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  • Location:Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Long-Neck Karen Hill Tribe Tour Including Elephant Ride from Chiang Mai

Ride an elephant through the forest on a day trip from Chiang Mai! After watching majestic elephants at work at Maesa Elephant Camp, hop aboard and enjoy a one-hour jungle trek to a Padong long-necked Karen hill tribe village. You’ll have time to explore the village of Baan Thong Luang with a knowledgeable guide before lunch at a nearby orchid farm and a visit to Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens. Receive personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.


  • Chiang Mai day trip to Padong long-necked hill tribe with elephant ride
  • Observe elephants moving timber at Maesa Elephant Camp
  • Take a one-hour elephant ride through the jungle northwest of Chiang Mai
  • Tour the village of Baan Thong Luang with an informative guide and meet members of the Padong long-necked Karen hill tribe
  • Visit an orchid farm and the Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Long-Neck Karen Hill Tribe Tour Including Elephant Ride from Chiang Mai

Long-Neck Karen Hill Tribe Tour Including Elephant Ride from Chiang Mai

After pickup by minivan from your hotel in Chiang Mai, embark on a cultural and outdoor adventure through the countryside with your guide. Enjoy a short scenic drive to the Maesa Elephant Camp, located just 15 miles (25 km) northwest of Thailand’s northern capital. When you arrive at the camp, located in Chiang Mai’s Mae Sa Valley, watch a demonstration of Asian elephants at work as they show off skills and move logs through the forest.

Learn about the history of Thailand’s elephants – once widely used for transportation and timber logging – and hear about the camp’s breeding and conservation program. You’ll get to know some of the elephants that are fed bananas, grass and sugarcane grown at the camp, and then have the opportunity to climb on the back of one!

Enjoy an exciting, one-hour elephant trek through the lush tropical jungle, riding over hilly trails to the Padong long-necked hill tribe village of Baan Thong Luang. If you’d prefer not to ride, your guide will take you by van to meet your group in the village, an approximate 5-minute drive from the elephant camp.

You’ll have ample time to explore the village of this hill tribe, which migrated from Myanmar (Burma) and retains its cultural traditions and customs, including the brass rings the women wear around their necks as a sign of tribal and individual identity. Your guide will tell you about the hill tribe’s subsistence farming and point out their unique crafts, including beautifully woven textiles.

Afterward, drive to a nearby orchid farm in Mae Sa where lunch is served at a local restaurant. Then, continue to the Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens, with time to explore the 560-acre (227-hectare) property and learn about the tropical plant and flowers. Near a mountain peak, see the gorgeous glasshouse complex – a highlight of the collection – before your guide transports you back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Was a trip worth taken. Our tour guide named Ms. Bua made it all the more interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We were afraid about a group tour, because we didn't find a private option here, but we were luck and it was only me and my husband. The tour was GREAT. The guide was very very smart and patient. We loved the Elephant Camp and the ride to the tribes. The lunch at the orchid farm was very very good. Usually buffets are not very good, but this one was special.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Amazing, on top of planned itinerary, we got to see other villages, Orchard farm and Tiger Kingdom. Guide spoke perfect English, well informed of art and history of the area. I'd recommend it to anyone, full day of activities

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Possibly the best tour we did in Chiang Mai. Would recommend to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The tour and guide were exceptional. our family group of 7 ranged in age from 81 to 40 and each of us felt catered for. The lunch choice was fantastic as we are all wary of the ubiquitous buffet so to be allowed an a la cart that was so tasty was much appreciated.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Excellent tour, the elephant show and ride was very entertaining, and the stop at tiger-land was exciting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

we had a very good day. our guide was very professional, super great English and always paying attention to each member wishes (we were lucky- just 3 in comfortable van).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Our guide Oin was very informative and pleasant. we were the only ones on the tour, so we ended up customizing it a bit. I would recommend the tour for much more insight into the culture than you could get on your own in a day.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

one hour elephant ride was a little long in the hot sun but feeding the elephants was pretty fun. Seeing the Karen tribe I felt like I was watching a circus side show or something so I didn't feel completely comfortable with it but the people were friendly and probably knew how much of a noveltiy they were.

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