The lush northern regions of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are home to some of the best and most ethical elephant experiences in Thailand.

Key Stats

Flight from London London

11:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs

Visit a sanctuary where you'll have the opportunity to meet the resident elephants who have all been rescued from mistreatment. One of the volunteers from the sanctuary will show you around and explain the threats to the Thai elephant population and their natural habitat, to give you a better idea of the important work being done in the sanctuaries.

In most sanctuaries the elephants are allowed to roam completely free in the park, but they have also become accustomed to the daily feeding routines so are likely to be around for you to meet as you help the staff with feeding.

A highlight for many visitors is the chance to help the staff bathe the elephants, getting up close and personal with the beautiful, gentle creatures as you do so.

There is often also opportunity to join the mahouts and elephants on an extended trek in the surrounding area, passing through the beautiful terrain of jungles, rivers and mountains.

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Original Highlight

Elephants splashing in water
Holly in the mountains

Splashing around with the elephants as we helped bathe them was probably one of the most memorable bits of my trip to Thailand.

Holly, Original Traveller

Where to stay

Four Seasons Tented Camp

Four Seasons Tented Camp

The Four Seasons Tented Camp is a luxurious camp set amidst the bamboo forests of mountainous Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand.

elephants eating

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Perched on a hill overlooking the enchanting hills of neighbouring Myanmar and Laos, this charming hilltop hideaway effortlessly combines luxury living with a genuine sense of adventure.

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

Accommodation consists of colonial-style suites, private two-storey villas or palatial residences with private pools, and the whole property is surrounded by 60 acres of peaceful landscapes incorporating paddy fields and lush tropical greenery.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Located on the banks of the Mae Ping River in the heart of the historic city of Chiang Mai, the hotel features the contemporary Asian design and chic styling typical of the Anantara.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

A Bangkok institution since the 1860s, whose famous guests have included Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene.

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