15 Best Elephant Camps in Chiang Mai (Trekking, Rides & Bathing)
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Chiang Mai elephant camps are some of the finest tourist attractions in the city, ideal for a joyful day outing experience with family and friends. These elephant camps are safe havens for rescued elephants, established to give shelter to them and look after their needs in their natural habitat. Spending a few hours at one of these camps will surely be an educational experience for you as you get to learn about these animals, their history, their food habits, and much more. You will also get an opportunity to play with elephants, bathe them, and pose next to them.

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A tour of elephant camps in Chiang Mai is definitely going to satisfy your urge for wildlife exploration and fun activities. Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary and Maetaman Elephant Camp are two highly recommended camps where you can ride these majestic elephants and explore the deeper parts of the forests. Or, for a more intimate and interactive session, you have choices like Into The Wild Elephant Camp and Mae Ping Elephant Village where you will get a chance to bath with elephants in a river and watch them paint.

Here are some of the best Chiang Mai Elephant Camps:

01

Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre

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Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre

Get ready to visit the Ran-Tong Save and Rescue Elephant Camp for a fantastic getaway from the monotony of daily life. It is home to over 40 elephants, all of the animals are rescued and protected from future abuse and domestic poaching in Chiang Mai.

Famous for its domestic and friendly elephants, the Ran-Tong Save and Rescue elephant centre has tourists and visitors actively interacting with the animals to create a protected environment for the elephants and a thrilling experience for the tourists.  With peaceful and fun activities like bathing, feeding and playing with elephants, this elephant rescue centre is a must-see when visiting Thailand.

Location: Ban Chang, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand.

Timings: Monday-Sunday, from 7 am to 10 pm.

Cost: A full-day program costs from THB 2100-2500/ INR 4690- 5580.

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Mae Ping Elephant Village

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Mae Ping Elephant Village
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Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Ping River whilst overlooking the natural beauty of the Mae Ping Elephant Village. Take time away from the hustle and bustle of city life and indulge yourself in fun activities like elephant bathing and painting in nature. Spend quality time with your family and loved ones at one of the most peaceful elephant camps in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Surround yourself in the lush greenery of the Mae Ping Village as you enjoy elephant shows or simply take part in relaxing elephant rides. The elephant rides follow a trail down the Mae Ping river which retires into a splendid buffet lunch with several vegetarian options.

Location: Inthakhin, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand.

Timing: 9 am to 5 pm; Monday to Sunday. 

Cost: THB 900/ INR 2000.

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Maetaman Elephant Camp

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Maetaman Elephant Camp
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Another one of the great Chiang Mai Elephant Camps is the Maetaman Elephant Camp located in the town of Kuet Chang in the Mae Taeng district. If you are looking for a relaxing and fun time to spend with these gentle giants then Maetaman Elephant Camp is the place for you.

Revel in fun activities like elephant rides along the river and bamboo raft-making and ox cart rides. Interact with the different types of elephants from the great Asian to the majestic African. Learn more about these magnificent beasts and their role in the ecosystem as you simultaneously give them baths and spend your time petting them.

Location: Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand.

Timing: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm.

Cost: THB 1900/ INR 4200.

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Maesa Elephant Camp

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Maesa Elephant Camp
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Home to the largest area for domesticated elephants in the Masea Valley, the Masea Elephant Camp is dedicated to using their expertise and knowledge to help increase the number of elephants in northern Thailand. Visit these Chiang Mai Elephants Camps and observe the elephants work in unison with their mahouts and take part in leisurely activities for tourists like bathing and riding elephants.

Also, indulge in outdoor painting activities amidst the breathtaking landscape of the Maesa Valley. Visit the elephant nursery for a petting experience that will surely bring you closer to these mighty animals and help you make for some fond memories.

Location: Tapae Road, 119/9 1096, 50100, Thailand.

Timing: 7:30 am to 4 pm.

Cost: THB 200- 1200/ INR 450- 2700.

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Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp

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Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp

One of the most sought after Chiang Mai Elephant Camps is the Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented camp. Escape to the natural wonders of northern Thailand on the Ruak River. Explore the natural beauty of west Laos by staying at the luxury tented accommodations of the Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented camps.

Take part in unforgettable adventures such as trekking with elephants through lush jungles and fabulous mountain trails. With stunning views and luxuries signature to the Four Seasons, their Chiang Mai Elephant Camps create memories that will last a lifetime.  With a minimum of two days and one night stay, tourists and guests can enjoy all the special amenities that the camp has to offer.

Location: 499 MOO1 T. Vieng, Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 57150, Thailand.

Timing: All-access during a minimum of 2 days stay.

Cost: THB 70560/ INR 157400.

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Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp

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Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp

Be a part of one of the best eco-tour and travel experience and immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp. Spend quality time feeding, playing and taking care of the elephants in this camp. Guests can also opt for riding these gentle beasts for a fascinating and unforgettable experience.

Guests also have the option of availing accommodation in eco-huts located on the property. Participate in other enjoyable and exciting activities like river rafting and swimming in the pools or witness the scenic mountainous beauty. If you are looking for a peaceful natural retreat to detox from city life and get up close and personal with elephants, this elephant camp is a must-visit.

Location: 202 Tambon Mae Win, Amphoe Mae Wang, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50360, Thailand.

Timing: 7 am to 9 pm, Monday-Sunday.

Cost: THB 200/ INR 446.

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Elephant Life Experience

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Elephant Life Experience

Plan the perfect getaway by visiting the Elephant Life Experience camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Make your tour an unforgettable one by visiting this stunning location and spending time in the photogenic natural landscape.

Make memories of playing with and bathing the elephants at the Elephant Life Experience. Tourists and guests can also book rooms in luxury accommodations and lodges. One can also engage in activities like elephant trekking through picturesque forests on the backs of the mighty elephants. One can also learn new and interesting facts about the elephants’ behaviour and habits in the forest and gain valuable insights about the animals.

Location: Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand.

Timing: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Cost: THB 2500/ INR 5570.

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Baan Chang Elephant Park

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Baan Chang Elephant Park

Engage in an experience of a lifetime as you get exclusive insight into the natural environment in which elephants thrive and their behaviour. The Baan Chang Elephant Park is a small, family-run park that has been running for over 30 years solely for the love and dedication towards elephants and their conservation.

Witness the majestic beauty of the elephants, who are provided with the highest quality of life possible. The Baan Chang Elephant park does not tolerate any mistreatment of the elephants, and although you can interact with them in close proximity, tourists are not allowed to take rides on their backs.

Location: Unnamed Rd, Tambon Ki Lek, Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand.

Timing: Monday-Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Cost: THB 2900- 12900/ INR 6460- 28770.

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Elephant Nature Park

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Elephant Nature Park

Elephant camps in Chiang Mai are all unique conservation projects that focus on protecting elephants from abuse and rescues them from the hands of poachers and hunters. Elephant Nature Park has been actively working with elephants since the 1990s with the concentrated agenda of providing a safe sanctuary for elephants in northern Thailand.

Tourists can spend time with the animals in their care and learn about their habits and behaviour from elephant experts.  Tourists and volunteers are welcome to contribute to the conservation and welfare of the elephants and other animals. As you pet and take care of them in their natural environment, learn about their history and conservation practices that are being adopted for their sustenance and welfare.

Location: 209/2 Sridom, Ruam Chai Alley, 50100, Thailand.

Timing: 9 am to 5 pm; Monday to Saturday. (Closed on Sundays). 

Cost: THB 2500/ INR 5570 (day tour); THB 5800/ INR 12930 (night tour).

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Patara Elephant Farm

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Patara Elephant Farm

Known for its active rescue endeavors and conservation of elephants, the Patara Elephant Farm finds and protects elephants from all across Thailand and treats rehabilitates them in a protected natural environment.

Spend a day at one of the most beautiful and friendly elephant's camps in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as you clean, bathe, feed and spend time with the gentle elephants at the Patara Elephant Farm. Interact with the elephants in their natural environment and experience the natural beauty of the animals.

Location: Ban Pong, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand.

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm, Monday-Sunday. 

Cost:  THB 5800/ INR 12936 (elephant per person).

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Into the Wild Elephant Camp

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Into the Wild Elephant Camp

Another one of Chiang Mai Elephant Camps is the Into the Wild Elephant Camp which is a place that offers a surreal experience in the Chiang Mai province of Thailand. All the elephants at this camp are allowed to roam free in the vast forest area and play to their heart’s content in the freshwater river.

The Into the Wild Elephant Camp also sports a lively educational centre at the heart of the reserve for eager tourists and animal activists. The camp is a great spot for those who wish to connect with nature and are looking to make exciting memories. 

Location: 52/1-2, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.

Timings: Open 24 hours, Monday-Sunday.  

Cost: THB 2400/ INR 5300.

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Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary

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Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary

Embark on a journey of educational ecotourism at the Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary. Wander around in the scenic beauty of the surrounding mountains and an adjoining national park. Located in a village near Chiang Mai, you can experience first-hand the majestic beauty of the elephants and the skill of their care-takers (mahouts).

Riding or climbing on the elephants is banned here, even for the mahouts, as they are treated with dignity, love and respect. If you are an avid animal lover, this elephant camp in Chiang Mai should definitely be a part of your travel itinerary. 

Location: 45 km from the city of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

Timings: open 24 hours Monday to Sunday.

Cost: THB 3500/ INR 7800.

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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Plan a getaway to an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism sanctuary located approximately 60 km away from the city of Chiang Mai. Founded in July 2014, this is one of the Elephant Camps in Chiang Mai that is a joint initiative between the members of the tribes of Karen hill and the Chiang Mai locals who have been actively working for the welfare of the elephants of Thailand.

The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary has a total of three national parks, each of which is near the cities of Chiang Mai Pattaya and Phuket.

Location: 1910 Thapae Rd, Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand.

Timing: Monday-Sunday, 7 am to 10 pm. 

Cost: TBH 2400/ INR 5300 (adults), THB 1800/ INR 4000 (ages 3-10), free for children under the age of 3.

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Elephant Retirement Park

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Elephant Retirement Park

If you are planning to explore the Mae Tang district in Chiang Mai, make sure you pay a visit to the Elephant Retirement Park. Observe the beauty of the elephants as they roam through the mountains freely. Indulge in a great educational experience where you can get to know the natural behaviour of elephants at the Chiang Mai Elephant Camps as they live and thrive in their natural habitat in a protected environment.

Guides also educated the tourists and visitors about elephant conservation, and their need to be protected. The Elephant Retirement Park does not allow the bathing or riding of the elephants and provides important and educational insight to the lifestyle of the elephants.

Location: 5 Kotchasarn Rd Lane 5, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand.

Timing: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 10 pm.

Cost: THB 2080/ INR 4650.

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Elephant Rescue Park

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 Elephant Rescue Park

Experience first-hand, the rehabilitation of elephants who have been mistreated at the Elephant Rescue Park in the lush green valley of Chiang Mai. All animals at this elephant camp in Chiang Mai have been rescued from circuses, difficult environments and other forms of animal labour and abuse.

Get a chance to witness the majesty and beauty of these animals up close as they roam in a safe and well-equipped park and thrive in nature. Indulge in various activities like petting and bathing the elephants as you make wonderful memories at the Elephant Rescue Park in Chiang Mai. 

Location: 24 Ratchamakka Rd. | Phra Singh Subdistrict, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.

Timing: Monday to Sunday; 8 am to 10 pm.

Cost: THB 2600/ INR 5800.

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  1. What are the best elephant sanctuaries in Chiang mai?

    1. Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre: Home to rescued and protected elephants, Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre is a great place to witness elephants in their natural surroundings.
    2. Mae Ping Elephant Village: Mae Ping Elephant Village gives you the opportunity to sail in the Ping River to witness the elephants enjoying their daily routines. 
    3. Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp: Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp lets you be a part of the entire experience by letting you feed the elephants and give them a bath if you wish to.
    4. Baan Chang Elephant Park: Baan Chang Elephant Park is a small family run park where elephants are taken care of with utmost love. This gives you a great chance to interact with their caretakers to get an in-depth insight on their day-to-day life.
  2. How much does it cost for elephant sanctuary Chiang Mai?

    It costs around THB 2400 or INR 4300 for an adult and THB 1800 or INR 4000 for a kid to enjoy a great tour of the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai. This price also covers expenses like tickets, guides, and much more according to which package you opt for.
  3. Is elephant jungle sanctuary in Chiang Mai ethical?

    Yes, elephant jungle sanctuary in Chiang Mai is totally ethical. You can be assured of no rides and tricks by the elephants. Also, you must know that all the elephants found here are either rescued or kept there because of their old age.

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