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Spend the day exploring northern Thailand on this Long-Neck Karen Hill Tribe Tour including elephant ride from Chiang Mai. You’ll see majestic elephants at work during a visit to Maesa Elephant Camp, and after learning more about this impressive operation, you’ll hop atop one of these gentle giants for a truly memorable hour-long trek through the Thai jungle. Make your way to the Karen hilltribe village, where residents are known for their well-jeweled long necks. Explore the village with your expert guide who will help you to gain a deeper understanding of customs and culture. Enjoy lunch at a local orchid farm and make a stop at the well-known Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens. Your small-group tour includes round-trip transport and is limited to 16 guests to insure personalized attention.


  • 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

Your friendly local guide will collect you from you Chiang Mai hotel and transport you in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan to the Maesa Elephant Camp. Located just 15 miles (25 km) outside of northern Thailand’s capital, this popular stop offers travelers a look at Asian elephants at work. You’ll learn about the history of elephants in Thailand as you tour the grounds. These gentle giants have been used as much for transportation a they have for hauling logs and other heavy items. Feed your new animal friends bananas and sugarcane before climbing atop their backs for a journey into the jungle.
Your one-hour trek through thick tropical forest concludes at the Padong long-necked hilltribe village of Baan Thong Luang. (Travelers who prefer not to ride can travel by minivan with their guide.) Explore this interesting village where local residents who migrated from nearby Myanmar live and learn about the customs and traditions that make them to unique. Gain a deeper understanding of the brass rings that women wear around their necks to identify their tribe and hear about the subsistent farming and traditional handicrafts that offer commerce for this community.
Once you’ve had your fill of village life, head to a nearby orchid farm in Mae Sa. Enjoy a typical lunch before heading to Sirikit Botanical Gardens, where you’ll be able to explore the grounds and learn about the unique flora indigenous to northern Thailand. After a truly memorable day exploring, head back to your Chiang Mai hotel with your guide. 


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Good to know the history and to visit the long neck tribe

Lynne-Denise S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

excellent trip, the tour guide was fantastic and was very well informed.

the elephant park was excellent and also the trip over the fantastic hill and views are something we will always remember.

nicola w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We were the only ones on the tour so had a lovely day with our own private guide and driver. The Maesa elephant conservation park was well worth seeing and we had an elephant trek over to the hill tribe village where the ladies in the village were very friendly. Got lots of lovely photos. Our guide was excellent and very informative.

Bryan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour was amazing! From the hotel pickup and drop off, to the lunch buffet, everything was included. We got to visit two orchid farms which was a nice bonus. The highlight was definitely the Mae Sa Elephant Camp. The elephant show and trek along with the tribe visit were both enjoyable.

Nigar S

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.

Janis A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

Marija P

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

Adam T

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.

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