Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park


Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

From US$ 54.82 per person

Learning about and observing rescued elephants at a sanctuary. Observe elephants respectfully in quaint surroundings, and enjoy a delicious vegetarian Thai buffet lunch.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 5 - 9 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai.


  • Watch elephants play in the mud and sand spa
  • Learn about and observe the rescued elephants' behavior
  • Prepare food and feed the elephants
  • Eat a delicious traditional Thai buffet lunch
  • Enjoy a relaxing pickup and drop-off at your accommodation
Full description

Meet and feed elephants on this elephant sanctuary tour from Chiang Mai. Watch these majestic creatures up close and learn about them from specialists. Sit down to an authentic Thai lunch and stay hydrated with complimentary water.

Start your journey in the morning with a hotel pickup from Chiang Mai city center. Take the 1-hour ride to the countryside of Mae Tang district.

Get changed into the local clothes and be ready for the fun activities. The experienced guide will provide information about the elephants' behavior and how to provide proper care for them. Then, prepare food and healthy treats for the elephants and feed them afterward. After that, you and the elephants will walk to play in the mud and sand spa. During this time, you will have a chance to observe their behavior, in beautiful natural surroundings.

After your time with the elephants, change your clothes, shower, and then enjoy a delicious traditional Thai buffet lunch, which is suitable for vegetarians. After lunch, relax on the 1-hour journey back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city center.

  • Round-trip hotel transfers from Chiang Mai city center
  • Live guide
  • Drinking water
  • Food for feeding the elephants
  • Vegetarian lunch
  • Transfers from outside 5 km of the old town

Select participants and date



Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Flip-flops
  • Insect repellent

Know before you go

  • Please note that all activities mentioned will be based on the elephants, who are not forced to do any activity they do not want to do
  • Once booked, the local operator will confirm the pick-up time with you again
  • Your visit will help support the work and future elephant rescues
  • This tour supports ethical elephant tourism with greater welfare
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 944 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

Sort by:

Traveler type:

Star rating:

Facility, lunch, guide was very good. Staff were friendly. It was so nice to be close to elephants. We also had the opportunity to observe mother-baby elephant relationship. But, they forced the elephants into the pool. I got a little uncomfortable there.

March 29, 2023

It was a wonderful experience to exist right beside the elephants, while doing what they enjoy. I really love Lanna and her playful nature, due to her being only about 8 years old!! It was fun and exciting to feed, scrub with mud, and bathe with the elephants!!

January 28, 2023

Wow, estuvo genial. En mi caso particular fuimos el 1 de Enero por lo que no había mucha gente, nos tocó estar solo nosotros 2 con el guía , el entrenador y Michael (elefante rescatado), estuvo excelente todo, desde alimentarlo, bañarlo y caminar con él. Súper recomendado

January 8, 2023

Product ID: 154758