Multi-day trip

Elephant Retirement Park Volunteering and Homestay Program

Multi-day trip

Elephant Retirement Park Volunteering and Homestay Program

From US$ 228.81 per person

Experience a life-enhancing opportunity of hands-on work in a unique program to help protect elephants.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
Thai, English
Pickup included
Pickup at hotels in Chiang Mai city center is provided.
Small group
Limited to 4 participants


  • Volunteer at the elephant park and make a contribution to conservation
  • Engage with elephants in a cruelty-free environment
  • Learn how to become a true mahout elephant carer
Full description
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.
  • 3 authentic Thai meals per day
  • Hot drinks
  • Round-trip transportation from Chiang Mai city center
  • Mahout training clothing
  • Hand-wash laundry facilities
  • Insurance
  • Drinking water
  • Hot water shower
  • Accommodation throughout the stay
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gratuities for the staff
  • Personal expenses

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The Elephant Retirement Park does not promote elephant riding in any way
  • You must present a negative Covid test taken 24 hours or sooner before the activity starts
  • You must wear a mask throughout the activity period
  • Be sure to bring a swimsuit, flip-flops, sun protection, and any personal medications you require
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

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We were in the park overnight. The staff are very nice and everything was explained to us. The elephants are treated well and only managed with words. No riding, no painting, no shackles, nothing! And you should pay attention to this if you want to approach these animals. Please never support the great cruelty to animals that is offered in other places !!! We can recommend the Elefant Retirement Park Chiang Mai and would have loved to have had more time there with people and animals.

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February 10, 2020

Super experience - friendship between elephant and human

We drive 3 days in the park and we loved it. Alex is a very good host. He is the boss of the park and takes care of the guests himself. He will gladly accept food requests for the evening and will fulfill them as best he can. Living with the elephants, looking after them, feeding them, bathing them etc. is a totally great experience. Naturally, this also includes keeping the system in good condition. So clean the stall etc. I can recommend it to anyone - it was just super nice the 3 days. In my eyes, unfortunately a little too short, but unfortunately had no more time.

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January 9, 2019

February 20, 2023

Product ID: 145869