Maerim Elephant Sanctuary
Maerim Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai is an ethical elephant sanctuary located 40 kilometers north of the old city of Chiang Mai. This cozy elephant sanctuary is a great choice for families with young children because of its location close to the city. Maerim Elephant Sanctuary has 5 elephants rescued from riding camps, circus and illegal logging work.
You will spend a half day observing, feeding, bathing and walking in the jungle with the elephants. Our guides will explain you where the elephants come from and how to take care of these intelligent animals.
For lunch or dinner we will teach you how to cook your own real Thai noodle soup.
Children younger than 7 years of age get a 50% discount.
Itinerary & Practicalities
Price: 1600 THB
Pick up from your hotel between 7:00am – 7:30am (morning program) or pick up from your hotel between 2:00pm – 2:30pm (afternoon program).
Drive approximately 45 minutes from Chiang Mai to Maerim Elephant Sanctuary.
Arrive and change into traditional Karen mahout clothing.
Greet the elephants with your basket of bananas.
Play with our elephant family while you learn about their behavior and past.
Walk in the jungle along a stream surrounded by nature and local farms.
Bathe the elephants and play with them in the water.
Learn how to make your own traditional noodle soup.
Relax and enjoy in the sun at our swimming pool.
Leave the sanctuary and drive back to Chiang Mai.
Return to your hotel around 12:30pm (morning program) or 7:00pm (afternoon
Included in the price: Transportation, food, water, insurance, experienced local tour guide and food for the elephants.
What to bring: Swimming gear, towel, mosquito spray, sun screen and flip flops.
How can I book this tour? Please fill in the booking request at the bottom of this page. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.
Would you like to visit the Maerim Elephant Sanctuary for a full day instead? Check out the full day tour >>