Elephant Rescue Park, Chiang Mai

4.8
#2 of 33 in Parks in Chiang Mai
Must see · Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
The Elephant Rescue Park is a newly established sanctuary in the Chiang Mai province of Thailand, created to be a forever home for homeless and abused elephants. In Thailand, we have a long and deeply traditional relationship with these magnificent animals, however, much of this relationship has been based on the exploitation of elephants by humans in the form of circus shows, the tourism industry, the logging industry and elephant back riding, among others.

Our primary objective is to provide a safe, loving and secure environment for the elephants that come to us, which we are able to do with your help, through visiting our beautiful sanctuary and supporting us through adoptions, donations and various fundraising projects.
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  • My family and I spent half a day at Elephant Rescue Park. It was a very special and memorable experience for all of us. Our children (age 8 and 5 years old) loved every minute at the Park especially.....  more »
  • Elephant Rescue Park was a fantastic experience. Mr. Kid, the owner, really cares for the elephants and it shows through his staff, volunteers (Steve and Julie), and the elephants! We experienced a...  more »
  • Wonderful unforgettable day with elephants. Trekking and bathing. It was truly great. Khun Kit was sharing very interesting information about the Park and rescued elephants. The team takes care of...  more »
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  • Elephant Rescue Park provided my wife and I with memories we will have forever. We were nervous about booking and did a lot of research because we wanted to support people who genuinely cared for the elephants. Our two day program was outstanding. We interacted in genuine fashion with the elephants: feeding, brushing, bathing and tending to a recent rescue, recovering from her injuries. Bring a camera and changes of underwear and socks, you won't want to miss the joy of bathing the elephants. Uniforms, sun hats and boots are provided for each day you're there. And be ready to learn everything you always wanted to know about elephants, as well as about the sad lives many are leading. I can honestly say that Kid, Andy, Woods, and Tony, the English speakers I interacted with over our two days, are deeply committed to the well-being of their elephants. We were part of a group of 5 in the overnight program. 5 of us, 6 elephants, we had so much special time with them. One of the things I never read in other reviews is what I observed about the mahouts, the caregivers for the elephants. Each elephant has his own mahout, and each pair are deeply connected. When they walk together, it was beautiful to watch the elephants reach out with their trunk so they can hold their man's hand. Kid, the "Father" of the rescue camp, has hired each of his Mahouts from some sort of difficult background, and, as much as these men give to the elephants, I suspect that the elephants have made an even greater impact on their lives, not only providing them with employment, but giving them a sense of value and purpose. There are other good and moral companies out there I know, but for us, the chance to be part of a small group experience like this was the best choice. I highly recommend this company, especially if you have time to take the overnight option.
  • Fantastic day i spent here. Everything was such amazing experience and would recommend to any one who visit Chiang Mai, to book and see the elephants. Everyone at the rescue park do such a fantastic job for the elephants. The guides were very interactive and gave the group good knowledge and interesting facts about the elephants also they had a good laugh with the group and some of the elephants keepers had a wacky but enjoyable nature to them who also interacted with the group as well as look after their elephants. Well done all and keep up the good work as you all made today special for me.
  • A must when you are in Chiang Mai! The best experience ever! You can really tell that the owner and the workers really care about their elephants. They take such great care of them its amazing! Please help this place grow and support it as much as you can!
  • We decided on an over night stay at the Elephant Rescue Park as it was one of the highest rated facilities who treat their elephants ethically. This was all proven to be true. The owner, Kid, is highly passionate about the elephants as well as his staff and the mahouts (who have a great time with the visitors and their job). Andy, our English speaking guide, was kind, thoughtful, and helpful. We especially enjoyed the one on one time with the elephant the morning after our stay before other guests arrived. The bed and facilities are comfortable and the food is great! They feed you a lot as overnight guests! Hope to visit Elephant Rescue Park again in the future!
  • I lived in Thailand for four years and always bring family and friends to Elephant ethical camps. This was the first time visiting the rescue park and by far was the best experience I have experienced and certainly the #1 and best tour to enjoy walking and spending time with elephants. You can see that they are cared for, relaxed, and enjoy the park. As well I can tell that the staff and ownership focus on supporting and providing a good environment for the elephants. I didn’t expect there to be showers or an amazing lunch, but there was! The lunch was five star and the showers were good enough to clean up after bathing with the elephants. To say the least I will be returning. On top of that Pee Kung and the other staff held our baby Ryan (10 months old) much of the time allowing us to enjoy the scenery and the tour.

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