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17 Best Chiang Mai Elephant Camps

 
  • 01Baan Chang Elephant Park

    Based at a distance of 50 minutes from Chiang Mai, The Baan Chang Elephant Park is a beautiful sanctuary located at Mae Taeng. The place is by far one of the best locations to be up close with elephants and enjoy quality time with them. It’s a beautiful park dedicated to provide good life to the elephants. The special program named as Magical Elephant Mahout Training is scheduled here to make the visitors learn, know more and interact with this giant, clam and beautiful animal. Elephant feeding, elephant bath, bare back elephant ride, their medication and interacting with them all are included in this program. It organizes usually a day tour where lunch is included in the package.

    Image Credits : Dave Lonsdale



    Location
    : Ratchadamnoen, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Price: Starting from 2900 Baht
  • 02Chiang Dao Elephant Camp - Training Center

    At Chiang Dao Elephant Camp - Training Center primary importance is given towards making the elephants feel comfortable in a natural environment. As a result the camp provides an experience to its visitors which combine both jungle activities and training schedules with a one to one interaction with a single elephant making the whole experience more interesting and absolutely unforgettable. There are about 32 elephants which provide excellent rides in the adjacent teak forest and the nearby Ping River. The highlight of the destination is watching the baby elephants get trained in the morning with lessons on how to walk, how to bath etc. Bamboo rafting sessions are also available here on the Ping River. A visit to hill tribe village is also organised.



    Location
    Chiang Mai-Fang Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timing: Open daily from 7 am Price: Starting from 60 Baht.
  • 03Elephant Nature Park

    Based in Ratmakka Road, the Elephant Nature Park offers an excellent tour programs for its visitors which includes scenic and adventurous trips and multiple ways to be up close with the gigantic mammals and know more about their conservation of the same. The paved pathway of the ruiral countryside in the Nature Park provide an ideal site for a drive and visualize plenty of rescued animals leaving happily and roaming in the sanctuary. There are special programs which entitles hands on experience with the beautiful elephants and taking care of them. The park has exclusive pick up and drop facility for the visitors. There are arrangements of single day visit, multi day visit and also an exclusive package for night stay.



    Location
    : 1 Ratmakka Road, Phra Sing, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timing: 8am-5:30pm

    Price: Single day visit (with transport & lunch) 2,500 Baht (adults), 1,250 Baht (children)
  • 04Patara Elephant Farm

    One of the excellent family outings can be scheduled at Patara Elephant Farm where the exclusive Elephant Care Program includes interaction with the wonderful elephants and getting to know more about this gigantic mammal. The training and interaction session includes health check up og elephants, taking care of the pregnant female elephants, walking with them, feeding them, making them drink water and accompanying them in their bathe time. A bare back ride on these elephants is equally entertaining and quite adventurous. Special time is allotted for baby elephants where one gets to play, feed and bathe with them. There is both half a day and full day program package in these elephant farm.

    Image Credits : Mike Gifford



    Location
    : Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timing: 8am-5:30pm
  • 05Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre

    Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre were established in 2009 with the motive of rescuing ill-treated elephants and saving them with proper shelter, food and healthcare. Though this initiative started with a single elephant but it later on got transferred into a business. Tourists visit this destination on a daily basis and enjoy interacting with the elephants and help them in their daily schedule which is an equally interesting activity. In the centre there are various single day programs as well as a multiple day schedules and transportation is available from the hotel. There are exclusive riding tours available which can be included in the package. White water rafting is an entertaining activity in this center. Another popular program here is the baby care programs where one needs to take care of the baby elephants and spend time with them. Its a memorable experience for all.

     

    Image Credits : Andrew Codrington



    Location
    : Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timing: 8am-5:00pm
  • 06Thai Elephant Conservation Centre

    The government owned Thai Elephant Conservation Centre was established in 1993 and from then it has been a pioneer attraction and a prominent tourist destination for all visitors. Having a strength of nearly 50 gigantic mammals, this camp entertains the visitors with an opportunity to experience being up close with the elephants and help them feed, bathe and play. The employees here are well trained and can share immense knowledge about these animals, their conservation process and environmental protection. The animals here stay in private stables where they do their daily chores. The most entertaining part is watching these elephants play musical instruments or paint which is truly outstanding. The conservation centre is about 70kms from Chiang Mai and closes by 3:30pm as the animals then retire for rest in the jungle.



    Location
    : 28-29 Lampang-Chiang Mai Highway, Thailand

    Timings: Till 3:30pm daily

    Price: Admission: 200Baht and Training: 3500Baht
  • 07Mae Ping Elephant Village

    Image Credit : Adam
    One of the main attractions of Chiang Mai is the multiple elephant camps and training schools spread across the location. This is all the more since elephants consisted of an integral part of Thailand rich and royal culture. However among all these camps the Mae Ping Elephant Village comprises of special importance because here the camp thrives to take care of the former working elephants and most of them have real mahouts or trainers who are professionals and knows how to take care of these gigantic animals. Moreover its a real training camp and not just set for the tourists.

    Image Credits : Adam



    One can enjoy good interaction with the elephants in presence of the trainers like feeding and bathing them. Also the elephants put a great painting show to entertain visitors.

    Location: 60km north of Chiang Mai
  • 08Maetaman Elephant Camp

    Image Credit : Miguel Vicente Martínez
    Located at a distance of less than an hour from Chiang Mai this camp is located in forested environment. With a total strength of 60 elephants these elephants are owned by mahouts who are experienced professionals training the animals. The visitors here can enjoy exclusive time with the gentle giants and spend quality time helping with their daily activities. Even the baby elephants are a joy to see, feed and bath. There are opportunities to take bare back elephant ride and enjoy interacting with them. The environment here is very good and clean and all the elephants are well maintained and properly taken care of. Apart from the usual interaction elephant show, ox cart rides and bamboo rafting are premier attractions. There is opportunity here to purchase real elephant paintings as a souvenir.

    Image Credits : Miguel Vicente Martínez



    Location
    : Rim Tai, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timings
    : 7:00am to 4:00pm
  • 09Maesa Elephant Camp

    Image Credit : Jinny
    If the love is for Asian elephants then the apt place to get close to them is the Maesa Elephant Camp. The camp is by far the largest one in assembly of domestic elephants in the Northern part of Thailand. It also showcases the most entertaining as well as educational elephant show which has managed to enlist itself in Guinness book of Records 2005. The camp houses nearly 80 elephants which were all employed in timber and logging industries but with modern process they are all now taken care of in these centres for conservation and training. Visitors can enjoy the location playing with the baby elephants, feeding and bathing them and also interacting with the same. The elephants draw excellent pictures which can be purchased here.

    Image Credits : Jinny



    Location
    : Tapae Road, North of Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

    Price: Entry: 200 Baht,

    Elephant ride: 1200 Baht for 1 hour and 800 Baht for 30mins
  • 10Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp

    65km from Chiang Mai International Airport, the Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp is a ideal location to enjoy elephant trekking, pleasant stay, excellent meals and superb spa treatment. The arrangements are superb with 15 tents with white crisp bedding, copper tubs, and leather recliners setting the jungle safari mood. The brilliant ambience of the forested environment, the excellent elephant rides and superior Thai massage after a elephant rides along with excellent relaxation makes it a preferred destination in Thailand.



    One can explore the flora and fauna, get up close with the elephants and enjoy a entertaining day with the luxury of a resort to stay. Riverside pool and river boat trips are some additional entertaining activities done here.

    Location: 4 hours drive from Chiang Mai City.




















  • 11Thai Elephant Conservation Centre

    The government owned Thai Elephant Conservation Centre was established in 1993 and from then it has been a pioneer attraction and a prominent tourist destination for all visitors. Having a strength of nearly 50 gigantic mammals, this camp entertains the visitors with an opportunity to experience being up close with the elephants and help them feed, bathe and play. The employees here are well trained and can share immense knowledge about these animals, their conservation process and environmental protection. The animals here stay in private stables where they do their daily chores. The most entertaining part is watching these elephants play musical instruments or paint which is truly outstanding. The conservation centre is about 70kms from Chiang Mai and closes by 3:30pm as the animals then retire for rest in the jungle.



    Location
    : 28-29 Lampang-Chiang Mai Highway, Thailand

    Timings: Till 3:30pm daily

    Price: Admission: 200Baht and Training: 3500Baht
  • 12Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp

    Image Credit : PROBertrand Duperrin
    To experience the best eco travel tour and immerse in the beauties of nature Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp is the best experience. One can spend the days, feeding, bathing, playing and taking care of the gentle giants. There is option for elephant ride which is equally interesting. The visitors of this camp need to accommodate in eco hut and enjoy the panoramic beauty of nature. Be it river rafting or swimming in the cool pools, enjoying the mountain sun or tasting the sweetest juicy fresh fruits, life here is simply entertaining.

    Image Credits : su-lin



    Elephant experience here can be either enjoyed with a single elephant or with shared elephant. With friendly staff and excellent trainers the experience is a pleasant one guaranteed.

    Location: Mae Win, Mae Wang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 13Baan Chang Elephant Park

    Based at a distance of 50 minutes from Chiang Mai, The Baan Chang Elephant Park is a beautiful sanctuary located at Mae Taeng. The place is by far one of the best locations to be up close with elephants and enjoy quality time with them. It’s a beautiful park dedicated to provide good life to the elephants. The special program named as Magical Elephant Mahout Training is scheduled here to make the visitors learn, know more and interact with this giant, clam and beautiful animal. Elephant feeding, elephant bath, bare back elephant ride, their medication and interacting with them all are included in this program. It organizes usually a day tour where lunch is included in the package.

    Image Credits : Dave Lonsdale



    Location
    : Ratchadamnoen, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Price: Starting from 2900 Baht
  • 14Thai Elephant Home

    Image Credit : Cedar
    One of the best destinations to enjoy brilliant time with the gentle giants, Thai Elephant Home is located in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. The camp has sufficient number of elephants all rescued and conserved in the camp to make them lead a happy life. Tourist can visit the destination and enjoy feeding, bathing and taking care of both the bigger and baby elephants.

    Image Credits : Cedar



    There are several packages which can be opted for to ensure some decent time spent playing with these animals. It’s a eco friendly tourism where apart from enjoying the elephants one can also take pleasure in beautiful lush greenery and natural pools. The home has beautiful eco huts on a twin sharing basis with all necessary utilities for travellers to enjoy their stay for as long as they want.

    Location
    : 2 Kuedchang Maetang Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 15Woody’s Elephant Training

    Image Credit : Venson Kuchipudi
    Located in Mae Tang, Chiang Mai, Woody’s Elephant training camp is almost a sanctuary where elephants are treated as family members, taking utmost care of the same. The elephants live here happily and contented with peace and harmony in utmost care. The elephants are given training as mahouts or profession trainers and they mix easily with the humans. The visitors can interact with them as per guidance from the trainer and enjoy an instant friendship with the gentle giants. Woody Trek is one of the premier attractions in this place where there are options of 2-3 days trekking in midst the forested areas and enjoys nature at its best.

    Image Credits : Nicole Hanusek



    The basic commands to control the elephant, feeding and bathing them, enjoying virtual shower are some of the interesting activities performed here. One can expect transportation facility like pick up and drop off from hotel from the camp.

    Location: 59/3 M.1 T.cuodchang A.Mae Tang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 16Jumbo Elephant Camp

    Image Credit : Dan Costin
    Jumbo Elephant Camp is known for the authentic elephant experience in Thailand. Located in Elephant Valley about 40kms from Chiang Mai, this is a beautiful camp established in 1999. A perfect location for trekking and rafting one can have excellent elephant experience in this camp interacting with them in every way. The daily routine of the elephants are being shared with the visitor where each visitor is allotted a single elephant.

     

    Image Credits : Visnu Pitiyanuvath



    The trainers are experienced mahouts sharing their knowledge about elephants from ancient times. The expert trainers help in river rafting, bamboo rafting, swimming in the waterfalls and experiencing the local wilderness. One can stay at Pagoda Inn at the heart of the city with all necessary amenities.

    Location: Chang Moi Soi, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 17Elephant Life Experience

    The only name that pops up in mind, while speaking about boutique elephant camp in Thailand is E.L.E or better known as Elephant Life Experience. The beautiful place provides an opportunity to all its visitors to come close to elephants and spend quality time with them. They can share their daily routine where the visitors can better interact under the expert guidance of the trainers. The camp has beautiful natural setting with cascading river flowing close by.

     



    The environment is peaceful and harmonious to match the temperament of the gentle giants. There are lodges for comfortable accommodation where all necessary facilities are available. It’s a romantic gateway where the vacation can truly turn special in the midst of natural beauty.

    Location: Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand.