Ethical Elephant Tours Asian Elephant Projects
One Day Trips
Chiang Mai - North
Visit this peaceful elephant sanctuary for an unforgettable experience - dress in traditional Lanna clothing and feed the elephants, take a walk with them in nature, bathe them in the river, and watch them play in the mud pit. As part of a small group, observe elephants freed from a life of hardship, with time to forage, roam, and socialize.
Visit this elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai for a close encounter with elephants rescued from logging and elephant riding. Join a small group in beautiful natural surroundings and feed the elephants, walk with them, watching them forage along the way. Help to reforest their natural habitat by planting saplings or tying protective Buddhist sashes to the trunks of trees.
This is one of the first projects developed where the traditional activities of elephant camps have been transformed under the ‘Saddle Off!’ model. Guests spend meaningful time with these elderly elephants now enjoying their retirement roaming in nature, foraging, and socializing. End the day white water rafting to Elephant Nature Park to observe the herds.
Set high in the lush mountains near Baan Lao, this elephant sanctuary boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Northern Thailand. Walk with rescued elephants along mountain paths, feed the elephants, and watch them bathe and play happily in the mud pit, making for an unforgettable day. This project offers some wonderful photo opportunities.
This project is home to three beautiful female elephants rescued from elephant riding, now enjoying a better life under the dedicated care of the good-hearted owner. As part of a small group, you will have plenty of time to observe and learn about the elephants while feeding them, walking with them, bathing them, and watching them take a mud bath.
Spend the day with three elephants retired from a hard life of logging and elephant riding. At this elephant sanctuary, an emphasis is placed on providing visitors with insights into the nature of elephants, how to properly care for them, and interact with them respectfully. The program includes a visit to Elephant Nature Park where you can see the resident herds socializing.
Spend the day by the beautiful Mae Taeng River in Northern Thailand with three happy elephants now retired from riding. As part of a small group, get to know the elephants while feeding them, and join them on a challenging jungle trek that crosses the river over a bamboo bridge. After your hike, cool off in the river and swim with the elephants.
Join this elephant tour as part of a small group, accompanied by a friendly, English speaking guide for a meaningful and educational encounter with elephants in a natural setting. The project is run by a Thai Lanna family with 20 years experience in elephant tourism – now embracing the opportunity to end elephant riding and adopt our ethical ‘Saddle Off!’ model.
Experience a magical day at this elephant sanctuary in Northern Thailand, near Chiang Mai. Get to know the elephants while feeding them fruit and later join them on a jungle trek through forested mountain trails. After lunch, prepare healthy snacks for the elephants, followed by a spa bath, where you can scrub them with a medicinal vine.
Join a small group to learn about the elephants and observe them in an environment where they are free from the burden of elephant riding. Our eco-friendly activities include hand-feeding the elephants fruit and vegetables, taking a long walk with them in the forested hills, and later bathing them in the river.
Arriving at the elephant sanctuary located in a scenic valley near Chiang Mai, meet the elephants and get to know them a little while feeding them. Join the elephants on a hike through jungle hill trails, handing them fruit along the way, and after lunch, bathe the elephants in the river, ending with a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure to Elephant Nature Park to see the herds.
This ethical elephant tour offers the perfect chance to experience being with elephants in a lovely natural setting in a small group, accompanied by an experienced tour guide. Prepare food and feed the elephants and then join them on a scenic uphill forest walk. Bathe the elephants in the river, and end a memorable day with bamboo rafting.
Experience being with elephants living in sanctuary near Chiang Mai as part of an intimate group. Spend time with a small herd including a mother elephant and her baby in a lovely natural setting. Feed the elephants and then join them on a scenic forest walk along hillside trails. The project includes a reforestation program where visitors help to revitalize the elephant's natural habitat.
Visitors will have the opportunity of spending time with a young elephant and her nanny. Activities include preparing fruit and vegetables and feeding the elephants, walking with the elephants in nature, and watching them take a mud bath – a favorite activity, especially for young elephants – as well as bathing them in a pond.
One Day Trips
Chiang Mai - South
This elephant sanctuary offers the special experience of visiting a 100 year old Karen settlement where the family has been living with and caring for elephants for generations. Gain insights into the nature of this remarkable species while feeding them, walking with them in nature, watching them play in the mud, and bathing them in the river.
As part of a small group accompanied by a tour guide, experience a close encounter with elephants. Activities are suitable for all ages and include taking a leisurely walk with the elephants, watching them playing in the mud and bathing them in the river. Located near Chiang Mai, this elephant sanctuary is surrounded by forest and farmland with a small river coursing through it.
This elephant sanctuary near Chiang Mai offers guests an amazing experience being with elephants in beautiful natural surroundings including a jungle canopy and a cascading stream. Feed the elephants, walk with them along hillside jungle trails, watching them forage, and later watch them take a mud bath and bathe them in the stream.
Visit this elephant tour for an intimate experience with elephants deep in the jungle. Feed the elephants, walk with them on picturesque mountain trails, watch them play in the mud and bathe them in the stream. The project is run by Karen people, renowned for their centuries-old tradition of living and working with elephants.
Retired from riding and shows, the elephants at this sanctuary now live a more natural life, where they can socialize freely and wander in the forest. This project was formed in cooperation with a Karen family who has cared for and worked with elephants for over 25 years. Activities include walking with the elephants, feeding them, and bathing them in the river.
Set among the hills of Northern Thailand, this elephant sanctuary is home to three elephants rescued from riding and giving performances, including a female who is currently pregnant. The Karen owner has embraced an ethical form of elephant tourism where the elephants now enjoy their lives with time to socialize, roam, forage, and play together.
Set amongst stunning jungle scenery, this elephant sanctuary is accessible only by 4WD and supports the Karen by allowing them to bring their elephants home where they can be properly cared for. Experience an unforgettable day with elephants watching them forage in the jungle, wallow in the mud, and bathe in a beautiful natural stream.
Join us for an unforgettable experience spending time with elephants in a beautiful natural setting in Northern Thailand, including a waterfall. The elephants here now enjoy a better life, free from elephant riding or performing in shows, with time to forage, roam, play, and socialize. The Karen family has a long history of living and working with elephants.
Dress in traditional Karen clothing and enjoy a relaxing day with the elephants, including a mother and her baby. This 'Saddle Off!' project is suitable for all ages and includes a short nature walk with the elephants. Take some amazing photos of the elephants playing in the mud pit together and later bathe them in the river.
Half Day Trips
Join this half day tour to experience a small herd of elephants, made up of a mother and her young, living happily together in the picturesque mountains of Northern Thailand. Observe the elephants socializing, foraging, and bathing in a cascading stream shaded by the jungle canopy. Feed the elephants, walk with them in the forest, and enjoy a visit to a spectacular waterfall.
Elephant Twilight is a half day afternoon tour that offers those with limited time the chance to have a memorable encounter with elephants. Arriving at the project around 2pm, you will spend time with elephants rescued from a hard life of logging and elephant riding, as well as their young - now enjoying a more natural life with elephant-friendly activities.
Volunteer - One Week
Thailand & Cambodia
Join our elephant sanctuary volunteer program and help rehabilitate elephants rescued from street begging, now returned to their owner’s villages to live a more natural life, free to roam, take mud baths, and socialize with the herd. Volunteers will experience a traditional homestay with plenty of time to observe and care for the elephants.
Spend a week volunteering with like-minded people from around the globe and positively impact the lives of elephants living in Surin. Get to know the Kuy people, whose relationship with elephants is centuries-old and spend meaningful time with the elephants. Activities include feeding and bathing the elephants as well as planting grass and saplings.
Become an elephant sanctuary volunteer and spend an unforgettable week in the jungle with a small group of volunteers caring for the elephants and learning about the Karen people who have a generations-old tradition of working with elephants. You will have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of the elephants and people in the local community.
Join our eco-volunteer program and play a vital role in helping to protect and regenerate 25,000 acres of forest so that elephants and other native species can re-populate the wildlife reserve. The elephants at this project are free to roam the sanctuary, offering volunteers the special experience of observing them foraging and socializing at will in nature.