This project was created to provide a home in nature for elephants rescued from elephant riding and performing in shows. Visitors to this project will spend time with a young female elephant and her nanny who have developed a very close bond since coming together. These two gentle natured elephants are never far apart, and observing their relationship is a beautiful experience. Young elephants are particularly curious of visitors and enjoy some interaction.
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 in an intimate setting and gain some fascinating insights into elephant behavior. You will also have plenty of opportunities to get some great 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: 12
Number of Elephants: 3
Tour Type: Full Day Visit
Fitness Level: Easy
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. If staying out of town (outside the middle ring-road) additional charges apply. Please advise on your reservation form.
Travel Time: Around 90 minutes (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.
Facilities: Lunch area, lookout hut, lockers, bathrooms, showers, wash basins, gift shop, filtered water cooler, tea & coffee.
Items Provided: Traditional shirts & pants, wide brim hats, boots & ponchos in the rainy season, towels, soap, shampoo & herbal foot spa.
Operational Months: All year round.
Age Suitability: Adults and children over 4 – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Easy – leisurely walk through the fields and surrounding forest.
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.
Elephant Heaven Foot Spa
At the end of your day with the elephants guests can enjoy a herbal foot spa. Pamper your feet by dipping them into a warm bath of healing mineral salts and fragrant oils including lavender, rosemary, peppermint and turmeric to soften calluses, stimulate circulation and sooth sore feet.
How Elephant Heaven is eco friendly & sustainable
The owner of this project, Fon, is local to the area and has been around elephants much of her life. She used to work at elephant camps where she was troubled by the way that the elephants were treated. She wanted to provide a home for elephants where they were well cared for and in late 2017, opened Elephant Heaven. This project is home to two older female elephants who used to do elephant riding and has now become the nanny of a younger elephant who used to perform. The elephants have formed a close bond and are now able to live a more natural life, where they can walk together in the forest, stopping to forage on native plants, as well as play together in the mud pit and bathe in the natural pond.