Highlights of Chiang Mai Elephant Adventure - 1 Day

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Spend time with Elephants + Hike to Waterfalls + Bamboo Raft + visit a Karen hill tribe Village

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Experience the best of Northern Thailand and escape the crowds with our boutique tour. Join us for a full day filled with swimming at waterfalls and befriending elephants in the jungle…

Learn how to take care of an Asian elephant: one on one time with your own elephant will let you get to know her personality. Take in some of Northern Thailand’s most beautiful landscapes on a hike with a local Karen guide. Visit a Karen, Hmong, or Lahu village and swim in a hidden waterfall. Bamboo raft down the Mae Wang River that winds through the hills of Northern Thailand. Feed all the elephants in the herd, bathe with a baby elephant, and hike with an elephant through the jungle. Finally, say goodbye to the elephants before heading back to the city, or enjoy refreshments and snacks at our riverside cafe.

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availability is limited so that each person can bond with their own elephant.

ITINERARY

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.  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! Most of the trek starting points are off mountain roads, some of which require 4WD for safety, so we will travel by truck if required.

Here is generally what to expect with this trip… 

Hike

  • We offer private custom tours: you can hike anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, depending on what you ask for. If you don't specify what you want, hikes are usually 2 to 3 hours, moderate in difficulty.

  • The day will start with trekking. Come prepared with your daypack ready with swimwear, a reusable water bottle, bug spray, a change of clothes, camera and trekking shoes. If you are bringing larger luggage, we will store it for you while you enjoy your day.


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Lunch

  • Play in the waterfall, explore and relax

  • Your guide will cook you a meal using fresh local ingredients over a fire

  • After lunch, you'll typically past through 1 or more Karen Hill Tribe village where your guide can tell you about local life

Bamboo rafting

  • A truck will take you to the bamboo rafting starting point a few minutes down the road

  • We suggest leaving your camera and anything you don't want to get wet in the truck, which will meet you after rafting

  • Depending on the time of year, the ride can have rapids or just be relaxing. It is about 1 hour and always lots of fun!

  Elephants

  • Don't be afraid to get wet when you bathe and play with our young elephants in the river. They love to play!

  • Spend the afternoon walking alongside these gentle giants, feeding them and bathing them in the river.

  • Learn how to take care of elephants from their knowledgable caretakers

Crave more outdoor action than a one day trip?  get off the beaten path and Experience a Karen homestay to create a unique 2 day trek.

What to BRING

  • Comfortable athletic clothing

  • Towel

  • Swimwear

  • Sandals with good grip / trekking shoes

  • Change of clean clothes

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Bug-spray

  • Sunscreen

  • Cash for buying drinks or handcrafts

Included

  • Lunch

  • One on one with your own elephant

  • Guides to translate and take photos for you

  • Transportation pick up 8:30 and drip off 17:00

  • Accident Insurance

  • Waterfall hike

  • Bamboo rafting

Not included

  • Beer, additional beverages and snacks

  • Optional tips for guides and or mahouts

DEPARTURE LOCATION

Any hotel in downtown Chiang Mai, or from the Three Kings Monument. A surplus transportation fee if your pick up location is a significant distance outside of downtown Chiang Mai.

Time

Coming from Chiang Mai: depart at ~8:30am, return at ~5-pm

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