Elephant Retirement Park, Chiang Mai

4.5
#12 of 49 in Wildlife in Chiang Mai
Elephant Retirement Park focuses on providing a safe and comfortable environment for elephants, where you can observe and interact with the gentle animals. Rather than riding them through the city or watching them do tricks, this park gives you a natural experience in the jungle, letting you feed and bathe with the elephants on their turf. Learn about their herbal healthcare and communication between the elephant and the Mahout, the caretakers. Your visit includes transportation, an English-speaking guide, lunch, and snacks to give the elephants. Bring old clothes and plenty of bug repellant. Plan to visit Elephant Retirement Park during your Chiang Mai vacation using our convenient Chiang Mai travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    lovely location in the middle of nowhere. elephant can freely walk outside and have little shelters. at my visit i be could pet 8 elephants. 4 of them were little baby elephants.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    I'm so glad I chose this elephant sanctuary over the others - the staff was so kind and so generous. We ended up choosing the half day option. The elephants ranged from young to old- I got to meet 4-5...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We spent a nice time to take care of the elephants gathered in this Center. The Park offers different options, 1/2 day (with breakfast), full day and stays of several days. We opted for the half day formula because we had a tight schedule. And the staff strove to respect the timing. They pick you up directly at your hotel. Program: briefing on the concept of the Park, feed the elephants, bath of mud and Earth. We see not the time pass and the kids loved.
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  • December 24, 2016
    Truly an amazing place. If you want to have an experience with elephants this is the place to do it. This is probably the most ethical way to meet elephants up close. You will not ride the elephants here, which is a good thing as it is not good for the elephants. You will help to feed and wash the elephants. They are not chained up and are free to roam around as they like. It is run by some really wonderful people who are dedicated to caring for these animals and working with the Thai police to stop poachers in protected parts of the country. They support their work by giving tours.
  • December 25, 2016
    We had a tour, the tour group was small almost 1 person / elephant. They had 2 baby elephants. All the elephants where treated well. The babies where always within trunk reach of their moms. It was touching. We showed up during one of their vet visits and some of the elephants where a bit agitated (as all animals are during vet visits) but the handlers did a good job of calming them down. It's evident that they truly care about the elephants here.
  • February 8, 2017
    The first thing you realise when visiting, is that this is about the elephants, and conservation, not money. A truly amazing experience, with beautiful elephants, small tour groups, and a welcoming group of hosts. Planning to come back and volunteer. This place is something special.
  • November 16, 2016
    This place is incredible. You can tell it's pretty new and the elephants are all well taken care of. I got to go when the two babies were brand new and just the cutest! A must do when in Chiang Mai. The guides were fantastic!
  • May 7, 2016
    Great park, very friendly nice elephants. Small personable staff dedicated to the humane treatment of elephants. They focus on educating the public, not riding or shows. You spend a peaceful day feeding, bathing and of course a trip to the mud pits. Two six month old elephants on the property keep the day lively as they jockey for the center of attention. I would highly recommend this park if your looking for a trip where the focus is on the elephants and not the tourist. Reasonable prices and good energy here.

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