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CHIANG MAI: Elephant Pride Sanctuary Experience in Thailand

Elephant Pride Sanctuary Experience in Chiang Mai Thailand

Going to Chiang Mai and you want to experience interaction with the elephants?


Elephant interaction experience is one of the must-do activities when in Chiang Mai. The best way to experience interaction with the elephants in Chiang Mai is to visit an elephant sanctuary. But one of my concerns is where to experience it in the most ethical way? We've heard about cruelty to animals so many times. And me as an animal lover, it hurts me so much to see animals not very well taken cared of. We're so lucky because during our trip, we met a new friend in Chiang Mai. His name is Chanchai who has an elephant sanctuary with 7 healthy elephants.

Elephant Pride Sanctuary Experience in Chiang Mai Thailand

We visited Elephant Pride Sanctuary located in a jungle on top of the highest mountain in the province. Chanchai's passion on educating tourists visiting Chiang Mai on the proper way of having elephant interaction is really commendable. On our way to the sanctuary, he told us stories about the elephants under his care. How he got one of them out from the circus, and some elephants he rescued from locals who use them for hard labor in the mountains.

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai Thailand

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai Thailand

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai Thailand

Upon arrival at the sanctuary, I was impressed because it is huge and has a lot of land area where the friendly elephants can freely roam around. Here, we got to experience feeding them, playing with them, and help the staff bathe them at the river. They are not caged or chained so they can freely roam around the huge sanctuary.

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Elephant Pride Sanctuary Day Care in Chiang Mai

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What makes it really special is that the staff of the sanctuary are from the Karen tribe who really knows how to take care of the elephants. I love that the elephants are healthy, fed very well and well-nourished. I, myself is against animal cruelty. At Elephant Pride Sanctuary, riding them is not allowed, which is very good.

Elephant Pride Sanctuary Day Care in Chiang Mai

Elephant Pride Sanctuary Day Care in Chiang Mai

Elephant Pride Sanctuary Day Care in Chiang Mai

If you want to experience a one-of-a-kind elephant interaction, I highly recommend that you visit Elephant Pride Sanctuary on your visit to Chiang Mai. You will surely have the best time of your life and have a memorable experience with these lovely and cute elephants.


You can book this tour via TakeMeTour's Elephants Caring, Bathing, Swim at Big Waterfall Plus Bamboo Rafting Adventure in Chiang Mai.



Elephant Visit Itinerary in Chiang Mai

  • 08:30 AM - Meet up at hotel lobby (in Chiang Mai area)
  • 10:00 AM - Drive to Elephant Pride Sanctuary. We will feed elephants by hands and play with them.
  • 10:30 AM - Walk with them and go to the river to enjoy taking a bath in river with the elephants.
  • 12:15 PM - Have Thai food lunch.
  • 01:30 PM - Proceed to waterfall adventure. Time to swim!
  • 02:30 PM - Enjoy the bamboo rafting at Mae Wang river.
  • 05:30 PM - Back at the hotel.

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Travel Tips and Reminders:

  • This tour includes round-trip transportation, meals, and admission fees.
  • For this tour, I highly recommend that you wear breathable clothes and slippers. Don't forget to bring swim wear and extra dry clothes.
  • Do not put any sunscreen to any parts of your body before touching the elephants.
  • To stay connected to the internet, be sure to buy a local 4G SIM card with unlimited data that you can book in advance and conveniently claim at the airport. What we used during our tour is the Happy Tourist SIM from dtac. It was good! And I love that mobile data signal in Chiang Mai is quite good.
  • For your accommodation in Chiang Mai, you may check out The Astra Condominium. It is located right at the heart of the city and is near the night bazaars, food markets, shopping complex, restaurants, and convenience stores.
  • For cheap flights to Bangkok, Air Asia has daily flights from Manila or Cebu to Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) in Bangkok. For your flights to Chiang Mai, you can take a 1-hour flight to Chiang Mai via Thai AirAsia from Bangkok. Be sure to book it in advance to save on airfare expenses.
  • For safe and convenient transfers from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) to you hotel in Bangkok and vice versa, you can also book a private car transfer with TakeMeTour:

THAILAND TRAVEL TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS

This trip was made possible by TakeMeTour in collaboration with LocalTable, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Thai AirAsia.

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