Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

From US$ 57.10 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
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai.


  • 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.

  • Round-trip hotel transfers from Chiang Mai city center
  • Live guide
  • Drinking water
  • Food for feeding the elephants
  • Vegetarian lunch

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    Important information

    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 874 reviews

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    Paid about €25 per person with transfer. At the station there was lunch first & then you were allowed to feed the elephants (each got a bag). The guide spoke good English & the keepers treated the animals well. Were not afraid of the elephants in any situation! It was really nice, I would recommend it!

    January 24, 2023

    This is really recommended! The elephants are treated very well here and are not forced to do anything. You could really notice that they are happy here and certainly don't lack anything. Half a day was enough for us. We got to feed them, smear them with mud and then rinse them with water! In addition, very nice pictures were taken that you can buy all for a good price.

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    January 20, 2023

    Was informed via WhatsApp that the driver was late. I've never had it, so I thought it was great! Did the half day tour and that was enough for me. There is a change of clothes on site or you can take clothes that can get dirty and wet. The elephants love the water and the mud. Can only recommend it. In the end I was able to buy my photos for 300 baht. Of course you also have the opportunity to take your own photos, but where it went into the water the mobile phones were collected and safely stowed away by the guide. In the water you have no chance to take photos, since you take care of the elephants. And it's for a very good cause too

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    January 16, 2023

    Product ID: 154758