Recently, Elephant tourism in South-East Asia has gotten a bad rap, and rightly so. Traditionally used as a workhorse in the rural farming communities, elephants have gradually become a circus attraction in Thailand, and we think forcing them to “dance” or do tricks for our amusement is cruel and unnecessary. So instead of riding these gentle creatures, we invite you to visit our Elephant Sanctuary in the jungle. Witness and interact with the Elephants in their natural habitat under the watchful eyes of its local mahout (Elephant caretaker).
This Elephant Sanctuary offers you the chance to support an ethical, cruelty-free organization while you interact with these amazing animals in the jungle. Their one-day program offers you and your friends the intimate experience of feeding and bathing elephants, as well as assisting in the creation of organic herbal medicine to improve their health.
Unlike the tightly choreographed dance routine you may have seen at a Circus or another Elephant show, Elephants have personalities and these will show themselves. While one baby Elephant might be eager to interact, another one is shy and prefers staying close to its mother. Some Elephants prefer watermelon, while others crave bananas. Our professional tour guides encourage you to learn their history, their habits and behavior, allowing you to interact with the animals in a personal and affectionate way.
If you get lucky, you may even get a hug or a kiss from an inquisitive trunk. And then there is the mud bath, where you can play with the Elephants and cover them in mud or join then for a swim afterward at an idyllic waterfall to finish a profound experience.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR DAY AT THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY?
Pick up/drop off to your accommodation
Photographer & Online photo album
English-Speaking tour guide
Traditional buffet lunch
Food for feeding elephants
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?
If you need to be back at Chaing Mai at noon but don’t want to miss this, have a look at the half-day trip to the Elephant Sanctuary!
|10:00 a.m.||Arrive at the Jungle|
|10:15 a.m.||History/Behavior Lesson|
|10:30 a.m.||Jungle Trek & Feeding|
|11:30 a.m.||Homemade Thai Lunch|
|12:30 p.m.||Prepare Elephant Medicine|
|1:00 p.m.||Mud Spa|
|2:00 p.m.||Swim in the Waterfall|
|3:30 p.m.||Depart Jungle and Return to Chiang Mai|