Elephant Green Hill
Elephant Green Hill
Elephant Green Hill
Elephant Green Hill
Elephant Green Hill
Elephant Green Hill


Support the Herd at Elephant Green Hill

The Covid-19 coronavirus has caused severe challenges around the world and has placed extreme limitations on travel. As a result, Elephant Green Hill has been temporarily closed. We are doing the very best that we can to properly 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 support our herd, any gift would be greatly appreciated to buy food for the elephants.

This exciting ethical elephant tour near Chiang Mai is surrounded by forested hills and provides a home to a small herd of rescued elephants.  As well as offering a better life for the elephants, this project has a reforestation program planting a variety of tree species on the hillside in the rainy season.

After changing into traditional handmade clothing, prepare fruit and vegetables and get to know the elephants a little while feeding them. Afterward, visit the plant nursery and help out by planting seeds, and in the rainy season, plant saplings in the surrounding forest. Next, join the elephants for a walk along hillside jungle trails, stopping to watch them interact and forage on native plants along the way. Back at the project, the group will be served a vegetarian buffet lunch and later be shown how to make health balls for the elephants using bananas, rice husks, tamarind, salt and traditional medicinal plants. Other activities include watching the elephants take a mud bath and bathing them in the nearby natural pool.

Visitors to this project are helping to provide a better life for elephants retired from a difficult life of logging and elephant riding as well as supporting reforestation efforts and sustainable eco-tourism.

Take a walk in the forest with a small herd of elephants and help revitalize their  habitat through our reforestation program

Walk with Elephants


Feed Elephants

Observe the Elephants

Observe Elephants


Elephant Bathing


  • Change into traditional handmade clothes
  • Prepare food for the elephants & feed them
  • Walk with the elephants along hillside jungle trails
  • Enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch
  • Make health balls for the elephants
  • Watch the elephants take a mud bath
  • Bathe the elephants in a natural pool
  • Feed the health balls to the elephants
  • Plant saplings in the rainy season
  • Learn how to make traditional Thai desserts

Tour Details

Number of Guests: 12
Number of Elephants: 3
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Moderate
Age Suitability: Adults & Children 4+

What's Included

  • Transportation from Chiang Mai city to and from project
  • Freshly prepared vegetarian buffet lunch
  • Admission fee
  • Qualified English speaking tour guide

Tour Price

Adults & Children 12+: 2,500 Thai Baht
Children Aged 4-12: 1,250 Thai Baht

Adults Children 4+

Adults & Children 4+




Buffet Lunch



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 & talk 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, walking shoes, change of clothing (as you may get muddy or wet), towel, camera & insect repellent.
Facilities: Lunch area, viewing platform, gift shop, recycling bins, bathrooms, showers, lockers, water dispenser, coffee & tea.
Items Provided: Traditional shirt and pants, hats, boots & ponchos in the rainy season, towels, soap & shampoo.
Age Suitability: Adults & children over 4 – guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Moderate – walk with the elephants through the forest for about an hour, watching them forage along the way. The path can be muddy and slippery in the rainy season and some sections are quite steep.
Topography: Grassland, forest, hills, stream & natural pond.
Extra Activities: Learn how to make a traditional Thai dessert. Help with reforestation efforts in the rainy season. 
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 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 visit to Elephant Green Hill.

Ethical Elephant Tours
This is a small Saddle Off project with a limited number of guests. Our model is based on ensuring the well-being of the elephants, which means no riding or other unnatural activities.


Project Background

Elephant Green Hill was established in late 2018 and is home to a small herd of elephants. The project is owned and managed by brothers, Jack & Ad and their wives, Paow & Oi. They heard about Lek and visited Elephant Nature Park seeking to learn more about elephant tourism based on our 'Saddle Off' model. This provided the inspiration to set up Elephant Green Hill with Lek’s assistance. The project now provides a caring home to a small group of elephants, including two females who in the past used to do logging and later elephant riding. An important part of this project is their reforestation program, which grows plants important to elephant’s health and repopulates the surrounding hillsides with other species of trees. They currently grow an abundance of grass on their land and also plan to expand a banana plantation to help provide for the elephants.


How Elephant Green Hill is eco friendly & sustainable

  • Family grows food for the elephants including tall grass, bananas and bamboo groves.
  • All crops grown organically – no chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used.
  • Purchase sugarcane, corn stalks, additional bananas and grass from local farmers for the elephants
  • Reforestation program invites guests to plant seeds in the nursery in the dry season and saplings in the forest during the rainy season, repopulating the area with native spices of large tree species, including mountain ebony.
  • Elephant dung is mixed with food scraps and leaves to compost and then used to fertilize the trees and gardens.
  • Rubbish is recycled with multiple bamboo bins for separating rubbish into glass, plastics, organic materials, etc.
  • Leftover food is given to the mahouts and food scraps to the dogs so nothing is wasted.
  • Project structures incorporate natural materials including bamboo, farmed wood, and leaf roofing. Recently a lookout platform was built from bamboo to observe the elephants foraging by the pond.
  • Provides a water dispenser - guests are offered one plastic water bottle which they can then refill and there are also higher quality refillable water bottles available for purchase.

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