Karen Tribe Native Elephants (Group Join In)

Price : 2,800 Time : 07.30-17.00 pm.

Karen Tribe Native Elephants – More Than A Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary. They’re part of family.

Come experience what life is like living in harmony with nature-and a herd of Asian elephants. This is not the typical elephant nature park in Chiang Mai. This is an opportunity to see why the Karen Tribe has been called ‘The Caretakers of the Elephants’ for hundreds of years. Send us a message on the form below and we hope to see you in the Hills. *These encounters are limited to small groups so early reservations are suggested.

The Most Unique, Personal, Educational and Memorable time of your life.

Elephants in Thai Culture:

Elephants have always been revered and played an integral part in Thai culture and history. They have been magnificent ceremonial animals, they protected our Nation and our King, important in Buddhist religion, and as the engines of our agriculture and teak timber supplies for building. For us they are not about money, they are about being a central part of our lives.

As a tribe of people who have long resided in Thailand, the Karen people have been the main caretakers of the elephants. In living together, the Karen people believe it is important that humans and animals know how to respect, love and understand one another.

We believe what is more important is the quality of time and experience you will get with the elephants as well as seeing the difference in the character of our trainers. It’s not about the quantity of people coming into our facility at a time. We do not see the elephants as business; we see them as part of the family.

Their New Elephant Vision:

As elephants ceased to be used in farming and logging, in our village, we were no longer able to afford to keep and feed them. Many villages sold their elephants to the commercial tourist camps where they were overworked and badly treated. To keep our beloved elephants in our village, we had to invent a new model. Instead of being working farm animals or circus performers. Our elephants are now at the core of our Ecotourism project, Karen Tribe Native Elephants. It is visitors like you who admire and want to support elephants in a caring environment that crucially replace the circus entry fees and the former farming work.

Their Village now has some elephants. We have come together to help both mistreated elephants and our village by bringing the elephants back. Baby Elephants! We have baby elephants and more on the way, we are excited to announce our main priority is coming to pass.

Activity Itinerary

  • * Chiang Mai hotel pick up 7.30 AM
  • *  Transportation: We will be picking you up from your hotel, and taking you through the most beautiful and scenic view routes in Chiang Mai to the Karen’s Tribe Native Elephants.
  • * Upon Arrival: When you arrive, you will get a change of clothes for training.
  • * Training session:  We will walk you to the elephants and teach you to properly introduce yourself to the elephant that you will be training for the day or overnight stay.
  • * After you have met with your elephant we will also teach and train you how to approach and mount the elephants bareback.
  • * In the morning will feed and care for your elephant with organic fruits and herbs.
  • * Daily Health Care: you will learn all the necessary preparations for the care of the elephants, as well as learning how to make Herbal medication for your elephant.
  • * Training: We will train you in the different ways to mount your elephant to ride bareback, also we will teach you the different spoken commands for the elephant. Once comfortable, you will travel with and exercise your elephant.
  • * After a long day of caring and exercising your elephant we will show you how to bathe your elephant in the stream.
  • * Saying “see you later”: It is always hard to say goodbye once you’ve experienced this kind of love and care for your elephant, and we hope that you come back to visit! (this is the time to take lots of photos with your elephant and the trainers)
  • * Return to Chiang Mai at 5pm.


Transportation, specialized training trip with the elephant, Traditional Karen lunch, bottled water, complimentary photos and video of your experience with your elephant, and accident insurance.


As tourists gradually return to Thailand, we wanted to welcome you back with open arms! For a limited time and as a very special thank you for joining us in Chiang Mai to share in our love of elephants, we are reducing the price of the day trips just for you!

1 Day Trip

2 guests sharing 1 elephant – Normally 3,500 THB per person Now 2,800 THB per person.

1 elephant per guest – Normally 5,800 THB per person Now 5,500 THB per person.

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