During this full-day visit to Chiang Mai’s Elephant Retirement Park, experience an intimate encounter with Thailand’s elephants that’s good for your conscience. Skip the elephant rides and instead spend the day helping out at this elephant rehabilitation facility, which provides a safe home for animals once used in the country’s building yards (now outlawed). You’ll get the chance to feed, wash, and bathe with these gentle giants.
Help out at an Elephant Retirement Park for rehabilitated animals during this full-day trip from Chiang Mai
Feel good about visiting: skip the standard elephant ride and actively help with their care
Get the chance to feed, wash, clean and play with these gentle animals
Included Thai food buffet lunch helps guests stay fueled up for more fun
Jump in the mud pool and get dirty with the elephants (if you dare)
Great way to have an ethical encounter with elephants while visiting Thailand
Receive a morning hotel pickup in Chiang Mai, driving about 1 hour outside the city to reach the Elephant Retirement Park, situated in the Mae Taeng countryside. When you arrive you’ll be given a change of clothes and a short introduction to the park’s mission and the Asian elephants that call the facility home.
Following your introduction, it’s time to meet the elephants, starting by helping to feed them a snack of fresh fruit or sugar cane. As these creatures munch on their morning meal, learn more about how the park provides the animals with day-to-day living facilities and medical care, including the application of herbal medicines.
If you’re feeling hungry yourself, don’t worry: an authentic Thai buffet lunch will be served around midday, accompanied by fresh fruit, tea and coffee.
After lunch, it’s time to get a little dirty as you help wash and cool down the elephants. Help brush and clean your chosen pachyderm, jumping into the animals’ mud pool to get right into the action if you wish. You’ll have time to take a shower and clean up before the trip returns you to your Chiang Mai hotel in the early evening.
Please note: it’s recommended that your bring a small backpack with extra clothes or swimwear (plan on getting muddy) along with walking shoes and sandals.
A brilliant day with friendly and helpful guides. It's clear they all love the elephants and that the elephants love them. It was great to be able to feed the elephants, play with them in the mud and then bathe with them in the water. The disc of photos was great value and very good quality photos. The lunch was tasty and they catered for a vegan in our party. We went on Christmas Eve and created amazing memories.