Elephant Rescue, Karen Homestay, & Waterfall Trek - 2 Days
Get off the beaten path with Chai Lai Sisters Elephant rescue and Mountain Homestay
DAy 1: Jungle Hike + waterfalls + rescued elephants + Karen mountain homestaY
Day 2: Elephant Caretaker experience + waterfalls + Trekking + Bamboo rafting + Karen hill tribe village + Baby elephants
All Inclusive 2 days, 1 night - Only 4900 thb per person
This was voted as the most eye-opening, authentic experience by past guests. In addition to playing with and learning to care for beautiful elephants, you will experience jungle life the Karen way! Miles away from the bustling city and tourist traps, you’ll trek to Karen hill-tribe village, swim at waterfalls, enjoy traditional food cooked in the jungle, bamboo raft down a river, and sleep in a Karen style hut.
- Walk with elephants through their natural habitat
- Feed the elephants
- Enjoy a lunch of delicious locally sourced foods
- Learn how to approach and talk to elephants
- Watch elephants bathe in the river
- Visit and bathe baby elephants
- Transport to Karen hill tribe homestay
- Eat a home-cooked Karen meal
- Sleep in traditional homestay bamboo hut
- Go trekking through lush mountain jungle
- Eat lunch at a hidden jungle waterfall
- Enjoy and bathe in the waterfall
- Transport to a local Karen hill tribe village
- Bamboo raft down the river
- Say good bye to elephants one last time
- Transport back to Chiang Mai
Your hotel in the old city of Chiang Mai or at Three Kings Monument
Approximately 8:00 AM
Approximately 6:00 PM (following day)
This trip is well organized but relaxed. In order to give you the best experience and maximum time doing your preferred activities, there's not a set schedule. For example, if it is raining on the day you start we might switch the days so that you have a better chance to hike when it's not raining. This is a small private tour, not a big group of tourists, so we are flexible to accommodate a different order should you want to spend more time in an activity or change your schedule. The day may feel less structured than what you're used to but rest assured, you'll get a chance to experience everything offered in the tour! See photos from past guests here.
We offer private custom tours, so you can hike anywhere from 1 to 4 hours depending on what you request. If you don't specify what you want, hikes are usually 3 hours and moderate in difficulty. All hikes include finding hidden jungle waterfalls where you can play, explore, and relax.
Traditional Bamboo rafting
The pace of a rafting trip depends on the height of the water. In the rainy season, the water is swift and you will see some rapids. In the dry season, the river is clear and relaxing. If you are lucky you can see Kingfisher birds and even elephants coming down to the river to drink. The ride takes roughly one hour.
We suggest leaving your camera and anything you don't want to get wet in the truck, which will meet you at Chai Lai Orchid cafe.
Day With Elephants
Spend a day with beautiful Asian elephants. You’ll learn how to be an elephant caretaker. Get to know the elephants, learn how to approach them and feed them fruit and sugar cane. By participating in this program you are helping create funds to care for the elephants, retire and rescue elephants, providing them with income so they don't need to perform tricks or do dangerous work. Learn more about how you can help rescue elephants in Thailand.
Experience jungle living the Karen way! Enjoy traditional locally-sourced food cooked in the jungle in a simple bamboo or wood hut. You can help your host's Nukul and Nui prepare and cook, or explore the beautiful river and waterfall. Here you will be free from the buzz of television and wifi. Some huts only have limited solar power. Not for everyone, but definitely a unique experience for the true traveler. You can choose a village homestay or stay at our jungle eco-lodge. Here are photos of some of the accommodations.
WHAT TO BRING
Comfortable athletic clothing, athletic shoes with good grip, overnight wear, toiletries, changes of clothes, warm clothes for winter nights (Nov-Jan it gets down to the 40s at night) bug spray, sunscreen, flashlight, bathing suit, fully charged devices and or extra batteries, cash for personal expenses.
Good Karma! Your purchase of an elephant experience with our organization helps to create a safe and permanent sanctuary for them.
Local Indigenous tour guides & trained elephant caretakers
Water and meals (cooked on site and made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients that support the farmers)
Accommodation (private cabin)
Alcohol & additional optional gratuities