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This private day trip from Chiang Mai provides an immersive experience with local elephant conservation efforts — it’s a Viator Exclusive you won’t find anywhere else! Tour the hospital, watch infants at the nursery, and feed and bathe the elephants. Your visit to the Friends of the Asian Elephant and the Thai Elephant Conservation Center near Lampang includes lunch and a stop at the Ban Chang Nak museum with an optional elephant ride and crafts workshop. Relax via air-conditioned transport by private minibus and enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide.


  • Participate in a variety of elephant-related activities on this Viator Exclusive private tour
  • Meet rehabilitated elephants at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation and the Thai Elephant Conservation Center
  • Feed elephants, see them bathe and watch them paint and play during an entertaining show
  • View elephant-themed artwork at the Ban Chang Nak museum, founded by a renowned Thai artist
  • Enjoy complimentary lunch plus an optional elephant ride and crafts workshop
  • A portion of the tour price goes to the conservation centers you visit on this Viator Exclusive

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Viator Exclusive: Elephant Conservation Experience in Chiang Mai

Viator Exclusive: Elephant Conservation Experience in Chiang Mai

This exclusive visit to Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation and the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC) introduces you to these endangered animals and their plight.
Meet your guide upon pickup at your Chiang Mai hotel in the morning and relax on the approximate 1.5-hour drive by private vehicle toward Lampang. On arrival, watch a short video about Mosha and Motala, two elephants who survived landmine injuries, including one who received the world’s first elephant prosthetic. You’ll meet these gentle giants at the elephant hospital and learn about the foundation’s efforts to improve the fate of Thailand’s elephants.
Your guide accompanies you next door to TECC, where you can interact with elephant moms and their infants at the nursery, feed and help bathe the majestic creatures.
Before or after a Thai lunch at the center, you can opt for a 30-minute or 1-hour tandem elephant ride (own expense).
Departing for Chiang Mai, make a brief stop at Mae Ta, a small market selling local goods. You’ll visit Ban Chang Nak, a museum and artist workshop founded by a master carver of wooden elephants. Admire hundreds of works by local artists on display, and later have the opportunity to paint your own miniature elephant during a crafts workshop at the Elephant Parade House in Chiang Mai (additional expense), before hotel drop-off in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

Amy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour guides were phenomenal! Knowledgable, friendly and fun.

Miss T A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great tour. Private transfer with free bottles of water all day. Tour guide was knowledgeable and informative. Lots of opportunities to interact with elephants- riding, feeding, taking photos etc at a small cost. Would highly recommend. Can spend the whole day at the conservation centre as has everything from elephant shows to a cafe and shop.

Gill C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Absolutely excellent! My guide was thoughtful as well as being informative. The whole day was full of interest and surprises! I was very well looked after. Would recommend to anyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Elephants galore! Great day out and offers more than just typical full day elephant experience. Had driver and guide to ourselves. Was touched by elephant hospital and happy to see animals so well cared for. Got to have a quick ride, visited local markets and 2 amazing elephant art galleries. Great day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour provided an interesting insight into some of the challenges Asian elephants face today, their importance in Thai culture, and the efforts being made to conserve these lovely animals.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

They treat elephants right at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. I was very moved by little Mosha!

Fernando Camarate ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The absolute highlight in our vacations in Thailand - it changed our perspective about the elephants, Thai culture and it was the richest experience we could have asked for.

Clyde V USA

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

Especially liked the elephant hospital.

Katherine T

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Guide was very friendly. We really loved the conservatory as well as the elephant hospital. The day was a little bit long and could have perhaps been a half day tour.

Darren Meg L Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2015

My husband, 5 and 1/2 year old daughter and I enjoyed this day trip. We particularly enjoyed visiting the elephant hospital and hearing the stories about Mosha and Motala.
The elephant show was interesting and fun. Whilst nervous, I enjoyed feeding the elephants. We loved watching the elephants having a bath.
However, the highlight was going for a ride on an elephant - an amazing experience.
This was a long day trip and perhaps could be condensed we didn't think the trip to the Ban Chang Nak museum was essential.
Overall, it was a great elephant experience daytrip.

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