Elephant Nature Park Chiang Mai
|Feeding elephants by hand, joining them for a bath and joining their daily ventures-it’s all possible at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. Unlike other companies offering elephant experiences to visitors, the Elephant Nature Park functions as a sanctuary for formerly abused animals. Once subjected to the cruel tourism and labor industries, these elephants have been bought and transported to live out their lives in freedom at this nature park.|
What Will You do There?
The Elephant Nature Park has a variety of options for tourists which include single day visits, multi-day visits and even volunteer programs.
Option breakdowns include:
- A Single Day Visit: Hear the personal stories of each rescued elephant before feeding them fruit, roaming around the park and petting them and eventually heading to the river to help them bathe. Guests are fed a delicious lunch buffet of homemade vegetarian food. Price: 2,500 Baht for adults and 50% off that price for children.
- Overnight Visit: This 2 day and 1 night excursion will allow visitors to hand feed the elephants, swim and bathe with them, receive coaching on how to communicate with them from the staff and trek with them through the forest. All meals served are vegetarian and made with local produce and accommodation will be on site within bamboo huts. Price: This adventure costs 5,800 Baht for adults and 50% off that price for children.
- Weekly Volunteering: This conservationist program allows volunteers to prepare food and feed the elephants, cut food from plantations, prepare bathing sites and conduct maintenance responsibilities around the park. Volunteers will receive ongoing education about the care and keeping of these gentle giants. Vegetarian meals will be served three times a day and volunteers will stay in the on-site bamboo huts. Price: This program costs 12,000 Baht for volunteers.
How to Arrange a Visit
Visits to the Elephant Nature Park should be arranged in advance as spots can fill up quickly. The best way to set up your visit is via their website. A deposit can be made through the site and the confirmation email will include the time they will pick you up from your hotel and what time they will bring you back. Guests are typically picked up between 8:00 and 8:30 am and returned around 5 pm in the evening. There is also a physical office that is located within the old city at 1 Ratmakka Rd. for those that would rather book in person. The office can be reached at +66 (0) 53272855.