Karen Elephant Reserve
Karen Elephant Reserve
Karen Elephant Reserve
Karen Elephant Reserve
Karen Elephant Reserve
Karen Elephant Reserve
Karen Elephant Reserve


This elephant tour near Chiang Mai was established in July 2018. The project is run by a Karen family and provides a home in stunning natural surroundings to an elephant family, including a mother, her baby and older daughter. These elephants now enjoy living in a small herd and share the responsibility of caring for the baby while wandering in the jungle, foraging, and playing in the cascading stream that winds its way through the valley.

As part of a small group, you will have the opportunity to dress in traditional Karen clothing and feed the elephants, before embarking on a 1 hour hike with the elephants through the jungle along mountain trails. Following your walk, cool off in a tiered stream with the elephants and watch them frolic in the water together. After their swim, the elephants often like to play in the mud or give themselves a dust bath.

For guests joining the morning program, a vegetarian buffet lunch is served by a truly picturesque waterfall where you’ll also have another chance for a dip in the cool mountain fresh water. This project offers guests the special experience of witnessing the incredible bond between a mother elephant and her young

Enjoy an intimate experience with elephants , observing them playing together in a picturesque stream and caring for a baby elephant


Walk with Elephants


Feed Elephants

Observe Elephants


Elephant Bathing


  • Dress in traditional Karen clothing
  • Get to know the elephants while feeding them fruit and vegetables
  • Take a jungle hike with the elephants & observe them foraging on native plants
  • Cool off in the stream, bathe the elephants, and watch them play together
  • Watch the elephants play in the mud / take a dust bath
  • Enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch by a beautiful waterfall
  • Take a dip in the stunning waterfall

Tour Details

Number of Guests: 12
Number of Elephants: 3
Tour Type: Half Day Morning Visit
Fitness Level: Moderate
Age Suitability: Adults & Children 7+

What's Included (Half Day - Morning)

  • 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+: 2,000 Thai Baht
Children Aged 7-12: 1,000 Thai Baht

Adults & Children 7+




Lunch / Snacks



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About Your Trip (Half Day - Morning)

Start: 7:30am – 8:00am minivan pick up from your Chiang Mai city hotel, or from our office at 7:20am. 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 talk en route to project).
Travel Details: Transfer from an air-con minivan to a 4WD pickup for the last 10 minutes of your journey to the project.
Return: Arrive back in Chiang Mai city 2:00pm – 2:30pm.
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.
Operational Months: All year round.
Age Suitability: Adults and children over 7 years old – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Moderate – walk through the forest along mountain paths with some steep sections which can become slippery in the rainy season.
Topography: Jungle, hills, stream & waterfall.
Location: Mae Wang, 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.
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.

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

This recently opened project is owned by Pang, and managed with the help of her Karen family who have a long tradition of living and working with elephants. Pang grew up around elephants in Mae Chaem and they have always played an important part in her life. The mahouts that care for the elephants are also from Mae Chaem. The family have embraced our ‘Saddle Off’ model and are happy to see that visitors are content to observe elephants in natural surroundings and take part in elephant-friendly activities such as feeding them and walking with them in the forest. Pang enjoys providing guests who appreciate elephants with an experience that they will never forget. The family grows bananas, sugarcane, pumpkin, and grass to provide for the elephants and supports the local community by buying bananas from farmers and employing people from the village. Since their retirement from elephant riding and as a result of being able to interact as a family group, the elephants have gained weight, become more spontaneous, playful and at ease.

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