Elephant Retirement Park, Chiang Mai

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#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. Put Elephant Retirement Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Chiang Mai tour itinerary planner .
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  • There are so many "eco" elephant parks to choose from and they all promote no riding, but they are still set up for tourists to enjoy. This park was good and well set up. The baby elephants are a draw...  more »
  • My boyfriend and I spent a half day morning at the park and it was the best experience! The guides were all so informative and really genuinely care for the elephants. You can tell that they are very ...  more »
  • Very very impressive and let's start by saying that they do good work. However I saw that there were houses where also chains in layers. I'm not sure if they are fixed to the chains and also maybe this should be due to security, however, I had the finer found to see that they could walk more loosely. Lana a small elephant was during our tour of hot to it to racing. I had just got the idea at the large elephants they don't much self were allowed to determine where they went. Not that they got a tap if they ran away but you noticed on the way of talking that they had to listen. However it was a great experience to never forget, what a beautiful animals are elephants.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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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