Located in Northern Thailand, near Chiang Mai city, this project was formed in cooperation with a Lanna Thai family who has lived and worked with elephants for two generations. The family is glad for the opportunity to transition from elephant riding to a more evolved form of elephant tourism that provides a better life for the elephants, where they will be treated with the love and respect they deserve. The herd includes elephants who used to labor in the dangerous logging industry and were later used for elephant riding. By visiting this project you are making it possible for these elephants to enjoy a more natural, peaceful life.
The program is designed to be fun and educational for visitors and at the same time ensure a non-stressful environment for the elephants, giving them plenty of time to socialize and feed. As part of a small group, you’ll have the chance to dress in traditional Karen clothing and get to know the elephants while preparing food and feeding them, followed by a short forest walk to the river. After watching the elephants take a mud bath and play together — especially loved by young elephants — you will get to cool off while bathing them in the river. The day ends with a bamboo rafting trip down the river. This program is not physically demanding and is appropriate for families and people of all ages. The project helps to support the local community by buying elephant food from local farmers and employing people from the village.
Observe elephants interacting as a herd and witness the remarkable bonds between mother elephants and their young
Walk with Elephants
Feed the Elephants
Observe the Elephants
Number of Guests: 24
Number of Elephants: 6
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Easy
Age Suitability: All Ages
Adults & Children 12+: 2,500 Thai Baht
Children Aged 2-12: 1,250 Thai Baht
Family Friendly-All Ages
About Your Trip
Start: 8:00am – 8:45am pick up from your Chiang Mai city hotel, or from our office at 7:45am. If staying out of town (outside the middle ring-road) additional charges apply. Please advise on your reservation form.
Travel Time: Around 90 minutes (educational video about Asian elephants /safety video en route to project).
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: All ages – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Easy – leisurely walk.
Topography: Grassland, forest & river.
Location: Mae Wang, South of 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 / guesthouse.
Booking Details: Bookings close at 5pm (GMT+7) on the day before the date of your tour if made in person at our office or 24 hours in advance if 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 tour.
The owner of this project, Sri Thon, is the second generation in his family to work with and care for elephants. The Lanna Thai family has embraced the ‘Saddle Off’ program, retiring their elephants from elephant riding so that they can live a more natural existence together as a herd. The project opened in 2017 and the herd now includes mother elephants and their young who can stay together thanks to the evolution in elephant tourism. Since the project opened, the family has witnessed a change in the elephant’s behavior. They have become more relaxed and are relishing the opportunity to socialize as a herd, roam, forage and play together. The elephants at Elephant Freedom are now living a better life in an environment where they are well cared for and respected.