See a different side of Chiang Mai by hanging out with the gentle giants of the Elephant Nature Park. Be greeted by an expert guide and learn about the plight of this humble species - whose mistreatment is sadly prevalent in many parts of South-East Asia. Help out by feeding one of these friendly creatures from the viewing platform. Then, for those who don't mind getting a bit damp, don some bathers and get wet and wild during bathing time. Wave goodbye to new friends and return to Chiang Mai to make offerings to monks, explore Kad Ton Payo flea market, enjoy a spot of meditation or taste regional specialties.

Start
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Finish
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Countries
Thailand
Themes
Short Breaks, Wildlife
Code
TTAE
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
61kg pp per trip

Delight in visiting Chiang Mai elephants and experience Chiang Mai's spiritual side


Highlights

  • Learn about the plight of Thailand's elephants
  • Delight in elephant feeding time
  • Try not to get wet while bathing an elephant!
  • Take a songthaew to Kad Ton Payom flea market and purchase offerings to give to monks
  • Dine on delicious local specialties
  • Talk with the abbot at the 600-year-old Wat Umong Temple
  • Take a basic meditation class at War Suan Dok

Itinerary

There's so much to see and experience in Chiang Mai, you can always arrive earlier to spend a few more days in this vibrant northern city.
Visit the Elephant Nature Park, a scenic drive from Chiang Mai through the Mae Taeng Valley. Spend a day with these magnificent creatures - learning about their lives and why it is so important to protect them, feeding them lunch and joining in with bath time - if you don't mind getting wet of course!
Take an early morning Songthaew ride to the Kad Ton Payom flea market where alms can be bought to offer passing monks. Sate appetites with a breakfast of local specialities before heading to peaceful Wat Umong to revel in the ambience and hear the abbot speak about Buddhism and Dharma. Then, mingle with monks at Wat Suan Dok and learn some basic meditation techniques.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport
Minibus, Songthaew
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Day trip: Elephant Nature Park

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Notes

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. The tour finishes on day 3 at approximately 12pm
3. This is a join-in trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you will share included activities.

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