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Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

1. Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

Start your journey in the morning with a hotel pick-up 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, you will get to prepare food and healthy treats for the elephants and feed them afterwards. 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. You can also enjoy the beautiful scenery as well. 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, you will take the 1-hour journey back to the city and will be transferred back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city center.

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From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

2. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

Visit Chiang Mai’s sister city, Chiang Rai, on a 12-hour journey to visit 3 very different temples. Quirky, charming, and creative are words that could describe Chiang Rai. At the very least, this city is quite different from Chiang Mai, so join this trip to experience something quite new. Select the private option to have this experience with your friends and family only. Before you begin your tour, you’ll break up the long drive at the Mae Khachan Hot Springs to relax, dip your feet into steaming mineral water, have a snack, or walk around the gardens. Your first stop is the main attraction of the day: the White Temple. If you were expecting ancient ruins, then you might be surprised to find a modern architectural masterpiece designed and built by a local artist, Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. People say he spent over $40 million of his own money to create this unconventional art exhibit and through it, gain immortal life.   After exploring this Temple, head to the next stop, the Blue Wonder. Locally known as Wat Rong Seua Ten, this translates to “temple of the dancing tiger”, because it was built on a site where tigers were said jump over the river.   If the White Temple could be called the stairway to heaven, the Black House has been called a “dark, mysterious, and almost sadistic” place, complete with preserved animals and a collection of bones. Built by national artist Thawan Duchanee, the Black House (also called the Baan Dam Museum) is a cluster of nearly 40 shadowy structures exhibiting art dating back to the Ayutthaya period. After fully admiring these 3 very different structures, you'll be taken back to Chiang Mai.

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Elephant Retirement Park Volunteering and Homestay Program

3. Elephant Retirement Park Volunteering and Homestay Program

Volunteering at the Elephant Retirement Park Chiang Mai provides an opportunity to engage with elephants and can be a life-changing experience. Feed and bathe the elephants regularly and learn about their care. Choose from two to seven-day program options. On day one, you’ll get an introduction to the park and the elephants. Enjoy a traditional Thai buffet at lunch, followed by a mud spa and shower with the elephants. On day two, take a trek with the elephants (riding is not permitted). Marvel at beautiful scenery along the way to a waterfall, where lunch will be served.

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From Bangkok: 3-Day Private Tour to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

4. From Bangkok: 3-Day Private Tour to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

Day 1 - Bangkok, Ayutthaya & Nakornsawan Pickup from your hotel in Bangkok and head to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital. Stop by Bang Pa In, known as the Summer Palace, built in 1632. Explore the many stunning buildings with a long heritage in the area. You will then visit the Mahathat Temple. The highlight is the Buddha's head, which is covered with tree roots.  After Mahathat Temple head for lunch in the local restaurant. After lunch, board a boat to go around Ayutthaya island. Enjoy the views and see local life along the river. Next, you will depart Ayutthaya and head to Nakornsawan province. Visit the Nakornsawan Aquarium also known as Bueng Borapet, the biggest fresh water lake of Thailand. Then enjoy a boat ride to see the wild ducks and birds in the lake area. After a full day of adventure head to the hotel in Nakornsawan province and check in at the hotel, then spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at the Aramis Hotel or equivalent. Day 2 - Sukhothai Check out from the hotel in Nakornsawan and head to Sukhothai. On the way, stop by Kriwong temple, the most remarkable temple in Nakornsawan. Located on the hilltop, it boasts a 360-degree view of the city. Then, visit Pra Buddha Chinnaraj, also known as the The King of Victory. This statue is widely considered the most beautiful Buddha statue in Thailand. Next, visit the Folk Museum to see a collection of old tools, toys and objects from the past.  After the museum, head to a factory to see how images of Buddha are made from brass and bronze. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant nearby. Then head to Sukhothai, and the Sukhothai historical park. Bike around the historical park and take in the stunning views of the historical ruins. Overnight at the Sukhothai Treasure Resort & Spa or equivalent.  Day 3 - Chiang Mai Checkout from hotel in Sukhothai. Stop by Srisatchanalai, another beautiful historical site. See the old pagodas and a sitting buddha that dates back to 1250. Then, head to Lampang to visit Phra Suthon Momngkol Kiri, the largest Burmese-style reclining Buddha in Thailand. Visit the local market called Baan Ta Market or Kard Ban Ta to see how locals in Lampang spend their day. Try local delicacies and snacks. The journey ends in Chiang Mai, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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Chiang Mai: Full-Day Nature & Countryside by Bicycle

5. Chiang Mai: Full-Day Nature & Countryside by Bicycle

8:30 AM: Pick up from your Chiang Mai accommodation and transfer to our cycling starting point, South of Chiang Mai. 9:15 AM: Get ready to start pedaling the rural countryside roads. After a brief review from your leader, set off and enjoy panoramic views of rice fields and encounters with local village life. You will be cycling about 12 or more miles, with plenty of stops to enjoy your surroundings. 12 PM: Finish the ride and relax with a delicious homemade lunch. 1 PM: Short cycling, or vehicle transfer to the river bank where we can start our paddling adventure. After a short briefing, we board the two-person sit-on-top kayaks and paddle our way down the river. Along the river, we might encounter fishermen and see birds sometimes dropping from the sky to catch fish. Approximate paddling is 3.5 miles and should take approximately an hour and a half. 3:30 PM: End the paddling and meet the vehicle. Make a brief stop at the house for a change and enjoy a tea, before transferring to your accommodation in Chiang Mai.

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 284 reviews

This was a well organized and wondrous experience. The guide was super clear and took us to some of the most stunning locations in Chiang Rai - giving us a little history as we went. It was also a beautiful drive through the winding mountains - lots of rice paddies to be seen. The van was very comfortable with cushion seats, air conditioning, and music.

Bit of a misscommunication for the pickup, but apart of that a smooth adventure. Activities as advertised: feed the elephants, give them a mud bath and pool with them. The activity ended with a fresh shower and lunch. Great experience, particularly "naughty" elephant Ping!

This is an incredible place of hard work for the elephants, and extreme caring. You will get to know them, love on them, feed them, and learn about them. Life changing.

Wonderful trip to see the elephants. It touched me deeply to have seen the animals so close to us.

An incredible past experience with a passionate, kind and funny team.