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

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. 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.

UPDATES 2019
For bookings made for travel in December 2019 or January 2020, if the Elephant Nature Park is fully booked you will be booked into our alternative BMP Elephant Care Project. This is due to the limited availability at the Elephant Nature Park during peak season.


Start
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Finish
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Destination
Thailand
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks, Wildlife
Code
TTAE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Meet elephants in a responsible environment at the Elephant Nature Park, a unique project providing a sanctuary and rescue centre for these incredible creatures

  • Learn the story of rescued elephants and help feed them from viewing platforms

  • Take a songthaew to Kad Ton Payom flea market and purchase offerings to give to monks

  • Discover local flavours with a traditional breakfast

  • Talk with the abbot at the 600-year-old Wat Umong Temple and learn about Buddhism and Dharma

  • Mingle with the monks and get some basic meditation tips in Wat Suan Dok

Is this trip right for you?

  • This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip. You will have the evenings to yourself and your guide can help suggest places to eat and shop.

  • This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019.
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Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 7pm with your local guide. An airport arrival transfer is included please advise your flight details at time of booking. If you arrive early, head out to explore charming Chiang Mai. The friendliness of the people, the interesting old town bound by moats, and the many fascinating temples enthral travellers from around the world. After the welcome meeting you will have free time tonight. Make sure to sample some delicious traditional northern Thai food in the vibrant night markets – the signature dish is kao soy, yellow wheat noodles in a curry broth, traditionally served with chicken or beef.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The complimentary arrival transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Intrepid. Please provide your arrival details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel to organise this transfer.
Be picked up from your hotel at around 8am by staff from the Elephant Nature Park for your day out and elephant experience. Please note you will be joined by other travellers who have also booked this day tour through the Nature Park. Drive along the Mae Taeng Valley to the Elephant Nature Park (approximately 1 hour/60 kilometres), a unique project providing a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants and other animals such as buffalo, dogs, cats and birds. Be greeted by an expert local guide and then learn the stories of the rescued elephants and the issues confronting elephants in South-East Asia. Witness how these elephants have become a happy herd and are finally free from abuse for the first time in their lives. You'll have a chance to feed the elephants from the viewing platform as well as a tasty vegetarian buffet lunch. Walk with the park staff to the river and watch elephants bathe and play as they are watched over by their personal mahouts. The park visit is all about spending quality time observing elephants and does not stick to a strict schedule so make the most of enjoying these beautiful creatures in a safe and protected environment. Return to Chiang Mai early afternoon (approx. 3-330) to continue to soak up the atmosphere of this great city. Tonight is free for you to do as you wish. You could indulge in an authentic Thai massage tonight at one of the many places within walking distance from your hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Elephant Nature Park day trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
What to Bring: Hat, Sunscreen, Shoes for walking, Camera, Bug Repellent, Refillable Water Bottle. (Rain Jacket - Rainy Season April - October)

For bookings made for travel in December 2019 or January 2020, if the Elephant Nature Park is fully booked you will be booked into our alternative BMP Elephant Care Project. This is due to the limited availability at the Elephant Nature Park during peak season. Please see further information about the BMP Elephant Care Project under the "Itinerary Disclaimer" section of our Essential Trip Information.
It’s an early start today (pick up between 5.30 to 5.50am) as you set off by songthaew for a scenic drive to Kad Ton Payom flea market. Here you’ll collect your offerings from the market and then offer these alms to monks to ‘make merit’. This region is famous for its cuisine and you’ll enjoy a traditional breakfast of local specialities such as rice soup, fried rice, and grilled pork. The next stop is Wat U-mong, a 600 year-old temple famed for its large painted pagoda and underground tunnel. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere and take the opportunity to talk with the abbot about Buddhism and Dharma. Then it’s on to Wat Suan Dok, where you can mingle with monks to learn about their way of life, take some time to learn basic meditation, and also make an offering to the Sangkha (the Buddhist community). Your adventure concludes at apprioximately 12pm, and you are free to depart at any time. There is no accommodation included tonight. Perhaps stay in Chiang Mai and explore the city further.
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Kad Ton Payom Market visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today you will join in with an Urban Adventures tour - Chiang Mai Mind & Soul. You may meet other travellers who are also doing thie Urban Adventures tour only.
As this trip visits religious sites, please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Mini Bus, Songthaew

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Chiang Mai - Elephant Nature Park day trip
  • Chiang Mai - Kad Ton Payom Market visit

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. This trip starts on day 1 at 7pm with a welcome meeting, the trip finishes on day 3 at approximately 12pm
3. This trip is operated by one of our local partners in Thailand and therefore you may be joined by a mixture of Intrepid-booked passengers and other travellers during activities.

UPDATES 2019
For bookings made for travel in December 2019 or January 2020, if the Elephant Nature Park is fully booked you will be booked into our alternative BMP Elephant Care Project. This is due to the limited availability at the Elephant Nature Park during peak season.

Essential trip information

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