Thai Elephant Home, Mae Taeng

4.6
Spend a day in the company of elephants at Thai Elephant Home. Don traditional northern Thai clothing, pay your respects to Ganesha--the elephant god--then ride an elephant along scenic jungle trails in the Mae Taeng Mountains. Along the way you will enjoy lunch, traditionally wrapped in a banana leaf to carry, take a dip (with your elephant) in the Black Mud Spa, then ride the elephant to the river to bathe it. Back at the elephant home you can also feed, bathe, and play with baby elephants. If one day isn't enough with these majestic animals, you can choose from a number of extended-stay and volunteer programs for a more comprehensive experience. Make Thai Elephant Home a centerpiece of your Mae Taeng vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mae Taeng trip planner .
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  • I want to start by saying that I truly understand the complexity of issues facing elephants in Thailand and their caregivers. I care deeply about animals, and the people of Thailand who are charged wi...  more »
  • We booked the 2 day program and became our highlight of our trip to Thailand. On the first day, the focus was on feeding, riding and washing the elephants. One of our daughters was insanely afraid of the elephants. With a lot of patience, Joe's staff managed to bring them closer to the animals. Thank you very much for that. In the evening we cooked deliciously and we still had great conversations with "T". On the second day we were in the nursery with 3 dams and 3 kittens. We fed, walked through the jungle and bathed the animals. Thank you Joe and team for the unforgettable days!
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  • An incredible moment with exciting and passionate people who accompany us! An investment worth while; The children had stars in their eyes! Feeding the elephants, climbing on their heads, bathing with them: everything was more than perfect Thank you from the whole heart
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  • Very friendly staff! They give you clothes to change into and lockers. You get to ride the elephants right on their backs and play with them in the river (that was the best part) we had such a fun time with these amazing animals! We also got to feed them bananas and they love them! It was nice to use their showers after and get all cleaned up. For sure would recommend this!
  • An awesome experience... Great for the kids too! They provided us with clothes to wear. We feed the elephants and then rode them to the river. We bathed them and rose them back. A towel and hot shower was provided and a snack. Very knowledgeable staff, with good English... A great morning...
  • Amazing experience, something you shouldn't miss if you come visit Chiang Mai. Staff is very friendly (as most Thai people) and take good care of you and the Elephants themselves. We rode for 2hours, played with the Elephants in the river and even had the pleasure of meeting a cute baby elephant. We were also accompanied by a photographer that took a lot of pictures of us (no extra cost), both with his camera and my own; pictures were sent by email. Seriously, don't miss this opportunity.
  • Shamefully advertising that it’s ethical to ride on the back of elephants. That’s categorically not true. People supporting this tourist trap should be ashamed - elephants are not toys. If you are thinking of going to see these amazing creatures in real life, do so at an ethical sanctuary - they are easy to find.
  • This was one of our favorite stops in all of Thailand! The people here are so kind and really do love their elephants. After spending two and a half weeks in Thailand you quickly know when an elephant is treated correctly or not and the elephants here definitely have a good home. there are a lot of people who think all elephant riding is unethical. They claim that it damages their spines. While I would agree that the elephants equipped with the big boxes on their backs are treated unethically, places such as the Thai Elephant home that only allow one writer per elephant does not hurt the animal. Humans have been riding elephants for centuries, they are massive animals unlikely cannot notice a tiny human riding on their neck, one of the strongest areas of their body. The instruction from the employees was very clear and thorough and the trip down to the river was just amazing. The elephant's loved playing in the river and getting washed. When we got back they showed us pictures and fed us some amazing pineapple and other fruits. I could have spent a week at this place. I researched a lot of places before deciding to go here, and I'm glad that we went to this elephant home because the elephants are treated well and the staff was so friendly.
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