Thailand Elephant Experience
Thailand’s Ethical Elephant Experience
GIVE’s Thailand Elephant Experience takes you through Northern Thailand to trek with elephants in the jungle, play with baby elephants, volunteer at an ethical elephant sanctuary, and visit an elephant nursery and veterinary hospital! We only work with individuals that love and respect these creatures, which ensures that you have an unforgettable and ethical elephant experience. By joining GIVE’s Thailand Elephant Experience, you’ll give local experts the resources they need to promote Asian elephant welfare and conservation!
“Because you vote with your dollar,’ I voted to have my tourism dollars support the first Elephant Hospital in Thailand, which offers free veterinary care to elephants throughout the country, a mahout-training program that teaches positive reinforcement training techniques, and a reforestation program that regenerates the tropical forests necessary to sustain elephants in the wild.”Leah Pletcher
Why support ethical elephant tourism?
Aside from spending a full week hanging with elephants in the jungle…
This Keystone Species is Disappearing
Asian elephants are currently listed as endangered and their population is decreasing. By supporting elephant sanctuaries and conservation centers, you’ll help to ensure these incredible creatures are around for future generations to see.
Understand Elephant Conservation
Every day you will be learning from local elephant trainers, mahouts, conservationists and veterinarians about the complex issues Asian elephants face. More importantly, you will be able to witness their holistic solutions in action.
Preserve Mahout Culture & Integrity
The bond between mahouts and elephants is centuries old and, unfortunately, is being lost with each passing generation. Empower mahouts to maintain their culture, livelihood and integrity, and directly support elephant welfare.
Elephant Experience Itinerary
here’s A GLIMPSE of ALL That awaits you
Play with baby elephants | Support an Elephant Nursery, Hospital & Conservation Center | Trek with elephants | Empower local experts | Summit Thailand’s tallest mountain
Your Thailand elephant experience commences: Group arrives in Chiang Mai. Meet your incredible guides and fellow travelers at the airport, and then head straight to our first elephant camp!
Put on a traditional mahout outfit and get to know a family of elephants, including their baby girl, Nam Khao! Spend the rest of the morning bathing and feeding them in the river. After lunch, we’ll head to an elephant hospital that provides free veterinary care to elephants in Thailand. Learn how to make herbal medicines, which you’ll then get to feed to the elephants! After that, we’ll head to the Elephant Conservation Center for a presentation on their efforts to reintroduce captive elephants to the wild. We’ll cap off the day with a traditional Thai dinner and Q&A with an expert elephant trainer!
Start your day watching elephants complete their morning exercises which, staying true to an ethical elephant experience, are designed to promote mental and physical enrichment. We’ll then drive north through the rolling green landscape of Mae Chaem, stopping at the spectacular Wachirathan waterfall along the way! That night you will join a Thai cooking class and learn to make kao soi, a delicious noodle curry dish, followed by a traditional northern Thai dance performed by local students!
Spend the morning volunteering at an elephant sanctuary that provides a home for old, injured and retired elephants needing rest and/or permanent care. This a special place where elephants are free to just be elephants! After lunch, we’ll head deeper into the mountains towards the Karen hill-tribe village of Huay Pakoot. Learn more about the Karen tribe’s incredible history of keeping elephants and have dinner with your homestay family, who will welcome you into their home for the night!
Trek deep into the jungle with your mahouts in search of a familial herd of 4 elephants – Mae Thong Kam, Bai Fern, Mario, and their baby boy, Santi. Spend the entire morning feeding and observing them in their natural habitat, and then learn about herbal elephant medicines from an elder mahout that afternoon. We’ll camp in the jungle overnight with our mahouts, sharing stories and laughs around the bonfire!
Spend one last morning hiking in the jungle with these incredible animals in their natural habitat before hiking back to Huay Pakoot. Reunite with your homestay family and head to the village temple for a special ceremony with local monks.
After breakfast, we’ll begin the journey back to Chiang Mai, stopping along the way to reach the summit of Doi Inthanon, the tallest mountain in Thailand! Soak in the views before heading back to Chiang Mai for one final night of reflection and celebration with your GIVE family.
Trip End: All good things must come to an end. Say your goodbyes and begin the journey home.
**THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY WHICH IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Volunteer in Thailand & Laos For 4 Weeks Before your Elephant Experience Add-on
Combine the Thailand & Laos Excursions with the Elephant Immersion and SAVE $700 on the Ultimate Southeast Asia experience.