Elephant Nature Park - School, College & Group VisitsLocation: Chiang Mai province – Northern Thailand

Nearest Airport: - Chiang Mai (CNX)

Group visits to Elephant Nature Park are available for groups of school students.

Below you will see an example of a Chiang Mai based itinerary including an overnight visit to Elephant Nature Park.

These can be tailored to be part of a wider itinerary within a travel plan to Thailand and we are able to facilitate the entire itinerary scheduling on your behalf.

If you are interested in this option & you would like a quotation of price, please contact us here…

Example : Elephant Education 8 day School Trip

Enjoy a unique trip to Northern Thailand and spend time at the award winning Elephant Nature Park.

Day 1.

  • Arrival transfer to hotel

Pamper a Pachyderm - Full day visitLocation: Chiang Mai province – Northern Thailand

Nearest Airport: - Chiang Mai (CNX)

Duration: Full Day

An elephant camp neighboring our park has decided to try out our concept of care. So now four lucky female elephants have dumped their trekking seats and their mahouts hooks have been cast aside. Only small groups enjoy the honour of observing their freedom and happiness; they walk, they scratch, they swim, they eat, they dust bathe... all at their own pace... May this be the start of a new trend that catches on in the Mae Taeng valley and elsewhere.

What you will be doing

Morning pick up from your Chiang Mai hotel or our office. A film shown enroute teaches you about the project and Elephant Nature Park is followed by a safety talk by your guide.

Meet and feed the elephants before starting your walk with the elephants into the surrounding forests with the herd.

Wild-nannyCQ9P7413 SnapseedLocation: Chiang Mai province – Northern Thailand

Nearest Airport: - Chiang Mai (CNX)

Duration: Full Day

A nearby elephant camp that previously provided elephant riding and trekking has now agreed to take a new approach to animal conservation and allow their elephants to live in a more natural environment, rather than being ridden every day.  We are very happy to welcome this new approach and wish to share this experience with you.

What you will be doing

Starting From: 08:00am - 08:30am Pick up from your Chiang Mai hotel or our office at 07:40am. Enroute you are shown a video about elephants which is followed by a safety talk by your guide.

On arrival at an elephant camp further up in the mountains near to Elephant Nature Park, you will meet up with elephants that have been recently rescued from their daily toil of entertaining visitors. You will feed the elephants in the early morning light and then walk with these newly rescued elephants through the dense mountain forests witnessing their natural behaviours and sense of freedom, after their recent release from the tourism trade.


Elephant Nature Park - 1 Day Visit

Location: Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand

Nearest Airport: Chiang Mai (CNX)

Duration: Full Day

Enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park; a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals.

Your visit starts with a picturesque drive through rural countryside to Elephant Nature Park. You will hear the personal stories of rescued and orphaned elephants. See how they became a proud herd and free from abuse for the first time in their lives.

Many find their visit to Elephant Nature Park rewarding and very relaxing. Observe free roaming elephants, and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings of our sanctuary.

Your visit helps support our regional projects and offers an invaluable opportunity of helping elephant conservation

Elephant Nature Park - Overnight Visit

Location: Chiang Mai province – Northern Thailand

Nearest Airport: - Chiang Mai (CNX)

Duration: Two days, one night

Sleepovers in the midst of a thriving elephant herd offers visitors the chance to enjoy the simple rustic nature of Northern Thailand in the unique company of our rescued herd. We pick up from your hotel for a scenic drive north to Elephant Nature Park where you will meet our magnificent elephant herd. You will soon get to know them and make new friends by offering them delicious nourishing foods fresh from the market.

What you will be doing.

An introductory orientation video and talk where you can learn all about our herd and the park is followed by a healthy lunch of fresh local produce then bathe and swim with our elephants in the river that borders our park. Discover how to communicate with them and learn with our trained staff. Observe our herd at play and watch them interact in each of their social groups. Full dinner at the park and accommodation at park huts.

Elephant Nature Park - Weekly Volunteer

Location: Chiang Mai province – Northern Thailand

Nearest Airport: - Chiang Mai (CNX)

Duration: One or Two weeks (initial acceptance maximum stay is two weeks). You must make separate bookings for each week.

We are offering you a life enhancing opportunity of direct hands on conservation work in an internationally celebrated conservationist in a unique programme to help protect a highly endangered species. Most volunteers leave with a proud sense of accomplishment and a deep satisfying feeling of having really done something positive.

Volunteer at Elephant Nature Park and help to improve the plight of the Asian elephant. Make a real contribution to conservation in Northern Thailand. The park provides sanctuary for disabled, blind, and orphaned elephants that have often been abused as working animals and for street begging. You will actively be helping improve their lives and the conditions in which they live 

Elephant Nature Park - Student Vet Volunteer

Location: Chiang Mai province – Northern Thailand

Nearest Airport: - Chiang Mai (CNX)

Duration: Up to four weeks (initial acceptance)

This program is only for Qualified Veterinarians and Veterinarian Nurses/Techs. Veterinary students are also welcome and completed hours can be used as part of your coursework/placement. University assessment paperwork can be completed by our park veterinarian as part of your field-work. Vet students applying for this program are required to be in a recognized full time veterinary study course with a letter of enrollment from the head of the veterinary department.

** If you are not qualified please apply as an Elephant Nature Park Volunteer orDog Rescue Volunteer **

About us:
At Elephant Nature Park we offer sanctuary to an array of animals including elephants, dogs, cats, birds, buffalo, pigs and many other rescued animals. Volunteering at the park offers visitors the opportunity to engage with the animals and for many it is an enriching and life-changing experience. In addition to volunteer duties there are many activities to enjoy such as cultural lessons, educational talks and nature walks.

Dog Rescue Project - Weekly Volunteer

Location: Chiang Mai province – Northern Thailand

Nearest Airport: - Chiang Mai (CNX)

Duration: Up to Four weeks

Although dogs and elephants may not find themselves sharing the same space in the wild, this project provides a loving home for both species in proximity at Elephant Nature Park.

The project began as a result of catastrophic floods in Bangkok in 2011. In rented boats navigating the river of streets, Elephant Nature Park volunteers rescued dogs trapped on rooftops and desperate for help. Many dogs were too afraid to board our boats and were given fresh water, food and medical treatment to survive on their own.

Of the 2,000 dogs pulled to safety, 155 were brought to Elephant Nature Park to begin their second chance at life. Large ‘dog runs’ were built with all kinds of things for the dogs to climb on, swim in, and play amongst. A small animal hospital was constructed and a full time vet and clinic manager have been employed to care for ENP’s new family.

Journey to Freedom - Weekly Volunteer

Location: Chiang Mai province – Northern Thailand

Nearest Airport:- Chiang Mai (CNX)

Duration: One full week only. (Operates: All Year Round)

  • Volunteer program starts every Monday - from our Chiang Mai city office
  • Finishes each Sunday - back to Chiang Mai city by 5:30pm
  • Operates: All year round
  • Suitable for over 18 year olds with good fitness standard
  • Duration one week - Minimum stay 1 week
  • Cost 15,000 Baht per week (Full week only available - no early returns possible)

Journey to Freedom was created by Elephant Nature Park to allow elephants owned by the Karen tribal people to retire from trekking camps and return to living in their villages. The project enables the elephants to live a more natural life and restores the close connection that the Karen people traditionally have with their herd.

Surin Project

Location: Surin province – NE Thailand by Cambodian Border

Nearest Airport: - Buriram (BFV)

Duration: One to Eight Weeks


The Surin Project is a unique and innovative concept aimed at improving the living conditions of captive Asian elephants by providing economic sustainability for their owners through responsible volunteer tourism. We work alongside the Gwi community in the government run Surin Elephant Study Centre located in the village of Ban Tha Klang in the Surin Province in North East Thailand .

The Surin Project's main focus is to get some of the elephants in the study centre out into more natural surroundings where volunteers can walk alongside them and observe these magnificent creatures acting like elephants should be.

This offers the mahouts who own the elephants an alternative form of employment to elephant riding or elephant shows which are the main forms of income for many mahouts in the area to support their elephants and families.


Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia

Location: Siem Reap - 100 km North of City – Cambodia

Nearest Airport: - Siem Reap (REP)

Duration: one – eight weeks.

Save Elephant Foundation is working within the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary to protect and conserve 1 million acres of jungle habitat, approximately one hour north of Angkor Wat. The project spans 25,000 acres and aims to protect the land and all of the native species, flora and fauna, that call it home, including tigers, monkeys, buffalos, and of course, the Asian elephant.

Initially, this project will focus on tree planting and restoring the region's forest and combatting the illegal logging that has taken place. Other goals for the Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia are plant and wildlife identification, seed collecting, trail-making and educational outreach. Be a part of this project from its grass-roots!