Elephant Nature Park are three words you need to remember when venturing to Chiang Mai in search of a elephant experience.
You can get some lovely one on one time elephants like I did with this lovely girl (see above). Elephant Nature Park doesn’t support the riding or mistreatment of elephants and actually has several programmes which are helping support their ethos all over Thailand.
I did the hope programme which was fairly new at the time. But along with rescuing elephants, it provides work for Mahouts small communities (often refugees) who are willing to learn their practices of love and positive reinforcement with the elephants.
It’s super rewarding and still a very intimate experience. We had around 5 elephants for a group of 9, so lots of opportunity to really get to know them and their unique personalities!
There are opportunities to do day trips, stay overnight, a whole week, or even 3 months to train as a Mahout.
The Hope programme I mentioned: 6,000 THB
Prices range from 2,500-13,000THB
Their programmes span many places: Surin, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai and Cambodia. See the full list of programmes here.
Address for Elephant Nature Park Office (Chiang Mai):
1 Ratmakka Road, Phra Sing,
Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Office Hours: 07:00-17:00 Mon-Sun (GMT+7)
Tel: +66 (0) 53 272855, +66 (0) 53 818932