Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour


Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

From US$ 121.72 per person

Take an exciting full-day tour to visit an ethical rescued elephant estate to learn about the elephants as you cook, feed, and bathe them in the river. Following lunch, travel to some local waterfalls where you can cool down and explore.

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Limited to 9 participants


  • Meet and spend quality time with elephants in their natural habitat in the middle of nuture
  • Cook healthy treats to feed the friendly elephants
  • Travel to the Buatong sticky waterfall to enjoy some walking and climbing around
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Begin your private experience with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai. From there, take a scenic journey to a private elephant estate where you will be their caretaker for half a day. Upon arrival, walk to the main base camp to get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Hear about Asian elephants' long and fascinating history as you learn to cook healthy herbal treats for them to eat for a snack. Afterward, feed the handmade treats to them and walk along their side through the beautiful lush forest. Following that, your tour continues with elephant bathing in the river before you say farewell to your new friends and set off on the next part of your tour. Following the sanctuary, take some time out of your day to enjoy a delicious Thai lunch. Savor local dishes accompanied by rice, and finish off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruit. After lunch, continue to the Buatong Sticky Waterfall. Whilst there, enjoy some walking and climbing from down below the falls to all the way up to the very top. As the waterfall is constructed from natural limestone, you can walk and climb easily to the top, enjoying the clear water to cool down. As your tour concludes, depart from the waterfall to return back to Chiang Mai.

  • All private transportation for you and your party
  • Entrance fees
  • Thai lunch, snacks, fruit, and water
  • Refreshment towel
  • Banana and food to feed your elephant
  • 1st-class local travel insurance
  • Informative English-speaking tour guide
  • Personal expenses

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Important information

What to bring

  • Towel

Know before you go

  • The elephant mahouts outfit will be provided for you by Ethical Elephant Caretaker Team
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 24 reviews

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A day we will never forget! A very convenient hotel pick up and a very comfortable journey. The elephant sanctuary is in the most beautiful area. We fed, bathed and learnt so much about the elephants and those who care for them. The lunch was absolutely delicious and in another beautiful location by the river. Mona was the perfect tour guide (and photographer!) and went above and beyond to make sure we had the best day. We had ample time at both the sticky waterfalls and elephant sanctuary and never felt rushed. A truly amazing experience :) thank you Mona!

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March 21, 2023

One of the best things I did on my entire vacation. My guide, Mona, was fantastic and she made the whole experience so special. I could see that the animals are very well cared for and that this was a very ethical shelter. I loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat.

March 21, 2023

Our guide and driver were very kind. My watch ended up getting stolen after I showered at the elephant sanctuary and they tried SO hard to help me find it. The elephant sanctuary you go to differs every time so it would be nice to know where you are going in advance. I booked the same tour thinking we would go to the same place as before but we didn’t. The place we went before the elephants were out roaming free but this place had them gated and were released once we arrived. Also half of the elephants were only fed through gates. Wasn’t quite the experience we paid so much money for :(

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March 21, 2023

Product ID: 370971