Elephant Rescue National Park is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project located in Doi Inthanon National Park area, Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is a cooperative between members of the Karen hill-tribes who are elephant care takers and Chiang Mai locals who work with tribal people and elephants for many years and concern about elephant's health and quality of life.Use our Chiang Mai trip planner to arrange your visit to Elephant Rescue Park and other attractions in Chiang Mai.
At Elephant Rescue National Park, the income from visits, volunteers and donations is used for elephant rescue, food, veterinary care and also management which are lunch, transportation, maintenance and staffs.
We work hard to balance between offering the worthy experience to visitors and sharing love to the elephants for good health, freedom and happiness they truly deserve.
Elephant Rescue Park Reviews
You drive an hour outside of Chiang Main to visit Elephant Rescue Park! Once there you get changed into a uniform, get to feed the 6 elephants, walk with them and finally swim with them. Of course the... more »
This experience was one of the best of my life. I knew elephants were big but being able to see and touch of of these magnificent creatures up close was surreal. I went solo and can say that the eleph... more »
Elephant Rescue Park provided my wife and I with memories we will have forever. We were nervous about booking and did a lot of research because we wanted to support people who genuinely cared for the elephants. Our two day program was outstanding. We interacted in genuine fashion with the elephants: feeding, brushing, bathing and tending to a recent rescue, recovering from her injuries. Bring a camera and changes of underwear and socks, you won't want to miss the joy of bathing the elephants. Uniforms, sun hats and boots are provided for each day you're there. And be ready to learn everything you always wanted to know about elephants, as well as about the sad lives many are leading. I can honestly say that Kid, Andy, Woods, and Tony, the English speakers I interacted with over our two days, are deeply committed to the well-being of their elephants. We were part of a group of 5 in the overnight program. 5 of us, 6 elephants, we had so much special time with them. One of the things I never read in other reviews is what I observed about the mahouts, the caregivers for the elephants. Each elephant has his own mahout, and each pair are deeply connected. When they walk together, it was beautiful to watch the elephants reach out with their trunk so they can hold their man's hand. Kid, the "Father" of the rescue camp, has hired each of his Mahouts from some sort of difficult background, and, as much as these men give to the elephants, I suspect that the elephants have made an even greater impact on their lives, not only providing them with employment, but giving them a sense of value and purpose. There are other good and moral companies out there I know, but for us, the chance to be part of a small group experience like this was the best choice. I highly recommend this company, especially if you have time to take the overnight option.
Fantastic day i spent here. Everything was such amazing experience and would recommend to any one who visit Chiang Mai, to book and see the elephants. Everyone at the rescue park do such a fantastic job for the elephants. The guides were very interactive and gave the group good knowledge and interesting facts about the elephants also they had a good laugh with the group and some of the elephants keepers had a wacky but enjoyable nature to them who also interacted with the group as well as look after their elephants. Well done all and keep up the good work as you all made today special for me.
Places to stay near Elephant Rescue Park
Plan your trip to Chiang Mai
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Chiang Mai
View all >©©©
Duration: 1h 30min
Hidden gems in Chiang Mai
View all >
Nearby attractions in Chiang Mai
Plans to Elephant Rescue Park by other users
60 days in Southeast Asia BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 55 days in Thailand & Palawan Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Cambodia & Chiang Mai BY A USER FROM CANADA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Cambodia & Chiang Mai BY A USER FROM CANADA March, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 29 days in Cambodia & Chiang Mai BY A USER FROM CANADA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium