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Secret Elephant Sanctuary, Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai: Elephant Sanctuary & Waterfall Group Tour

1. Chiang Mai: Elephant Sanctuary & Waterfall Group Tour

Take a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. Start with a convenient pick-up from your hotel in the city center of Chiang Mai and take a drive to Pon Elephant Thailand. Learn how to make healthy snacks for elephants and see the rescued animals. Go for a swim at Mae Wang Waterfall. Relax as you are picked up from your city center accommodation in Chiang Mai. Sit back as you are driven southwest of the city on a scenic 1.5-hour drive. Encounter local farms, hill tribe villages, and rice fields. Receive a warm welcome when you arrive at the Pon Elephant Thailand. Put on your traditional Karen Hill tribe clothes to look like an elephant caretaker. Listen to a briefing on Asian elephants and the background of the sanctuary. Gain new knowledge as you are taught how to make healthy snacks for the elephants. Feed the rescued elephants as you walk up a hill in the deep jungle. Watch the elephants foraging for food and see elephant families interacting with one another. Bathe in the river with the elephants and walk them back to the sanctuary, where you will be taught how to make elephant medicine balls. Take a shower and pack up your belongings. Eat a traditional Thai lunch and fresh fruits. Leave Pon Elephant Thailand and stop at the Mae Wang waterfall for a quick swim before transferring back starting point after the tour.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 178 reviews

What a fantastic experience! Mr Hon was a great tour guide and made a big effort with all of us. The whole activity was so good, it was a small group so not too touristy and being with the elephants was such an authentic experience - we got to feed them, bathe them, walk with them, take pics with them. This is a memory I will never forget!

Highly recommend this day trip! Great value for money, amazing experience with the elephants who are clearly so well looked after. Yoong was a brilliant tour guide, so friendly and very helpful. Food and drink included was great and as mentioned the day itself, from the waterfall to the elephant sanctuary is not to be missed.

Our host and guide was Jimmy. We had an awesome day. Fed the elephants, interacted with them, hiked with them and bathed them. Afterwards we had a good lunch of chicken pad thai with pineapple and watermelon. The day finished with spending some time at a small waterfall. Worth it.

Amazing experience from feeding, walking and bathing the elephants, then a really nice lunch and we finished with a cool swim in the waterfall. Mr Ronnie, our tour guide, was an absolute legend as well!

Picked up on time, guide was super friendly and informative. Given everything we needed, and the waterfall trek and the elephant sanctuary were amazing!