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, the owners of the project are committed to a reforestation program intended to revitalize and preserve the elephant’s natural habitat. There is a plant nursery where the seedlings of indigenous tree species are nurtured and planted 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 ecotourism.
Take a walk in the forest with a small herd of elephants and help revitalize their habitat through our reforestation program
Walk with Elephants
Number of Guests: 12
Number of Elephants: 3
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Moderate
Age Suitability: Adults & Children 4+
Adults & Children 12+: 2,500 Thai Baht
Children Aged 4-12: 1,250 Thai Baht
Adults & Children 4+
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: Visit a plant nursery and help with reforestation efforts in the rainy season. Learn how to make a traditional Thai dessert.
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.
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.