Located in the verdant hills of Northern Thailand, this elephant home offers the perfect chance to experience being with elephants as part of a small group in a beautiful natural setting. The three elephants at this project are retired from logging and elephant riding and are now enjoying a more natural existence with time to forage and socialize.
Arriving at the project accompanied by an English speaking tour guide, you will have a chance to change into traditional Lanna clothing and get to know the elephants a little while feeding them fruit and vegetables. Shortly after, join the elephants for a walk that leads back to the project where you will be shown how to prepare a medicinal vine to scrub the elephants while bathing them.
After a vegetarian buffet lunch, prepare rice balls combined with bananas, tamarind, rice husks, and salt and offer them to the elephants who will gladly pluck them from your hand with their marvelous trunks. As the day grows warmer, take a walk to the river with the elephants where you can bathe and scrub them, watch them play together, and observe them grazing on the grassy river bank. At the end of the day, cross the river in a bamboo raft, where your minivan and driver will be waiting for you to return you to Chiang Mai.
Your support of ethical elephant tourism helps to provide a place of trust where elephants can heal, lose their fear, and recover their natural instincts.
Spend a magical day with elephants in nature – walking with them and bathing them in the Mae Taeng River
Walk with Elephants
Feed the Elephants
Observe the Elephants
Number of Guests: 12
Number of Elephants: 3
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Moderate
Age Suitability: Adults & Children 7+
Adults & Children 12+: 2,500 Thai Baht
Children Aged 7-12: 1,250 Thai Baht
Adults & Children 7+
About Your Trip
Start: 8:00am – 8:45am minivan pick up from your Chiang Mai city hotel, or from our office at 7:45am. Please advise on your reservation form if staying out of town as additional charges may apply.
Travel Time: Around 90 minutes (educational video about Asian elephants / safety video en route to project).
Travel Details: Transfer from minivan to 4WD pickup for the last 10 minutes of your journey to the project in the rainy season.
Return: Arrive back in Chiang Mai city 4:00pm – 4:30pm.
Baggage Allowance: One small day pack per person.
What to Bring: Hat, sunscreen, sandals/flip flops, change of clothing (as you may get muddy or wet), towel, walking shoes, camera & insect repellent.
Operational Months: All year round.
Age Suitability: Adults & children over 7 – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Moderate – flat ground with some hillside slopes that become muddy in the rainy season / bamboo rafting across the river depending on conditions.
Topography: Grassland, river, forest & orchards.
Location: Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.
Nearest Airport: Chiang Mai (CNX) – we recommend you stay in Chiang Mai city the night before your visit. Please note that we cannot collect you from Chiang Mai Airport – only from your Chiang Mai city hotel or guesthouse.
Booking Details: Bookings close at 5pm (GMT+7) on the day before the date of your tour, or 24 hours in advance if booking online. When booking online, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking. The balance should be paid at our Chiang Mai office by 8pm on the day before your visit to Elephant Delight.
The owner of Elephant Delight, Yo, is the second generation in her family to work with and care for elephants. In the past, her father used to run an elephant trekking camp, and before joining our ‘Saddle Off’ program, Yo operated an elephant camp that offered elephant riding. As time passed, she became concerned that her elephants were tired, stressed, and not getting enough time to eat, which was affecting their health. Since opening Elephant Delight, the elephants have become more relaxed and have gained weight. Yo is happy to see the elephants socialize as a herd and have the chance to roam and forage. This project is a family run affair and together they work to make sure visitors have an enjoyable day, while providing a better life for the elephants. They grow and cut grass from nearby fields to feed the elephants as well as buy fruit and vegetables from the local market. During the low season, on days with no visitors, the elephants wander the hillside jungle, grazing on native plants.