Day trip

Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

From US$ 52.35 per person

Learning about and observing rescued elephants at a sanctuary. Observe elephants respectfully in quaint surroundings, and enjoy a delicious vegetarian Thai buffet lunch.

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Duration 5 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai.

Experience

Highlights
  • Watch elephants play in the mud and sand spa
  • Learn about and observe the rescued elephants' behavior
  • Prepare food and feed the elephants
  • Eat a delicious traditional Thai buffet lunch
  • Enjoy a relaxing pickup and drop-off at your accommodation
Full description

Meet and feed elephants on this elephant sanctuary tour from Chiang Mai. Watch these majestic creatures up close and learn about them from specialists. Sit down to an authentic Thai lunch and stay hydrated with complimentary water.

Start your journey in the morning with a hotel pickup from Chiang Mai city center. Take the 1-hour ride to the countryside of Mae Tang district.

Get changed into the local clothes and be ready for the fun activities. The experienced guide will provide information about the elephants' behavior and how to provide proper care for them. Then, prepare food and healthy treats for the elephants and feed them afterward. After that, you and the elephants will walk to play in the mud and sand spa. During this time, you will have a chance to observe their behavior, in beautiful natural surroundings.

After your time with the elephants, change your clothes, shower, and then enjoy a delicious traditional Thai buffet lunch, which is suitable for vegetarians. After lunch, relax on the 1-hour journey back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city center.

Includes
  • Round-trip hotel transfers from Chiang Mai city center
  • Live guide
  • Drinking water
  • Food for feeding the elephants
  • Vegetarian lunch
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
    • You must present a negative rapid test taken on the same day of the activity
    • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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    What to bring

    • Swimwear
    • Flip-flops
    • Insect repellent

    Know before you go

    • Please note that all activities mentioned will be based on the elephants, who are not forced to do any activity they do not want to do
    • Once booked, the local operator will confirm the pick-up time with you again
    • Your visit will help support the work and future elephant rescues
    • This tour supports ethical elephant tourism with greater welfare
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 788 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Safety
      4.7/5

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    I highly recommend this tour! I was a little apprehensive at first reading up on these elephant sanctuaries and all the mistreatment apparently these elephants endure, however, here all we saw and witnessed was love and compassion for these wonderful creatures. The best part for me was being able to walk around with the elephants right next to you! You can tell these elephants are genuinely happy here.

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    November 22, 2022

    It was a magical experience! The day was structured in a way that slowly allowed the humans and elephants to get used to eachother (first feeding from further away, then closer, then mud bath and finally cleaning with water). During the day there was also a photographer who took pictures of all the couples so that they could enjoy the moment/ did not have to constantly think about taking pictures. However, prior to coming into contact with the animals nothing was explained to us regarding saftey/ history of the animals or even the shelter itself. I believe having some information prior to connecting with the animals would have helped a bit.

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    November 16, 2022

    Gorgeous experience. You really have the possibility to interact with this beautiful animals. There are many of them and you can have your own moments. We did a lot of pictures and also the staff in always ready to take photos of you also with their camera. The guide was really nice and available to any questions. Vegan lunch was really good.

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    November 11, 2022

    Product ID: 154758