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Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

From US$ 136.34 per person

Experience Chiang Mai's highlights in a day. Visit an ethical rescued elephant private estate to learn about the elephants as you cook, feed and bath them in the river. Enjoy a Thai lunch and visit the remarkable Doi Suthep temple before the day ends.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your Hotel in Chiang Mai City Center at 8:00AM
Private group


  • Get up close and personal with the elephants
  • Take the chance to be an elephant caretaker for a day
  • Make a herbal medicine ball for the elephants
  • Enjoy delicious Thai dishes with rice
  • Climb up to the Doi Suthep temple
Full description
Begin your private experience with a pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city and take a scenic journey to a private elephant estate where you will be their caretaker for half a day. Upon arrival, Walk to the main base camp, located up the hill, get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Learn about Asian Elephants' long and fascinating history as you learn to cook healthy herbal treats for them to eat for a snack. Afterward, feed the handmade treats to them and walk along their side through the beautiful lush forest. Continue with elephant bathing in the river and say a farewell to your new, big friends as you set off on the next part of your tour. Take some time out of your day to enjoy a delicious Tha lunch, eating dishes with rice and finishing off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruits. Then, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the temple that is situated on the top of a mountain. You can reach the top by walking up or using the elevator. At the very top, there is a golden chedi and terrace adorned with small shrines, breadfruit trees, rock gardens and, an Emerald Buddha statue. From the mountain top you will be treated to breathtaking views of the lush greenery below.
  • Roundtrip Transfers from your hotel in Chiang Mai City Center
  • 1st class Travel accident insurance
  • Licensed and experienced tour guide
  • All Entrance fees
  • Local Elephant Mahout Trainer
  • The use of elephant caretaker outfits, towel, sandals and Hilltribe shoulder bags
  • Food and healthy treats to feed the elephants
  • Shower rooms, toilets and metal lockers
  • Refreshing towel

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Change of clothes
    • Waterproof camera

    Know before you go

    • There is absolutely no riding of the elephants or the usage of hooks and sharp tools, it is prohibited on this tour
    • This package is suitable for all ages
    • The tour price includes one driver and one professional English speaking tour guide (who will happily take photos for you)
    • What to Bring: Insect repellent and some money for any of your personal expenses
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 58 reviews

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    Jackie and Pon are an amazing team! Very knowledgeable about the culture, elephants and the temple. Very friendly and take great pictures. They went the extra mile to make our day greats Couldn’t recommend this experience more. Ask for Jackie and Pon. The tour dream team! Their laughs are contagious! Haha

    October 20, 2022

    What a fabulous day K.Maggie and K. Pon gave us a wonderful experience #ponchiangmaitour Maggie was a great guide. With great stories and obviously loves what she does. The elephants were very friendly (and hungry ) and K.Pon made my day with his fabulously cheeky and contagious laugh. The Wat tour was great too so many beautiful things to see and do #thankyouponchiangmaitour. Can’t recommend them enough. Trust me you’ll have a great day. Kop Khun ka.

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    August 28, 2022

    An incredible experience. At all times they explained to us in detail the excursion and Thai culture. We were lucky enough to go on a private tour and were taken out to eat at a local restaurant where we ate the best khao soi I've had on our trip to Thailand. Very kind and attentive, they welcomed us with a typical fruit called longan for us to try, during the trip they stopped to buy a rice cake and even took a souvenir video and a lot of photos for us. I recommend it!

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    August 19, 2022

    Product ID: 211956