Full day or half a day at an elephant sanctuary where you can really appreciate these magnificent animals by taking them to bathe in a river. Gallery


Full Day Day Elephant Care in Mae Wang, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai : Elephant Care by Chiang Mai Native Village Gallery

Activities by : Chiang Mai Native Village Tour

Activity Information :

Full Day trip:

  • Learn about how to care for elephants and their way of life. 
  • Bathe and give elephants a mud bath.
  • Feed elephants.
  • Play with elephants.
  • Jungle trekking.


Spend a full day at a local, ethical elephant sanctuary where you can really get appreciate these magnificent animals first hand. Interact with them, play with them, feed and bathe them while learning about elephant care and conservation. 

The elephants are not trained to give rides, and the sanctuary takes a stand against riding elephants through forests with tourists on it's back. They do not force elephants to work or perform, but rather keep the animal in control by letting it choose what it wants to do. As a result, some trips may see a bath first followed by feeding wihile another may not see a bath at all! 

The sancturay's wish is to connect tourists to wildlife and hope that they support and contribute to the rehabilitation of the Thai elephant.

If you are pushed for time, why not do just half a day - leave a little earlier and return by early afternoon. Click here for more information.

At Chiang Mai Native Village we are taking care of our elephants. That is why we support and believe in Ethical Animal Tourism. Therefore we do not use hooks and no one rides our elephants. Instead our visitors are having fun by feeding, interacting, trekking and playing with our elephants.

At the elephant camp we have 4 happy elephants and cute babies. They are like a family to us, they like a walk in the forest,  play in the mud an refresh themselves in the river with our visitors.

Duration :

  • Running Schedule: Full day Trip
  • Duration: Half Day
  • Type: Joint group
  • Departure Point: VIP transportation (Round trip hotel transfers within 5km radius of Chiang Mai old town)

Itinerary :

6.5 hours total

08:30 a.m.

Morning pick-up at your hotel. Drive about one and a half hours south of Chiang Mai through some spectacular landscapes before arriving at the elephant sanctuary.

10:40 a.m.

Arrive at the elephant camp for an introduction about the life and stories of the elephants. Interact, feed and play with the elephants in their natural sanctuary. Bathe and brush the elephants in the river and play as you learn more about the animal and their conservation.

12:00 p.m.

Enjoy a Thai lunch and fresh fruits.

01:00 p.m.

Take the elephants to the mud spa and scrub their body. Bathe and brush the elephants in the river.

03:00 p.m.

Leave the elephant camp and return to Chiang Mai at around 5pm.

Included :

  • Transportation (round trip transfer to Chiang Mai)
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Tour guide 
  • Insurance

Remark : This program is suitable for all ages

About Location :

About Activities Host :

Chiang Mai Native Village started in October 2016 as a response to the high demand and positive feedback we received from visitors of our native Karen village who initially came to see elephants in their natural habitat. Therefore we believed that it would be beneficial for both the local Karen people in our village and visitors interested in authentic cultural experiences to create an opportunity to get together in an informal and natural setting to exchange culture and experiences. We also aim to provide work for young people in our village, so they do not need to travel to the city to find work. Having few marketable skills and education, this often exposes them to exploitation. By visiting our village and booking our tours you support our relatives (everyone in our village is basically related) to find a local work in the village and you contribute in preserving the life and native culture of the local people of the Karen village. The local people can help with hosting homestays, selling goods, cooking and guiding trekking tours in the nature and mountains beside of their daily work of farming. In this way the local people can receive an extra income to take care of their families.