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2-Day Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai

2-Day Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai

By Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary
per adult
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Ages 0-80, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Overnight accommodation (home stay)
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Small group tour with local guide/driver
  • Thana hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle
  • National Park fees
  • Entry/Admission - Mae Chaem
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Personal expenses

Start:Traveler pickup offered.
  • Top North Hotel, 41 Mun Mueang Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
    In the carpark
Pickup details
  • Pick-up is at Top North Hotel, unless stated otherwise.
Additional pickup options
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
  • Top North Hotel, 41 Mun Mueang Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 42726P1

    • Dress code: modest clothes covering knees and shoulders must be worn during the stay
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A moderate amount of hiking is involved
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 42726P1

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    • Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary
      Chiang Mai, Thailand
      Joined in August 2020
    • christophermN9302WM
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A true and inspiring elephant sanctuary! ❤️ 🐘
      So much gratitude and recognition for Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary 🐘 Where we spent the last 3 days, observing elephants that have been freed and re-introduced to their native environment, the forest! Semi-wild elephants. These elephants were either working in tourist camps (dreadful working conditions and diet) and previously in the logging industry. Thank you to all those that love these animals and give us hope for a better future and more humane ways to co-exist with our animal brothers and sisters. Also we witnessed an authentic and respectful collaboration with the local village, support at the local daycare, love for the dogs and great home stays ❤️
      Written March 18, 2024
    • Kunsang50
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Great Week at Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary!
      After looking into different elephant sanctuaries in Thailand, I finally settled on Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary (KSES). And am I glad I ever did! My week there was an amazing one I’ll never forget. What most attracted me to this sanctuary was that the elephants get to roam in a large area of forest and that I would get to see elephants in their natural habitat. Every day, we would hike to where the elephants were and observe them as they went about their day eating, mud or dust bathing and socializing with each other. The staff at the sanctuary taught us about Asian elephants, patiently answered our many questions and did everything they could to make our week there an enjoyable one. Having the chance to stay at a homestay with one of the families in the Karen Hill Tribe village was also a unique experience. The villagers are friendly and welcoming. Meals are home cooked and delicious. Being picked up from and dropped off in Chiang Mai made getting to and from KSES easy and hassle-free. I would highly recommend a visit to KSES to anyone who is interested in seeing elephants at an ethical sanctuary. It’s a fantastic experience and I would love to one day go back!
      Written August 18, 2019
    • katemS9233IM
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Once in a lifetime internship
      After nearly a year of researching Thailand and combing through elephant “sanctuaries”, I found Kindred Spirit! I wanted to make sure that I was contributing to an ethical and community-driven program and that’s exactly what I found at KSES. I spent 2 incredible months collecting social behavior data, researching flora and fauna native to the area, hiking to see the most beautiful family of elephants, and gaining an appreciation for the work that KSES has done for their community and the well-being of Asian elephants all over SE Asia. Outside of the internship responsibilities, I had plenty of down time to explore the village, read, and hang out with fellow volunteers and interns. I must say, besides seeing elephants every day, the best part of my experience was my host family. I have never felt so welcomed and loved by a group of people. We spent most nights by the fire, laughing, and telling stories of home. I would accompany them to church and other affairs and truly felt that I was a part of their family. I will always be grateful for my time at KSES!
      Written June 24, 2019
    • TParker922
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Experience of a lifetime
      I visited the sanctuary shortly after its opening and I loved every minute of it. The village is so welcoming and supportive of volunteers coming to not only spend time with the elephants, but to learn about their lives and culture. Kerri, Sombat and the rest of Kindred Spirit are committed to returning elephants into the jungle, where they belong. I highly recommend volunteering with them. I look forward to returning as often as I can.
      Written June 20, 2019
    • FeeLeakey
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Incredible, Rewarding, Exceptional Life Experience
      Where do I start? Want to experience an authentic Thai village? Want to interact with Elephants in an ethical way? Want to contribute to these gorgeous Elephants being treated with respect, and help them return home? ALSO... want to meet some amazing, unique people... sit around under the stars, chat, sing and chill? Needing a life changing experience? I'll never forget this place and I will return. If you're a nature person, you'll be walking through the jungle, an animal person? Seeing and hearing birds, hanging out with puppies, observing elephants and checking out insects... Interested in anthropology? You'll experience authentic village life, and get to learn some almost-extinct language... Budding photographer? Its hard not to move without seeing something you feel the need to capture... My one week was extraordinary, made some life long friends, and life long memories. Cannot recommend this enough!
      Written June 20, 2019
    • adventuresofapinkhat
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      3 amazing days with KSES
      I spent 3 days with Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary and it was by far the most fun that I had on my trip. A few months back, I booked a stay at this “elephant sanctuary” that had been recommended to me by a friend and I had no idea what to really expect. I signed up as a solo traveler, but there was also a couple and a group of 4, so they are flexible with the amount of people in a group. Kerri, a founder and programme director, is very communicative and gives great instructions in terms of what to expect from this experience, pick up locations/time, and a list of recommended things to pack. The sanctuary is located about 5 hours north of Chiang Mai and they provide the transportation from Chiang Mai to the village. That being said, do be prepared for a bit of a drive (plenty of time to get to know your fellow travelers or people from the KSES team). Upon arrival, Kerri greeted the group, gave us a quick rundown of the plan for the day, and explained how the homestay programme works (you get to stay with the villagers in their homes and experience their day to day lives and cook with them etc.). My family had a home in the middle of the village, and they were very welcoming despite the language barrier. Something you must know, in order to see the elephants, you will have to do a bit of light hiking. You don't have to be fast or an extreme hiker, but don't just expect the elephants to be at your doorstep in the morning. KSES does not chain their elephants to one location, so you get to adventure every day to a new location in order to locate the elephants. One day it took us 2 hours to find the elephants, however the next morning it only took 45 minutes! The elephants are stunning, it's hard to actually even explain. Because KSES gives backgrounds on all their elephants, it's even better to see them roaming freely somewhere that they truly belong. *definitely bring along a camera!* In addition to getting to interact with the elephants, there are also activities set up with the villagers (such as basket weaving, a small "shopping" experience where you can buy handmade goods from the villagers, and teaching lessons with the children from the village). During my time at KSES, the children were on holiday, but we were able to do a fun game day with the kids and played all afternoon. I can't begin to express how much I enjoyed my time with this sanctuary. They really do strive to educate people and they provide a top notch experience.
      Written June 18, 2019
    • Jade9333
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      100% ETHICAL Elephant Sanctuary! Must visit
      I researched ethical sanctuaries for months before my trip to Thailand. I was terrified of getting there and it turning out to be not a sanctaury at all. I can confidently say that this was NOT the case at Kindred Spirit. The elephants are free to roam, forage and socialise in the forest with their mahouts making sure they are safe at all times by keeping an eye on things from a distance. The The elephants are truly happy here in their natural enviroment and if you are looking for an ethical place with zero bathing, zero riding , zero bullhooks, zero exploitation and total love and care for elephants then this is the place for you. In this sanctuary, it is you as the volunteer who goes hiking in the forest to find the elephants and you can feed them bananas if they want (they always do) , it is not forced in any way and then you can witness elephants being elephants which is memorizing. I stayed here for 6 weeks and cherished every moment with the elephants. Not only do you get to experience elephants being natural but you also get the privilege of staying in a traditional Karen hill tribe village. The villagers are super friendly and all the animals around the village will please any animal lover. The food cooked by my homestay family is something I still miss as it was amazing and I was very easily catered to as a vegan. This is a must do experience for those wanting a truly ethical experience.
      Written June 13, 2019
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles1 review
    Very good

    North Yorkshire, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    This was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had - can’t stop talking about it. We loved the elephant trek and were enthralled by these wonderful gentle creature but the trip was so much more than that.

    Our two days were packed with carefully thought out experiences highlighting real life in a Karen village which delight the visitor and provide real benefits to the local people.

    The staff, interns and villagers are all equally friendly and caring.

    It was worth every penny spent and every mile travelled to get there.
    Written January 27, 2020
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