Discover the Amazing
World of Elephants
Discover the Amazing
World of Elephants
Discover the Amazing
World of Elephants
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World of Elephants
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Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Experience the wonder of being in the presence of elephants in nature at ethical elephant sanctuary projects around Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, supported by Asian Elephant Projects. Join a small group for a day trip at one of our ethical elephant sanctuaries to witness rescued elephants living freely in their natural habitat – foraging in the forest, interacting with each other, playing in the mud and swimming in the river – freed from the burden of elephant riding, performances, and other unnatural behavior. We support independent elephant projects that have adopted ethical practices for the well-being of the elephants under their care and are providing a better life for these gentle giants through responsible elephant tourism.

Join us in supporting the well-being of these magnificent animals by embarking on an unforgettable, intimate adventure with rescued elephants in nature.

Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Projects - Single Day Tours

Mae Taeng – North of Chiang Mai

Elephant Sanctuary Sunshine for Elephants

Sunshine for Elephants

Experience an amazing jungle walk with the elephants & enjoy lunch in a bungalow in the forest

Elephant Sanctuary Majestic Elephant Project

Majestic Elephant Project

Watch the elephants swim in the river and later embark on a white water rafting adventure

Mae Wang – South of Chiang Mai

Elephant Sanctuary Karen Elephant Serenity

Karen Elephant Serenity

Spend time with friendly elephants observing them playing in the mud & foraging in nature

Elephant Sanctuary Karen Elephant Home

Karen Elephant Home

Observe the incredible bond between bull elephant brothers living naturally & learn about Karen culture

Be Part of the Solution

By visiting one of our ethical elephant sanctuaries you are supporting a kinder form of elephant tourism, where the focus is on observing the elephants doing what comes naturally. Elephants are intelligent, social, empathic beings deserving of our respect, care, and admiration. Our Saddle Off projects are home to over 20 elephants,  now enjoying a healthier, happier, more natural life, thanks to responsible, eco-conscious travelers choosing Asian Elephant Projects. Check Availability and Search Projects to find the right adventure for you.

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Saddle Off

The elephants at the projects we support are not ridden and do not perform in shows.

Observing Elephants


Watch elephants interacting, foraging, communicating, and playing together.

Respect Elephants


Support ethical elephant tourism and help to provide a better life for Asian elephants.

Volunteer with Elephants

Spend an Amazing Day with Elephants in Nature

at one of our Ethical Elephant Projects
Elephant Sanctuary Chiang Mai Thailand
Elephant Sanctuary Care for Elephants
Elephant Sanctuary Laos Rescued Elephants
Elephant Sanctuary Sunshine for Elephants

Our model is based on ensuring the well-being of the elephants. All ethical elephant projects follow guidelines designed to improve the quality of the lives of the elephants – freeing them from elephant riding and allowing them to live more naturally. Read more…

Journey to Freedom
Elephant Sanctuary Majestic Elephant Project

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Asian Elephant Projects Elephant Sanctuary
Elephant Sanctuary Walk with Elephants

Walk with Elephants in Nature

Walk alongside elephants through lush jungles and scenic trails as they navigate their natural habitat with ease, foraging on native plants and showcasing their remarkable strength and intelligence. Experience the bond between elephants as they communicate and interact affectionately and gain fascinating insights into the nature of these remarkable animals.

Prepare Food & Feed Elephants

Asian elephants have hearty appetites, munching through over 200 kg of food daily. From grasses and bamboo to fruits and vegetables like watermelon, bananas, pumpkin and corn these gentle giants enjoy a diverse diet. Join us in preparing food for them, including health balls filled with medicinal herbs, and enjoy the thrill of having them pluck food from your hand with their amazing trunks.

Elephant Sanctuary Feed Elephants
Elephant Sanctuary Elephants River
Elephant Bathing

Experience the joy of elephant’s bathing and drinking! Elephants are natural swimmers, effortlessly floating in the water and enjoying each other’s company. As they cool off in the river, watch them submerge themselves and use their trunks as snorkels. Some older elephants may prefer to stand in the water, taking sips by sucking water into their trunks and squirting it into their mouths.

Watch the Elephants Play in the Mud

Witness the elephants’ playful mud sessions! Mud baths are an all-time favorite among these gentle giants. Watch as they joyfully roll around, coating themselves in a cooling, nourishing mask. Not only does it protect their skin from insects and the sun, but it appears to be a lot of fun. Capture unforgettable moments as they fling mud into the air with their trunks creating giant swirls.

Elephant Sanctuary Mud Bath

Reviews of Saddle Off Projects

Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary
Elephant Sanctuary Karen Elephant Home
Elephant Volunteer Journey to Freedom
Elephant Sanctuary Laos Rescued Elephants
Elephant Sanctuary Thailand
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