Chiang Mai Elephant Experience

Experience the magic of Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary, where you can spend a day with happy, healthy elephants in their natural jungle habitat.

Assist in their daily care routines. Located in Chiang Mai, this sanctuary offers an immersive and ethical encounter, ensuring the well-being of the elephants. Join this extraordinary adventure and create unforgettable memories with these incredible animals.


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Program Description

Elephants have been utilized by humans for a wide range of tasks over the course of 5000 years. However, this relationship has not been mutually beneficial, as elephants often suffer from abuse and neglect despite their revered status in Thai culture. Factors such as abuse, poaching, deforestation, tourism, and habitat loss have led to a significant decline in Asian elephant populations, making them an endangered species.

In response to these challenges, our project takes place in a sanctuary that provides a safe haven for old, sick, disabled, previously abused, or illegally-owned elephants. Our focus is on working for the elephants, prioritizing their well-being. This means that elephant riding is not part of the program. Instead, you will have the opportunity to engage and assist with activities such as bathing, food preparation often consisting of sugarcane and banana plants. During the day, the elephants roam freely in the sanctuary and are then taken to the forest in the early evening.

You will also have the privilege of spending time alongside experienced mahouts, who dedicate their lives to understanding and caring for elephants. While the sanctuary welcomes short-stay visitors for respectful interactions with the elephants, it is essential to acknowledge the ongoing support required to maintain these majestic animals. Many of them have endured captivity for laborious tasks like logging and farming or entertainment purposes such as riding and shows. As a result, you may witness around 40-50 individuals on-site, working diligently to provide care.

In addition, if you have medical conditions, just inform us in advance in order to take necessary precautions and measures. However, alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited during your program schedules. Moreover, there are a lot of active outdoor activities in these programs, thus, it is advisable to make sure that you are Medically and Physically Fit to move around.

Finally, during the daily activities at the sanctuary, please be advised to be mindful and to not harm the elephants. Notably, please remember that our primary objective is to ensure the well-being of these graceful creatures. There is no room for exploitation or mistreatment in this project. Thus, enjoy and make the most of your stay and make memorable learning experiences.

Aims and Objectives

  • Take care of relocated, injured, ill, previously abused or illegally owned elephants at the sanctuary.
  • Give you a unique, unforgettable experience in care taking for elephants.
  • Assist the local sanctuary staff by providing an extra hand.



  • Breakfast
  • Introduction to Asia Elephants
  • Lunch
  • Learn and Prepare Thai herb medicine for Elephants.
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Clean and Renovate Elephant Area
  • Lunch
  • Observe Elephants taking Mud Bath
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Clean and Renovate Elephant Area.
  • Lunch
  • Making Nutrition Ball for Elephants
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Clean and Renovate Elephant Area.
  • Lunch
  • Learn Mahout Basic Skills.
  • Walk with Elephants
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Clean and Renovate Elephant Area.
  • Lunch
  • Prepare food and Feed Elephants.
  • Observing Elephant Behaviors
  • Dinner

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Intermediate

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe experience..

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Genuine interests in taking Care of Giant Creatures such as these elephants.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program and as there are lots of outdoor activities under the heat of the sun, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and a strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Though pre – flight PCR test and proof of vaccination are no longer required to travel to Thailand, however, be aware that if you have a connecting flight from your country to Thailand, you will need to meet the requirement of the connecting airport, which may still require  pre – flight PCR test and proof of vaccination. Thus, it is recommended that you may have a COVID – 19 Vaccination. You are also advised to bring with you a  COVID – 19 antigen rapid test as you need to take tests.
  • You are advised to purchase travel, medical and Covid – 19 insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

Dress Code:

  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate especially when visiting school or temples during your spare or free time.

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable working clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and wet all day.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring a hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun as you will work at the sanctuary.
  • Please also bring work gloves, sturdy shoes or boots so you can move easily and comfortably.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day as you may be working under the heat of the sun and strenuous activities to perform.