Elephants, Chiang Mai

There are loads of elephant sanctuaries in the mountains and hills surrounding Chiang Mai. 


The Patara Elephant Farm is a responsible tourism initiative caring for rescued Asian elephants and supporting conservation efforts through a dedicated breeding program. The unique Elephant Owner for a Day experience teaches you and your family how to care for an elephant – bathing and brushing the gentle creature, learning elephant commands, taking the elephants for a swim, going on an elephant-back trek to a local waterfall or temple. The cost  is 5,800 baht/person. Staff will pick your family up from your hotel early in the morning and take you to the Patara Elephant Farm in the Hang Dong Valley, 30 minutes south of Chiang Mai.