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Elephant Nature Park, a unique conservation project set in Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand has been in operation since in the 1990's with a goal to provide a sanctuary and elephant rescue center. We have been involved in dozens of rescues and...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
+66 53 818 932
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Reviewed today via mobile

Didn’t quite know what to expect but it was an Amazing experience ! The park totally cares about the individual elephants , the guide knew all the names, the history, the temperament of each elephant and explained the reasons some Were cordoned off and why...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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I visited Elephant Nature Park for the first time on a volunteer trip for one week. It was an honor to get to work with the rescued elephants. Thank you to Lek and staff for creating a beautiful haven for the animals and those that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Having looked online at various sanctuaries in Chiang Mai, it was very unclear which were cruelty-free and which were branded as sanctuaries but still encouraged riding, trekking and other unnatural activities. We came across Elephant Nature Park and after reading the reviews were happy this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Simonhook91
Reviewed 2 days ago

After being bamboozled by the number of options for visiting Elephant Nature Park, I settled on "Pamper a Pachyderm" in large part because it is adults only. I had a FANTASTIC day and recommend this trip in the strongest possible terms. This was a small...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I went with my parents in December. The bus picked us up from our hotel and drove 90 minutes to sanctuary. Others were in the bus with us as our group for the day. While driving, we watched a video about the sanctuary and the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mnsuzuki437
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had an amazing time with the elephants and our local Karen guide. If you want a lot of hands on elephant time and the chance to view them in their natural habitat just doing what they do, this is a great option. You WILL...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Elephant Nature Park offers all of the following: 1) Ethical opportunity to observe elephants up close. Making sure elephants are treated right and happy is their number one priority. When you arrive to Thailand you will see many parks that unfortunately don’t do this. 2)...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rockstar64
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I have to say that this wasn't the tour I chose ... Actually, I chose Karen Elephant Serenity and booked it. In the day of the tour, I sent an e-mail to the office and they told me the guide was in the way to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank zoroma90
Reviewed 5 days ago

The tour was amazing, I did a one day trip to the nature park and got picked up at my hostel. They were very prompt but also nice. Top was my tour guide and his English is amazing, he is very kind, and incredibly knowledgeable....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hellothai
Reviewed 5 days ago

My boyfriend and I did the elephant highlands full day tour. If you're having doubts about spending almost $200 on a ticket, I fully recommend. Once I spent the full day with the elephants and learned more about how awesome the sanctuary was, it felt...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 4, 2018|
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Response from Muchalls12 | Reviewed this property |
We did the Elephant Care Day, which was more expensive than just visiting the park, but we thought of it as a once in a lifetime thing. We were both so glad we did it! We prepared food and fed the three ”old ladies” who... More
Cristina K
November 7, 2018|
Response from EmmaPorter13 | Reviewed this property |
You can definitely bring a camera. My boyfriend bought his camera with a couple of lenses. You don't go in the water and if you do it would only be up to your knees
November 4, 2018|
Response from MaryR944 | Reviewed this property |
We went for a full day and it was a great option. It takes about an hour and a half to travel there so you would not have much time if you did the half day. We fed the elephants on arrival, then had a coffee break, then... More
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Sheila A
Toronto, Canada
Itinerary help -- March 10-26 (2 adults, 2 kids) (6 Replies)
We are coming from Toronto with two kids (ages 10 and 6) in March for our very first visit. I've been researching my heart out and could use your expertise to help us create a beautiful vacation. About us: we are coming for elephants, open market shopping, amazing food, some temples, snorkeling, clean beaches, ocean swimming, custom tailoring Hotel budget: USD $400/night Room style: prefer 1 bedroom suite or two queens, hotel on the beach, kitchenette would be a bonus Prefer: walking...More
January 08, 2017|
Response fromJohnListon|
With 400 USD per night you could buy a hotel in Chiang Mai...not quite but you are top end I would look at Raming Lodge This is the start of low season. Also factor in it is burning season . If this was me I would being going to CM later. I was from the 23 March Lste year and it was ok ....getting there on the 30 this year I think from the photos sent from Chiang Dao yesterday burning might not be as early this year as Last For Bali waste of time and money.....save it for your next trip....More
Closest hotel to bus station (20 Replies)
Elephant nature park will be picking us up early at the Kanchanaburi bus station. We have a small child with us. Can you please suggest the closest hotel within walking distance to the bus station. Thank you very much.
March 13, 2018|
Response fromRay2Travel|
Can't they pick you up from your Hotel? Staying near the bus station is not a good area to stay as it's far from all the attractions. I would look on booking.com for Hotels on their maps. Or you can get a taxi or tuktuk for a small amount to bus station.
Dallas, Texas
Help with initial itenerary (9 Replies)
I am in the beginning stages of planning a trip to Thailand, also wanting to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We will be limited to 2 weeks (about 16 days) in early March. I know everyone will say that's not enough, but USA vacation allotments are terrible, and this is what I've got to deal with :( Day 1: Depart US, Arrive Day 3 in BKK Day 3: Fly to the islands Day 3-5: Relax at a beach resort/adjust from jetlag Day 6: Back to BKK, sightseeing BKK Day 7: Bus to Cambodia Day 8: Angkor Wat...More
November 06, 2013|
Response fromsweetpea6468|
Hi I would suggest eliminate the bus and train rides and flying instead. With just only 16 days flying will minimize your travel time by half or more than half or bus and train other than that I think is doable. Also I would leave the beach part when you come sob from Cambodia instead. There are a few beach near Bangkok (2 -3 hours ) by car transfers the like of Hua Hin or koh samet. Doing the beach before fly out you probably relax more. My thought of course. From Bangkok go straight to...More