Elephant Nature Park
Elephant Nature Park
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Elephant Nature Park, a unique conservation project set in Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand has been in operation since in the 1990's with a goal to provide a sanctuary and elephant rescue center. We have been involved in dozens of rescues and sustain a natural home for this endangered species. Mission: To protect and conserve elephants in a natural environment and to provide a healthy and fruitful life for all those creatures under our care
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Oliver Barnes
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We did the overnight experience at Elephant Nature Park and it was the best thing we did in Thailand! We really wanted an ethical elephant sanctuary and this is 100% the best place to come for it. All the elephants in the park are all rescues from the tourism/entertainment or labour industries and are incredibly well looked after by the mahouts. There’s no touching or bathing and you just observe the elephants in the park. Our guides Air and Mos were amazing too and both really passionate about animal welfare. The cat kingdom and seeing all the dogs running around the park was really good too. We’ll definitely be coming back to volunteer here for the week!
Written June 1, 2024
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erinmargo
Brooklyn, NY61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This experience was meh. It was sweet to be able to be up close with these amazing creatures, but overall-the experience really wasn’t worth the time and money. I don’t have anything bad to say (except we were picked up late with no call or text to alert us to the drivers late arrival) - it’s just a long drive to get there, you basically just walk around a small part of the grounds, get close to and hear the stories of the elephants, return to the pavilion and eat lunch. Then wait around (maybe purchase merchandise from their shop) and drive back. Overall, if I had to do again, I’d pass or find a more interesting tour, if possible. This felt like a big business tourist attraction.
Written May 30, 2024
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Uriel A
Los Angeles, CA10 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Solo
I enjoyed my time at Elephant Nature Park. Compared to other sanctuaries, ENP seems to care for the well-being of all of its animals and goes out of their way to educate people about the horrors of animal tourism. I participated in the 1-week volunteer program, and I can honestly say it was the highlight of my trip.

I went during "burning season," which I didn't know ran between February and April every year. I nearly canceled my trip to Chiang Mai because I heard the air gets pretty bad, but I stuck to going after booking all my hotels/activities. The air on some days did look hazy but it wasn't unbearable. I think because I was surrounded by a wooded area, the air quality wasn't too bad compared to the city. Overall, it was a good time and got to eat vegan during my time at ENP.
Written May 30, 2024
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Joan S
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May 2024 • Family
We searched for an ethical place to see elephants and this was absolutely the right place to go. It is evident that the elephants’ well being is top priory. We had the best day and it exceeded all of our expectations. We got to prepare food for the elephants and feed them. We got to walk with them to the river. We were fed an amazing lunch with a spectacular view. After lunch we walked the elephants back and fed them bananas along the way. Bancha was our guide and he is the best. He took spectacular videos and pictures of our time with the elephants. They were professional quality and provide us with a lifetime of memories. I can’t recommend this place higher! And if you’re lucky you’ll get Bancha has your guide.
Written May 29, 2024
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Gabby S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I highly recommend Elephant Nature Park if you are looking to do an elephant sanctuary excursion in Chiang Mai. They are ethical in how they treat their animals, and take care of animals who are injured or need rehabilitation. We did the “Care for Elephants” tour and were able to closely interact with the elephants, walk with them and feed them. They also provided transportation to and from our hotel. It was such an amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. If I could only pick one thing to do in Chiang Mai, this would be it. Absolutely a once in a life time experience. Our tour guide Bancha was beyond incredible. He was so knowledgeable about the park and the animals, and was able to answer all of our questions, and speaks fluent English as well. The experience was already amazing but he took it completely to the next level. 10/10 must do!!!!
Written May 29, 2024
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Roam23635670681
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This place is the real deal when it comes to animal welfare. They are doing an amazing work with very high integrity.We did the overnight option, it was worth every cent.

Both of our guides, T on the first day and Mos on the second day were great, good English, knowledgeable, passionate, and caring.

The food, all vegan buffet, was delicious, plentiful, and huge selection. The accomodation was clean and comfortable.

However the biggest impact was spending quality time so close to the elephants, heart opening and positivity life changing.
Written May 28, 2024
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Jacx1970
Barnet, UK173 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
We were picked up from our hotel early and driven to the park, we had a stop off at a service station for a loo break. At the park we were taken to an area to meet our guide and given a precis of the day. He was so knowledgeable and gave us lots of information. We were taken to meet numerous elephants and told their stories, had photo opportunities and toured the park. Quick stop to visit the shop and loo and refill water as it was so hot. We had a great buffet lunch and then prepared lunch for the elephants and hand fed them water melon and rice balls. The final part was to walk with elephants to the river where they bathed with their mahouts. It was such a wonderful day and worth every penny. It was a dream for me to be so close to these majestic creatures and honoured to feed them even if it was messy! The park does such an amazing job in rescuing the elephants from poor environments and giving them the life and respect they deserve; sadly they would not survive in the wild so this life is their ideal to live peacefully and happy. We got back to our hotel about 4.30pm tired but buzzing, what an experience!
Written May 19, 2024
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Kadhir M
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May 2024 • Couples
The experience at elephant nature park was excellent, we highly recommend it. It started with a very convenient pick up from our hotel. We stopped half way to the park for a restroom break. We then carried on to the park, around an hour driving total with the last bit in some windy roads in the mountains. Once we arrived at the park, our guide gave us 20 minutes to use the restroom again and get some tea/coffee.

Then we proceeded to walk around the park, just observing the elephants as they went about their day. Our guide gave us lots of details about ethically caring for elephants, the back stories of some of the elephants we were observing, and more information about the 100s of other animals the park cares for. It was clear the park cares a lot about treating the animals in its care very well.

We ended the experience with an awesome lunch buffet and a ride back to our hotel. Highly recommend this experience, it was well thought through and free of random unnecessary additions with a focus on doing what’s best for the animals.
Written May 16, 2024
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Luca S
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great experience! First and foremost, this is probably the most ethical place to see the elephants. They are all rescued and you cannot interact much with them (you cannot feed, ride etc. As it should be). You are not interfering with their lives. The money paid for the tour goes to a great cause in helping them feed the elephants. They are very well cared for and have a lot of space. You can take great pictures with them!!
Written May 12, 2024
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Explore39188869360
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Out of the 3 countries and all the activities I did on my 3 week trip, this activity was by far THE best. I don’t even know where to begin about how great it was. Our tour guide was AMAZING! So funny and I love all the stories he told us and how he narrates for the elephants. Prepping the food and feeding them was an experience of a lifetime. We bonding so much with these animals. We watched them and later on got to see elephant babies and stuff. The buffet for lunch had the most amazing views I’ve ever seen. Everything about our guide and this activity was beyond anything I could have ever expected. I highly recommend this activity and especially THIS company we booked through.
Written May 11, 2024
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