This project was created in collaboration with a Thai village headman in Mae Taeng to provide a home for elephants rescued from elephant riding and performing in shows. Visitors to this project will spend time with a young female elephant and an older female elephant in natural surroundings.
Activities include preparing food and feeding the elephants, walking with the elephants in the forest, and watching them take a mud bath as well as bathing them in a pond. Your guide will be on hand throughout the day to impart interesting facts about the elephants and answer your questions.
Being part of a small group, you will have the chance to observe the elephants and gain some fascinating insights into elephant behavior. You will also have plenty of opportunities to capture photographs of the elephants interacting throughout the day.
Watch elephants playing happily in the mud and water together and take some wonderful photos
Walk with Elephants
Number of Guests: 8
Number of Elephants: 2
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Easy
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 – 8:30am minivan 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 and children over 7 – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Easy – leisurely walk.
Topography: Flatland, farmland, forest & pond.
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 tour.
The owner of this project, Dej Son-Ngai, is local to the area and has been around elephants much of his life. He used to work at elephant camps where he was troubled by the way that the elephants he saw were treated. He wanted to provide a home for elephants where they were well cared for and in November 2017, opened Elephant Heaven. This project is currently home to a young female elephant and her nanny who used to do elephant riding in Kanchanaburi. The elephants are now able to live a more natural life, where they can forage and play in the mud pit and bathe in the pond.