• Tour code: 12040P4
  • Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Help care for elephants at Baanchang Elephant Park on this 8-hour volunteer program from Chiang Mai. Visit the Elephant Paper Dung Factory to see how the elephants' waste is put to good use. Learn about the conservation efforts for the Asian elephants in Thailand. As Baanchang is dedicated to the elephants' well-being, there is no elephant riding on this tour. Round-trip transportation from your Chiang Mai accommodations and a traditional Thai lunch are included.

Highlights

  • 8-hour experience helping care for elephants at Baanchang Elephant Park
  • Help exercise and feed the elephants under the supervision of trained staff
  • Learn about the park's conservation efforts, as well as Asian elephant biology and behavior
  • Visit the Elephant Paper Dung Factory
  • Lunch included
  • Pickup and drop-off from Chiang Mai hotels

What You Can Expect

Be ready for pickup at your hotel at 8:30am, then climb into a comfortable tour vehicle bound for the Baanchang Elephant Park. Relax and enjoy the scenery during the 1-hour ride, which passes through jungle, by local villages and shops. 

As you enter the park, you'll see the resident elephants bathing and playing in a man-made pond. Meet the park's staff and change into your extra set of clothes, then get an orientation on elephant biology and behavior, as well as the park's mission in elephant conservation. 

Visit the Elephant Dung Paper Factory, where you can see how the elephants' waste is made into paper. Learn about the environmentally responsible process, which uses an endlessly renewable resource. 

Next, you'll meet the elephants and get to feed them some bananas and sugarcane while supervised before departing for a walk in the jungle. Elephants need daily exercise and stimulation that these jungle walks help provide. Back at the park, head for the pond to cool off in a refreshing bath near the elephants.

Change back into your street clothes and sit down for a traditional Thai lunch prepared by the park's staff before climbing back in our tour vehicle for the return trip to Chiang Mai.

Customer Reviews

rljenkins52

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A fantastic trip which was so much fun - a highlight of our holiday. The Tour host at the park was also superb - not to mention the elephants!

Cynthia Lynn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had an amazing day with the elephants and guides! Very fun day!

Gabriella F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

What a wonderful day! Thank you for Dang, our guide and his crew for this lifetime experience! Enjoyed every minute from the poo-poo factory to the elephant bathing. And please support them and purchase the pictures after your tour. I keep looking at them, favorite part from our vacation.

michelly0404

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a great tour! Probably the most fun we had in Chiang Mai. Our tour guide was so informative about the elephants. They are gentle giants and we had so much fun walking them, feeding them and bathing them. The lunch served was also delicious. A+++

Susan.James

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Loved the time I spent at Baanchang Elephant Park in Chiang Mai. I was picked up right on time with another couple, so there were only 3 of us. The day prior there had been 20, so we were very lucky. We first visited the PooPooPaper factory, where we learned about what happens with Elephant Poo. Then we were taken to the Elephant park where we met our elephants and got to know them. We fed them and bathed them and it was really great. Just a word of caution..I was severely bitten by red ants, either from sitting on the bamboo having lunch or in the field as they were eating. My legs were a mess, probably 50 bites that all turned red and ugly. I was advised to go and get some salve, which I did, but it took a few days for them to calm down. Al in all, it was an amazing experience, one I will remember for ever!

margaret t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Staff was wonderfull and the experience was one of a kind

Ruth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

A must do! This company is great and the whole day was fantastic!

Ravindran P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We were picked up from hotel promptly and after picking up other members of group we stopped at a factory that makes paper from elephant poop. An interesting visit with an opportunity to make paper from the poop. Next we headed off to the elephant park. Our guide Nai, was with us throughout the tour and briefed us on safety and what we were going to do. Then came the wonderful elephants - they looked well looked after and stress free - we wanted to make sure the elephants were wel treated and this wasn't just another park that drew tourists with little care for the stress they put on the animals. It was agreat experience and well worth every penny we paid. Lunch was a hugh box of Pad Thai - delicious and we ate while the elephants were relaxing after their walk with us. A definite must.

John L

4 star rating: Recommended December 2017

fun day, but hot. elephants are big! up close and personal was great. they do try to spray over you when trying to cool off.

Maudi O

4 star rating: Recommended November 2017

This was great. I'm not giving a 5 because they didn't really prepare you for the experience...Wear comfy shoes and be ready to take a walk. The guide was awesome and it was an experience of a lifetime!

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