We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Thai Elephant Home

Features Animals
Review Highlights
3 amazing days of my life

This is the best 3 days of my entire life. Once arrived the owner Joe and photographer Luke and Def... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
EricWoon5385
,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3 amazing days

I went many times to Thai Elephant Home and I went there last July (2018) for 3 days again.As... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2018
Johan K
Read all 852 reviews
712
All photos (712)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent87%
  • Very good9%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“pad thai”(74 reviews)
“mud bath”(105 reviews)
“the river”(319 reviews)
About
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
80°
59°
Dec
82°
57°
Jan
87°
59°
Feb
Contact
102 Moo 2 | Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng 50150, Thailand
Website
+66 89 434 2047
Call
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Mae Taeng
from $61.20
More Info
from $75.30
More Info
from $56.50
More Info
from $138.50
More Info
Reviews (852)
Filter reviews
656 results
Traveler rating
565
61
15
7
8
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
565
61
15
7
8
Show reviews that mention
All reviews pad thai mud bath the river wrapped in banana leaf chiang mai elephant experience once in a lifetime end of the day fresh pineapple amazing experience thai elephant stopped for lunch baby elephants elephant riding highlight of our trip taking pictures included in the price
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 656 reviews
Reviewed October 7, 2018

This is the best 3 days of my entire life. Once arrived the owner Joe and photographer Luke and Def greeted me. Once changed into mahout uniform I am being led to play with little T Noi who is 2 months old. T Noi is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank EricWoon5385
Reviewed August 24, 2018

I went many times to Thai Elephant Home and I went there last July (2018) for 3 days again.As always it was a unforgettable moment and experience.The day started with a short briefing about elephants and about the daytrip.Than we changed clothes (the people of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Johan K
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

The staff was great - friendly, hospitable, and helpful! They gave a good, brief overview before we started our excursion. I felt very safe and also felt that the animals were treated well the entire time we were there. And they sent pictures via email...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Marie B
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

Amazing day at Chiang Mai Elephant home! I had an awesome day being around the elephants and having a vibrant time with them. Thank you so much for all you do to make this happens 🤗💚🐘

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Awakate
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed for 4 nights as volunteers at the thai elephant nursery and it was the best experience of our lives. Staying there meant we got to live like a mahout and see the elephants and how the live over a longer...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Harvey B
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Small group of 7, three of us (two adults and one 13 year old boy), one couple on their honeymoon and another couple from Japan staying overnight. After changing into mahout clothes, our day started with a quick and informative presentation on the mission of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Deepa71
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Unlike the majority of people writing reviews, we actually stayed at the Thai Elephant home for 4 days and 3 nights. We got to see the care given to the elephants on a daily basis. The elephant nursery was our first stop and was the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Gretchen M
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

My fiancé and I visited our friends in Thailand, they surprised us to give us free Elephant ride with Thai Elephant home, that’s such an amazing marriage gift we have wonderful time with a wonderful elephant and kind guides. They lent us clothes to wear...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank kevinleah8894
Reviewed July 9, 2018

While traveling to Thailand for a friend's wedding, my family had a free day and wanted to give our kids, as well as the parents, a chance to experience riding an elephant, w/o the pomp & circumstance that a state fair or circus would give...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Minmeigirl22
Reviewed April 22, 2018

We visited this place as or second elephant experience and, like the first, were very disappointed by it. It seems that the elephants in these 'sanctuary' parks are simply props for the locals to exploit to give the tourists a change to say they 'hung...More

Date of experience: November 2017
8  Thank tracytC5333OT
Joethaielephanthome, Manager at Thai Elephant Home, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2018

The conservation of the Asian is a complex issue, one we encourage visitors to our camp to discuss openly with us during their visit. We want to hear their analysis of the problem as well as their suggestions of how together we can find sustainable...More

View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 2 nearby hotels
Royal Ping Garden & Resort
44 reviews
5.63 miles away
32 Coffee Hill & Resort
16 reviews
13.02 miles away
Natura Maerim Resort
4 reviews
16.48 miles away
The Royal Chiangmai Golf Resort
9 reviews
16.95 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 18 nearby restaurants
Cafe chez nous
33 reviews
8.04 miles away
Chiang Dao Nest Restaurant
139 reviews
14.12 miles away
Green Food Coffee
21 reviews
8.91 miles away
Chiang Dao Resto
73 reviews
10.96 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 29 nearby attractions
Maetaeng Elephant Park
118 reviews
.33 miles away
Mayrin Elephant Family Camp
16 reviews
.33 miles away
Eddy Elephant
165 reviews
.31 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
grace j
August 25, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Deepa71 | Reviewed this property |
While the total time riding the elephants is 2 hours, the overall trip is much longer when you add feeding the elephants, the mud bath (super cool), lunch and playing with them in the river. We LOVED it but riding through... More
2
Votes
grace j
August 12, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from EricWoon5385 | Reviewed this property |
For 1 day trip it don't go to waterfall but out goes to black mud spa. Elephant favourite is black mud spa. Full riding lasted about from 9am to about 3 or 4 pm. To me the best is Thai Elephant Home. They have baby now and... More
0
Votes
franctw
July 4, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from EricWoon5385 | Reviewed this property |
The journey is close to 1 hour 15 minutes. It is located in Mae Taman village Mae Taeng on the way to Chiang Dao on the north of Chiang Mai. For you and wife riding is no problem at all but with a toddler of 2 years I think... More
0
Votes
Travel Forum Posts
InesVilela
Lisbon, Portugal
Elephant Parks at Chiang Mai (1 Replies)
Hi! I came in a 3 weeks to Thailand and the next stop is Chiang Mai. I would love to go on a 1 day visit to an elephant park, not to ride one but to see and interact with them in their natural environment. Some friends advised me the Thai Elephant Home and The Elephant Nature Park but they're already full. Can you suggest another? Thank you so much for ur help!
November 13, 2013|
Scott B
New York City, New York
2 1/2 days in Chiang Mai (7 Replies)
hi, first time posting on a TA forum. been reading a lot of great info here lately. I will be traveling to Chiang Mai as part of my honeymoon. My fiance and I are trying to plan a day maybe two with Joy (based on all the great reviews). I have been in contact with him and here is what he recommends- D1 To see Chiangmai old city moat + Chiangmai old city temple ( Wat Umhong ) + Doi Sutehep temple + Arts & Crafts center to see how do they work for Umbrella Making & Painting , Thaisilk...More
May 26, 2012|
Response fromAjarnAndy|
Hi, Chiang Mai is easy enough to get around on foot to visit the Temples. However, you would need to take a songtaow to visit Doi Suthep, this will cost you in the region of 500 baht and the driver will wait around for you. I can't place where the Art & Crafts Centre is. I suspect your day one schedule will be too much to do in an afternoon. You can also take a regular songtaow from the Zoo to Doi Suthep. This will work out a lot cheaper.
jen_jen080
Sydney, Australia
My itinerary - comments and suggestions please (3 Replies)
Hi! We are a family of 6 - w adults and kids aged 15, 11, 8 and 6, travelling to thailand for the first time in April 2014. This is my attempt at an itinerary, please leave your comments and suggestions| Day 1 arrive - either baan orapin or rimping village- look around the old city Day 2 - elephant camp - either Thai elephant home or elephant nature park Day 3 - doi inthanon and hill tribe village. I was thinking of just hiring a mini bus or a tour guide for this day Day 4- tiger...More
December 06, 2013|
Response fromQldWendy|
It all sounds good. If you are there on a weekend, try to fit in one of the walking street markets. Also, make sure you leave some spare time to wander around the old city and look at some of the temples. There are plenty of tuk tuks in case you get tired of walking and they are very cheap to use. We always kept a card with the address of our accommodation on it to show the drivers and had no trouble getting back to where we were staying.