her dedicated care since their rescue.

Arriving at the project in the morning as part of a small group, learn about the elephants while washing and cutting fruit and vegetables and hand feeding them. Then take an unhurried walk with the elephants to the river that borders Elephant Nature Park, continuing to feed the elephants from bags of fruit along the way. Guests have the opportunity to bathe the elephants in the river or just sit back and observe how at home they are in the water – a good chance to get some amazing photos. Across the river, you can see the herds roaming Elephant Nature Park.

After a short walk back to the project with the elephants, you will be shown the secrets to making the classic Thai dish – green papaya salad or Som Tum. Enjoy your creation along with a healthy vegetarian buffet that includes a delicious Thai dessert made with mango, coconut, and sticky rice.

In the afternoon, take a walk with the elephants to two large mud pools and watch them play – the mud nourishes their skin and protects it from the sun and insects. Before heading back to Chiang Mai, you will have another chance to feed the elephants and take a few more photos of these fascinating animals now living a better life, with time to socialize and relax. This project is suitable for all ages and is family friendly. As a visitor to this project, you are having a positive impact on the lives of elephants by making this form of ethical elephant tourism possible and sustainable over the long term.

Join three beautiful elephants rescued from elephant riding for an unforgettable experience  observing them interact freely and play joyfully in the mud

Walk with Elephants


Feed Elephants

Observe Elephants


Elephant Bathing


  • Dress in traditional Lanna clothing
  • Feed the elephants fruit and vegetables
  • Walk with the elephant to the river to bathe them
  • Learn to make green papaya salad
  • Enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch
  • Watch the elephants take a mud bath
  • Prepare banana-rice balls and feed the elephants

Tour Details

Number of Guests: 12
Number of Elephants: 3
Tour Type: Full 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 lunch
  • 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



Lunch Provided



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: All ages – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Easy – leisurely walk.
Topography: Grassland, forest & river.
Extra Activities: Learn to make green papaya salad (som tum).
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.

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.

Owner of Save Thai Elephant Park ethical elephant tour

Project Background

This project is a dream come true for the owner, Em, whose father has provided his veterinarian skills to Elephant Nature Park for over 20 years. As a girl growing up, she would accompany her father on visits to ENP and be endlessly fascinated watching the elephants. Em wanted to continue the tradition of caring for elephants by providing a safe, happy home for them. There are currently three elephants at this project – all females who used to work together in Kanchanaburi providing rides. Their names are Yok Far (60), Dok Mai (38) and Suparp (25). When the elephants arrived at the project they were underweight, but now they are much healthier and more relaxed. These three elephants have developed close friendships since being able to interact freely as a herd. Em makes a point of taking good care of the Karen mahouts so that they, in turn, take good care of the elephants, who are now enjoying their retirement at Save Thai Elephant Park.

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