Elephant Retirement Park, Chiang Mai

4.1
#15 of 93 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 .
Create an itinerary including Elephant Retirement Park
map
Elephant Retirement Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
660 reviews
Google
3.8
TripAdvisor
  • We arranged a day-trip. Collected from our hotel in an air-conditioned mini-bus at 08:30 and arrived at the park about 90mins later having collected other couples in Chiang Mai . The park is north of ...  more »
  • The best place to see! Great and unforgettable experience. The elephants are treated well and are looked after! You get to feed them, kiss them and bath with them. No animals is mistreated! No ridding...  more »
  • I love elephants and i wanted to do something which wasn't going to contribute to any cruel behaviour to these beautiful animals and i think this is the perfect place. The take in rescue elephants and...  more »
Google
  • This is the best elephant sanctuary I've ever had. The elephants are free to roam around and they are well fed and super happy. I had so much fun bathing, feeding and hugging the elephants! It's definitely a must go if you are looking for authentic and ethical elephant interactions. No riding nor chaining can be found at all. It's freedom!
  • What an amazing ethical elephant experience! You can tell that the staff truly cares about the animals, and it was magical to interact with the fun and friendly elephants at the sanctuary. I highly recommend that anyone traveling to Chiang Mai supports this fantastic organization! I hope I’m able to return soon!
  • Good guide spoke English well ButI herd he is no longer there. I done a full day food was good great to ge up close to these majestic animals
  • The day wasnt bad. We were picked up on time. Given a briefing on the 6 elephants. 2 of which were babies born at the park. We got to feed and wash them down. Lunch was good. The disturbing thing that i noticed was we had our photo taken near this green sign and they made the elephants lift their heads and trunks using this small white pointy object under the elephants chin whist grabbing the elephants ear...and when i say grabbing its ear i mean it was forceful...i didnt know what to say.. There wasnt much room for the elephants to roam free and they seemed to be guided everywhere by the people in charge... I have to agree with other reviewers on the mixed feelings i have with this place..some parts were really good and you had a sense that they care about these animals but then there were alot of talk of a lack of money, the lack of space and the tricks the elephants had to preform for the photos...which was aweful to see. I would say if your coming here please make them aware that you dont want the elephants doing tricks for the cameras..it will be when they point you to stand in front of a green sign. I feel terrible i didnt say anything but i didnt know it was going to happen...heads up.
  • The experience is a must while in chiang mai. Elephants are free and not hooked nor rode. I enjoyed feeding them and bathing them in a suitable environment. Staff is friendly

Plan your trip to Chiang Mai

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Chiang Mai

While visiting Chiang Mai, keep in mind that the old town district and the area surrounding the famous night market offer both boutique (relatively expensive) and backpacker (relatively inexpensive) options. The riverside neighborhoods boast exclusive hotels and resorts, where comparatively pricey rooms come with good views and extensive facilities.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Chiang Mai by other users

9 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM INDIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: March, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chiang Mai BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Cambodia, Thailand & Laos BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans