Discover the Amazing World of Elephants
Join one of our ethical elephant tours as part of a small group for an unforgettable, intimate adventure observing elephants living in sanctuary throughout Thailand and in Cambodia. Watch elephants socialize, play, and forage amid beautiful natural surroundings – freed from elephant riding, performing tricks, and other unnatural behavior. More than 25 independent projects are now providing a better life for these gentle giants.
We offer a variety of elephant tours suitable for all ages and fitness levels, from challenging mountain jungle hikes with the elephants and whitewater rafting to scenic forest walks at a relaxed pace, watching the elephants forage along the way. The geographical locations of the various projects include mountains, jungles, and plains, which transform throughout the seasons. Most tours have between 3 to 7 elephants and limit guests to 3 or 4 people per elephant. All of our projects share a commitment to the well-being of the elephants and provide visitors with a safe and rewarding experience.
Available projects include full and half day tours as well as one week volunteering. Our trips include local transportation, meals, qualified tour guides, and rafting where available.
Be Part of the Solution
By joining our projects you are helping to reshape expectations of what visitors to Southeast Asia consider desirable when it comes to elephant tourism. Your choice confirms that there are many people who want to observe elephants doing what comes naturally, without fear of punishment.
Elephants are intelligent, social, empathic beings deserving of our respect, care, and admiration. Already, more than 80 elephants are enjoying a healthier, happier, more natural life, thanks to responsible, eco-conscious travelers choosing Asian Elephant Projects. Check Availability and View Projects to find the right adventure for you.
Our model is based on ensuring the well-being of the elephants. All projects undergo an approval process and follow guidelines designed to improve the quality of the elephant’s lives, which includes freeing them from the burden of elephant riding. Read more…
Walk with Elephants in Nature
Walk side by side with elephants along scenic jungle trails, forests, and mountains at a relaxed pace, stopping from time to time while they snack on native foliage. You may notice how quietly the elephants move through the forest as they amble along, especially given their size. When passing by trees with their favorite bark or a thick bamboo grove, you will likely get to witness the versatility and strength of their amazing trunks.
Prepare Treats & Feed the Elephants
As you can imagine, elephants eat a lot and a healthy diet comprises a wide variety of plants, including grasses, shrubs, bamboo, jungle leaves, tree bark, sugarcane, pumpkin, and of course bananas. Preparing and feeding the elephants their favorite foods will be most appreciated! It’s quite a thrill to have an elephant pluck food from your hand with their trunk.
Bathe the Elephants
Elephants are very at home in the water and are excellent swimmers. Surprisingly, their large bodies float easily and they enjoy splashing about together and dunking each other, using their trunks as snorkels, to drink, and create fountains. Young elephants in particular love to play in the water, and will often try to climb onto the backs of other elephants, and then fall back into the river.
Watch the Elephants Play in the Mud
Mud baths are one of the all-time favorite activities of elephants. They love to roll around in the mud giving themselves and each other a full body mask as it cools and nourishes their skin, protecting it from insects and the sun. Their antics in the mud pools, sometimes flinging mud high into the air in giant swirls with their trunks, makes for some great photo opportunities.
Karen Elephant Oasis is home to two beautiful female elephants, Mae Bubae and Mae Por - now relishing their new life where they are free to roam, play, and forage in the jungle. Guests are treated to a meaningful experience as part of a small group in spectacular surroundings as they walk with the elephants under an impressive jungle canopy leading to a stunning cascading stream.