Elephant Freedom 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 away from elephant riding to a more evolved form of elephant tourism that provides a better life for the elephants. The herd includes adult elephants who used to labor in the 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 walk along the banks of river and in the forest. After watching the elephants take a mud bath and play together, you will get to cool off while bathing them in the river.
This ethical elephant tour is not physically demanding and is appropriate for families with children. This project also helps to support the local community by buying elephant food from nearby farmers and employing people from the local village.
Observe elephants interacting as a herd and witness the remarkable bonds between a mother elephant and her young
Walk with Elephants
Feed the Elephants
Observe the Elephants
Number of Guests: 6
Number of Elephants: 4
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Easy
Age Suitability: Adults & Children 4+
Adults & Children 12+: 2,500 Thai Baht
Children Aged 2-12: 1,250 Thai Baht
Adults & Children 4+
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: Adults & children over 4 years old – 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 5pm on the day before your tour or by cash to the tour guide when they collect you from your hotel.
Support the Herd at Elephant Freedom
The coronavirus has caused severe challenges around the world and has placed extreme limitations on travel. As a result, Elephant Freedom has been closed since March 2029. We are doing the best that we can to care for the elephants at our project, but need your support. We understand that this is a difficult time for many people around the world and offer our heartfelt sympathy. If you are in a position to help buy food for our elephants, any gift would be greatly appreciated - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 a mother elephant and her 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.