Elephant Retirement Park, Chiang Mai

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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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  • Very clear that these elephants are cared for properly! There was a peaceful vibe - and it was very well organized.  more »
  • This park was not our first choice, but we do not regret visiting. Booking was easy and they pick up us in the agreed time. Our group was small ( 6ppl) and a lady who returns there as volentery. We ar...  more »
  • We spent a day here in the company of elephants and their ecstatic and curators. .... Meanwhile the time punctually in States are ... were picked up, then arrived at the Park around it was gorgeous, after a brief explanation they did cut the sugar cane and catch the fun began, bananas and. ... the elephants there They welcomed and immediately we gave them the food they eat, and how much...--after a morning between stroking and picture bananas went to lunch, then we rested a bit and then we did the .... bath and scrub in the mud and then bathe in the water with the elephants. Then a shower and went back to casa...ma were delighted by this experience. TRY IT.
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  • 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

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