Karen Elephant Project

1 Ratmakka Road, Phra Sing, Chiang Mai Thailand

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Karen Elephant Project - Single Day

Location: Chiang Mai province (Mae Wang Area - South-West of the city) – Northern Thailand

Nearest Airport: Chiang Mai (CNX) Duration: Full Day (This trip does not visit Elephant Nature Park)

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  • Bathing with Elephants
  • Elephant food preparation and Feeding
  • Short forest walk - Vegetarian lunch
  • Karen tribal hospitality
  • Suitable for all ages

The beautiful elephants retired from riding and shows, they are now living more natural life at their homeland, where they are surrounded by nature. They can socialize with each other and a forage variety fresh green leaves. This project supports the local community by allowing Karen weavers to sell their handmade textiles to visitors and buying food for the elephants and guests from local farmers.


  • Dress in traditional Karen clothing
  • Prepare fruits and vegetables for the elephants and feed them
  • Take a jungle walk with the elephants
  • Enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch
  • Prepare healthy treats for the elephants
  • Help plant food for the elephants in cool season
  • Bathe the elephants in the river
  • Watch the elephants take a mud bath and join the elephants in the mud pit
  • Feed the healthy balls to the elephants

About Your Trip

Start: 8:00am – 8:30am pick up from your Chiang Mai city hotel, or from our office at 7:40am. (Please check map)

If you are staying out of town (outside Middle ring-road)  additional charges apply. Please advise on your reservation form.

Travel Time: Around 90 minutes (educational video about Asian elephants / safety video en route to project).

Additional Details: Transfer from air-con minivan to 4WD pickup for the last 5 mins of the journey in the rainy season.

Return: Arrive back in Chiang Mai city 4:00pm – 4.30pm.

Baggage Allowance: One small day pack per person.

What to Bring: Hat, sunscreen, sandals/flip flops, change of clothing (as you may get muddy or wet), towel, walking shoes, camera & insect repellent, Refillable Water Bottle. Operational Months: All year round.

Age Suitability: All from children over 2 years old to retirees

Fitness Level: Moderate. Short walk along forest trails with some steep uphill sections.

Topography: Grassland, jungle, hills & river.

Extra Activities: Watch local women weaving traditional Karen textiles.

Location: Mae Wang, South of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

What is Included: Water, Lunch (vegetarian buffet), transport and English speaking guide

Transportation: Included from Chiang Mai city to / from project, admission fees, project guides

Bookings close: 2 pm (GMT+7), on the day before you are due to visit. Full payment is required to secure your place(s).

Trip costs: (per person)

Adult Rate: 2,500 Baht (12 years old)

Child Rate: 1,250 Baht (2 - 11 yrs)

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