Elephant Rescue Park, Chiang Mai

4.8
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Elephant Rescue National Park is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project located in Doi Inthanon National Park area, Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is a cooperative between members of the Karen hill-tribes who are elephant care takers and Chiang Mai locals who work with tribal people and elephants for many years and concern about elephant's health and quality of life.

At Elephant Rescue National Park, the income from visits, volunteers and donations is used for elephant rescue, food, veterinary care and also management which are lunch, transportation, maintenance and staffs.

We work hard to balance between offering the worthy experience to visitors and sharing love to the elephants for good health, freedom and happiness they truly deserve.
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  • We had a very nice day with our friendly and attentive Guide Pong. We learned a lot about the elephants and got a very tasty lunch. You really get the feeling that the elephants are doing very well and that the guides and staff are very loving and caring with them. Tour is highly recommended :)
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  • There are many elephant parks with shows, riding etc. all this was out of the question for us because you know how the thick-skinned people are treated behind the scenes. We chose this park and were disappointed. How much trust you need so that you can walk with the thick-skinned without chains etc. and even bathe with them. There is a lot of love and you notice that these animals are treated well there. Choose this park and you help them with your entrance, that this little elephant flock is good (everyone didn't have it well before they came here. Which is also told when presenting the animals) and is not tormented. Thank you on behalf of these thick-skinned people. Always happy to return! Go and have a look at it for yourself
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  • I would urge all tourists to support this establishment which helps rescue poor helpless elephants from mistreatment, abuse and neglect, especially for the benefit of ignorant tourists who do not care...  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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