Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai

3.9
#8 of 35 in Wildlife in Chiang Mai
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A visit to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai provides you with a chance to feed, bathe, and play with elephants. The sanctuary is home to nearly 20 animals, which do not perform tricks or put on shows. Visitors come here to watch the elephants going about their normal daily routines and enjoying their freedom. The friendly staff can provide photos of your experience, free of charge. Use our Chiang Mai tour planner to visit Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai on your trip to Chiang Mai, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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3.4
  • I decided to do my half-day elephant experience through this company because they treat their elephants humanely (no riding, no chaining - just happy, free-roaming elephants)! I was picked up from my ...  more »
  • This place is amazing! It was my second time going and I loved it even more than the first! The elephants are all rescued from logging camps or circuses so they are already trained but the people here...  more »
  • Got to spend the morning with the elephants, loved it. We got to make food for the elephants and then feed and bath the elephants. Definitely an experience I won't forget!  more »
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  • We enjoyed our time with the Elephants from this Sanctuary, we didn't want to force the Elephants to do anything they wouldn't actually enjoy, so we went for a swim at the beach with them. They really did seem to have a lot of fun and are super cheeky! The small pens they are in break your heart and that was really hard to see, at least we could take them out for a little while I guess and know that our money is still going to giving them a better life than some Elephants get. Their trainers had a blast playing at the beach with them also and I didn't see any unkind treatment, just a nice ride and a fun time swimming.
  • First I want to say - don't trust "all" the bad reviews. You'll see that they are mostly written by persons who have written only one review and it is about the Elephant Jungle. I visited the camp today and I liked it what I saw. Of course the elefants aren't in freedom and maybe the Mahout shout to the elephants that they should sit down now but they have still a better life than other elephants! But I saw once today that the Mahout tried to kick at the elephants foot - I don't know why!
  • It was certainly very cool to see these elephants, and I loved it at first - especially the feeding. Everything else though felt so forced. Even though there's no elephant riding it didn't feel ethical. After feeding the elephants the trainers forced them around to do as we pleased. The elephants really didn't seem to want the bath or the mud bath. It all just felt very rehearsed and rubbed me the wrong way. While I didn't see any harm to the elephants as some other comments suggested, I still didn't like how forced everything was. Additionally, I had hoped to learn more about the sanctuary itself and about the harms to elephants from riding that I know Elephant Nature Park teaches its visitors, but we didn't learn anything about that. Also, please know that the ride there is in an open air songteauw, not a bus with air con. Luckily it wasn't too hot, so we were ok, but we did start feeling car sick as the car drove through the mountains. Bring Dramamine or something if you do this!
  • Not really recommemded. Our group was very big, and all the tourists ended up "fighting" over the time with the elephants. Also, the trainers didn't seem very professional and did not know much about the animals. More concerned about taking pictures of the tourists and promoting themselves.
  • Very ethical organization who have rescued elephants from riding camps and logging farms. The elephants are well fed and all happy. They have just had 2 babies!! Recommended

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