This elephant sanctuary, set high in the picturesque mountains near Chiang Mai, boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Northern Thailand. It is home to four beautiful elephants rescued from riding and performing in shows in Kanchanaburi, along with many other rescued animals, including dogs, pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, and rabbits. The animals living at Elephant Highlands are treated humanely and with love.
Accompanied by an experienced tour guide, cut fruit and vegetables and get to know the elephants while feeding them. Next, take a leisurely 1 ½ hour walk with the elephants along scenic mountain paths, handing them cucumbers and seasonal fruits along the way. While the elephants graze nearby, enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch before heading to the mud pit to watch the elephants play together. One of the highlights of this trip is walking to the top of a grassy hill to observe the elephants grazing against a backdrop offering spectacular mountain views – a good chance to capture some dramatic photographs. The tour ends with bathing the elephants in a large pool and then making banana-rice-tamarind balls to feed the appreciative elephants before saying goodbye.
At Elephant Highlands there is an ongoing effort to protect the local environment and in the rainy season, guests are invited to plant saplings to help reforest the area. The elephants in this program have the freedom to wander the mountains during the day – foraging and socializing with limited human interaction. Observing elephants in such a beautiful, relaxed environment is an intimate and meaningful experience that will stay with you forever.
Take in spectacular mountain views while watching the elephants graze and interact freely with each other
- Greeting and introductions
- Cut fruit and vegetable and feed the elephants
- Mountainside walk with the elephants while feeding them
- Enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch overlooking the valley
- Elephant mud bath
- Bathe the elephants in their custom-built pool
- Prepare banana-tamarind-rice balls and feed the elephants
Number of Guests: 10
Number of Elephants: 4
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Moderate
Age Suitability: Adults & Children 7+
- Transportation from Chiang Mai city to and from project
- Freshly prepared vegetarian buffet lunch
- Admission fee
- Qualified English speaking tour guide
Adults & Children 12+: 6,000 Thai Baht
Children 7-12: 3,000 Thai Baht