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Thai Elephant Home

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Playing in the water with elephants.

I never thought that normal people could interact so closely with elephants. Our guide Carmen had... read more

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Cocoa was our private guide and was fantastic. We were greeted warmly, changed into attire... read more

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102 Moo 2 | Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng 50150, Thailand
+66 89 434 2047
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I never thought that normal people could interact so closely with elephants. Our guide Carmen had worked extensively with the Chang Mai University program to monitor captive asian elephants. The group is working to build system to ensure animal health and good treatment. She could...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cocoa was our private guide and was fantastic. We were greeted warmly, changed into attire comfortable to ride bareback, fed beautiful elephants bananas, rode them (each had our own, including a small one for my 7 year old, and medium for my 9 year old)...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank julierperera
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful time. We took a two hour tour that included a ride on the elephant and bathing the elephant. The staff spoke good English. They offered free showers that had hot water. Another bonus was the photos were included!

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank mrbrentharris
Reviewed January 2, 2019

The Elephants seemed happy and well cared for. We spoke with the owner and he confirmed that most of their elephants are rescued from logging etc. I didn't love to see ropes around some of the elephants but I also understand that this amazing animals...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brenda T
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
1  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
2  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
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grace j
August 25, 2018|
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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
grace j
August 12, 2018|
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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
July 4, 2018|
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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
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Lisbon, Portugal
Elephant Parks at Chiang Mai (1 Reply)
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 weaving...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.
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.