HD Thai Elephant Care Center AM

  • Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)

Spend a day with one of the most important symbols of Thailand's culture, history, and society—the elephant. Learn what the majestic creatures mean to the Thai people as you have the opportunity the feed, bathe, and play with them at the Elephant Care Center.

Following convenient pickup from your Chiang Mai hotel, enjoy a leisurely drive north along the edge of picturesque Doi Suthep - Pui National Park. Upon arriving at the Thai Elephant Care Center, get dressed in a traditional mahout outfit worn by trainers and caretakers. Hear about the mission of the center's owner, who seeks to provide a safe and caring atmosphere for distressed and elderly elephants.

After a brief safety orientation, meet some of the camp's friendliest elderly residents. Learn how to make herb balls with ground grass and then feed the elephants out of your very own hands. Following the feeding, pay a visit to the elephant cemetery, where these intelligent animals instinctively go when they reach a certain age, and where others hold funeral services for their lost loved ones.

Your afternoon continues in the most delightful way—watching the elephants giddily take a mud bath and then helping them wash off in the Maesa Stream. If you've chosen the half-day option, feed the elderly elephants a basket of bananas before bidding farewell to your new friends. If you're here for the full day, learn how to make the elephants' favorite snack, take a trek to the elephant resting area, and savor a traditional Thai lunch before returning to Chiang Mai

  • Half- or full-day visit to the elephant “retirement home”

  • Chance to feed elephants with your own handmade snacks

  • Time to watch the elephants happily take a mud bath

  • Opportunity to wash an elephant in the Maesa Stream

  • Visit to the cemetery where elephants go in their old age

  • Guided tour of Thai Elephant Care Center

  • Admission fees

  • Mahout clothing rental

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from most central Chiang Mai hotels

  • Live commentary provided in English

Know Before You Book
  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • Children 11 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.

  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Chiang Mai hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • An additional surcharge of THB 500 (subject to change) per person is applicable if your hotel is located outside central Chiang Mai and is payable on the day of your activity.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.