The ultimate Thailand eco travel experience — immerse yourself in nature at an elephant camp while supporting human rights.
Spend your days bathing, feeding, riding and playing with elephants. Get to know these gentle guardians of the forests. Stay in an eco-hut, raft down the river, and plunge into the fresh mountain water pool. Eat fresh fruit from the tree and absorb the simple pleasure of a hammock in the mountain sun. Hike the endless trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls, secluded streams and exotic hill tribe villages.
- Mountain Thrills
- Trekking & Hilltribe
- Learning & Teaching
- Thai & Lanna Culture
Amazing Mountain Adventure - our most popular activity! - This tour combines all of the most popular activities so you explore & experience the best of the mountain — all in one day. Starting at dawn from the Chai Lai Orchid, you will travel through the mountain, riding and bathing elephants, trekking to a hill tribe village, swimming in waterfalls, floating down the river in a bamboo raft and then back for more elephant riding. 3500 THB Learn more
Elephant Experience - Meet the elephants that share the mountain with the Chai Lai Orchid! Learn to ride elephants bareback, take a gentle serene ride into the bamboo forest and then cool off in the river with a proper elephant bath. 1500 THB
Tiger Kingdom - This is your chance to not just see Asian tigers, but to also touch and interact with them. Enter the Tiger Kingdom and you can cuddle with cubs or share a cage with an adult Asian tiger. Pulling on a tiger’s tail is an experience you will never forget. Lots of incredible photo opportunities! Learn more
Siam Insect Zoo - Charles Darwin would love this place. The Siam Insect Zoo is a wondrous collection of insects from all over Thailand. A fun way for kids to learn about biology and perhaps even conquer a few fears. There are lots of live Thai insects you can actually touch and a well-stocked butterfly garden you can walk through. It’s an interesting add-on to a day trip to the nearby Tiger Kingdom. 250 THB pp. Learn more
Bamboo Rafting - Traditional bamboo rafts were how the locals traveled and carried goods for trade. Now you can relax on a traditional Bamboo raft and take in the sights of the beautiful Mae Wang valley. This is a mellow relaxing raft ride where you can stand or sit. 600 THB per raft. Learn more
Tubing - Keep cool on hot summer days while you lazily float down the river in a giant inner tube. Great fun for all ages and a great way to see the Mae Wang river. 300 THB pp.
Rock Climbing & Caving - Enjoy one of the most thrilling and rewarding outdoor sports with the beautiful backdrop of Chiang Mai’s mountains and valleys. Intro to rock climbing one day courses start at 2995 THB and advanced courses start at 3495 THB - includes equipment, lunch, snacks, fruit, water, and insurance.
Mountain Biking - Hop on a get ready to tear it up. This is a guided tour around the Mae Wang valley. Your charismatic guide speaks excellent English and used to be a monk so he can show you around local temples as well. This is a great way to see the Thai countryside life, local markets and waterfalls. Enjoy the beauty of the Mae Wang on two wheels. All ages + all fitness levels welcome 3 hours, includes: bicycle, lunch, transportation (support car), English-speaking guide, waterfall entrance fee. 2000 baht
Zip Lining - Everyone should experience flying through the rain forests of Thailand on this amazing adventure at least one in a lifetime. Features 33 platforms to soar from, 5-6 hours, includes lunch. 2600 THB pp. Learn more
Visit a Hill Tribe Village - Unique to the northern Thailand region, many different hill tribes still live in small villages tucked away on the misty mountain tops. You’ll meet farmers tilling stepped rice paddies, hill tribe artisans weaving traditional outfits by hand, and see what it means to live a tribal life connected with nature. Learn more
1 Day Trekking to Waterfalls - Bring your sense of adventure and a bathing suit. Hike through the mountain on hidden trails, cross bamboo bridges, explore the bamboo forest and finally arrive at one of the many waterfalls of the Mae Wang mountain. Now jump in. Learn more
2 Day Trekking Stay Overnight in Hill Tribe Village - This was voted as the most eye-opening, authentic experience by past guests — miles away from the bustling city and tourist traps, you’ll trek to a mountain-top village and home-stay with a hill tribe family for the night in a bamboo home with no TV, internet or even electricity. Share meals, try mountain moonshine and trade stories by the fire. Not for everyone, but definitely a unique experience for the true traveler.** Learn more
Doi Sutep Temple - On national Thai holidays, this mountain temple will be filled with locals because it’s the most popular and beloved in Chiang Mai. It’s lavishly beautiful, dramatic, majestic, filled with historical importance, and offers the most stunning view overlooking the whole city. Learn more
Doi Inthonon National Park - Explore this nature-lover’s mountaintop park on Thailand’s highest peak. Home to 3 famous waterfalls, over 360 species of birds, and serpent, gibbons, tigers, deer, wild boars, Siamese hares and Red Jungle fowls. Learn more
Wiang Kum Kam - Take a horse drawn buggy to visit the ruins of Chiang Mai’s ancient lost city. There are ancient ruins as well as working temples. If you are interested to study the history of Chiang Mai you should add this stop to your day trip to Tiger Kingdom or Doi Sutep. 1-2 hours. Learn more
Thai Cooking Class - Arrive at the cooking school for a brief introduction and then off to a local market to pick out the freshest ingredients and get educated on exotic spices and vegetables. Then you’ll come back to the cooking school's kitchen and learn to cook delicious, authentic Thai dishes by a Thai chef. 700-1000 THB pp
Volunteer Teaching - There’s no better way to experience the heart of northern Thailand than sharing laughs and wonder with the local children. Spend an afternoon giving back by teaching local hill tribe children ESL or music. Cost is free, you will be paid in smiles!
Muay Thai Class - This class focuses on teaching the basic and fundamental techniques of Muay Thai and Boxing, allowing the student to thoroughly understand the movements before expanding on their newly acquired skills. World-class instructors from Thailand will give you private training designed for guests with little or no previous experience in Muay Thai and a great way to start the day. It is so much fun you forget its actually a pretty tough workout. 500 THB pp
Kanthoke Cultural Dinner - Don’t miss one of the best live performances of traditional music, singing and dancing in Chiang Mai. The evening’s entertainment covers different styles from traditional peasant work-songs to classical Lanna dance performances for royalty --- all this while enjoying an authentic northern Thai dinner. 550 THB pp
Ping River Dinner Cruise - Cruise slowly along the River Ping and experience the romantic magic of Chiang Mai by night. Set menu of Thai dinner is served. the boat departs daily at 7pm and returns to the jetty at 9pm. 550 THB pp
Spa treatment - Rejuvenation. Relaxation. Renewal — Balance the human senses through holistic harmony at an oasis that exudes calm and tranquility. Chiang Mai finest spas over the ultimate escape and spa experience at a fraction of the price you pay back home.
In-room Thai massage - No trip to Thailand would be complete without a traditional Thai massage. For centuries, master of Thai massage have used this ancient technique to stretch and massage muscles and joints to relieve medical ailments and improve circulation. And most importantly, you will feel amazingly refreshed. 300 THB pp
Night Bazaar Shopping - Located right in the middle of Chiang Mai, the night bazaar is an amazing spectacle every night from dusk to midnight. Filled with hundred of booths that line the sidewalks and shopping arcades, you’ll find an amazing variety of clothes, watches, electronics, crafts, souvenirs, real brands, fakes and endless street food stalls to keep you going. Come ready to haggle, it’s all part of the experience.** Learn more
Bann Tawai - The place is huge, made up of few sois (lanes). The best selection of anything made of wood can be found there, from small home decor pieces to big furniture items. Shop handcrafted wood carvings, sculpture, gifts and home decor in Thailand’s largest handicraft village.**
SanKamphaeng Handicraft Village - Shop for handcrafted pottery, stoneware, silverware, lacquer-ware paper-ware, sculptures, jewelry, wood carvings and silk products.** Learn more
** price depends on size of your party
The most exciting experience of my round the world journey… and Alexa is the most inspiring hostess…the staff is a warm and happy family of the best Thai cooks and elephant ‘mahoots’ …I felt like I was in the best scenes of Jungle Book… topped by the natural beauty of the river, the trees, the large pool filled with running spring water!!!… I took my first river rafting trip and I am not a good swimmer…I could do it everday… so relaxing, yet invigorating… so many exciting new friends i…
At first I was a little hesitant about staying here as it was more pricey then a lot of the cheap Thai places… However, I decided to give it a try as it had good reviews…. I am so happy I did!! Two years ago I did the elephant trek and felt slightly disappointed as I was in a seat on the back of an elephant… Not even touching it!!
Being at the Chai Lai Orchid I got to see the elephants in every stage of their day!! Even got to swim with a baby elephant and when i rode the elephants i g…
I could not recommend this place more! Their chef is fantastic, and every meal I had was even more spectacular than the last (I especially recommend the green curry and the panang!) If waking up every morning and seeing elephants out your window is not magical enough, try riding one bareback out of the jungle mountains in the morning fog… definitely one of the highlights of my entire Thailand trip. Also, and perhaps more than anything, the staff across the board are so incredibly warm …
Glowing with excitement from the moment I first crossed the suspension bridge over the long river adjacent to the exotic gardens surround the resort, I knew the Chai Lai Orchid was a little PEACE of heaven. The restaurant adjacent to the water is elegantly decorated with colorful lanterns, handmade bamboo torches, and garlands of light. The food is fantastic! You would be hard pressed to find more delicious traditional Thai meals in a better setting than this. You can spend relaxing ho…
Wanting something with more to offer than a hotel in the city we come across chai lai orchid on airbnb we were both stoked about going there and were not dissapointed nice huts, serene location and cafe by the river, Cheap prices for food and drink and great food try the chicken pad thai its the best.
We arrived at night just two hours after a new elephant was born and one of the girls there offered to take us to see him straight away, relaxing banboo raft ride along the river then ele…
Thank you so much to Alexa and Kong for our wonderful week at the Chai Lai Orchid. Our arrival was not ideal because my partner and I arrived still dealing with some kind of stomach troubles we had picked up either in Bangkok or Myanmar. Kong’s wife, Pwon, drove us to a nearby clinic the first morning we were there, and after being evaluated during a relatively fast and organized exam, we left with medicine and were on our way to recovery. The Chai Lai provided the perfect setting in w…
This place is so incredible that if you go to the Chaing Mai area and don’t stay here, you are missing out on an incredible experience. The grounds are beautiful and the rooms are such retreats. We got to see the birth of a baby elephant and ride the elephants bare back and play with them in the river! Alexa is an incredible hostess and has an amazing mission to help the local people. The food at the cafe is some of the best we had in all of SE Asia, and they gave us a cooking class. I…
If you are looking for a life changing experience with elephants and the wilderness of Northern Thailand, I highly recommend you stay at Chai Lai Orchid. There’s nothing quite like staying at an elephant camp and observing and participating in (if you like) the daily activities of these majestic and gentile creatures. You also get to see the special relationship that the Mahouts, their trainers, share with them. In addition, the staff is warm and welcoming and the food at the Chai Lai …
Absolutely love this place. I live in Chiang Mai and heading to Mae Wang for a weekend of relaxation and elephants – Chai Lai Orchid is the perfect getaway. Also, its an excellent place to take visitors who can only spend a short time in the area, because it includes all the highlights Northern Thailand has to offer tied up into one feel-good package: elephants (new baby just born!), bamboo river rafting, hill tribe trekking, and excellent Thai food at their restaurant (the curries are…
My girlfriend and I just got back from a two week trip to Thailand and the highlight was Chai Lai Orchid. Alexa was very responsive and helpful on airbnb to coordinate our visit and travel to and from Chiang Mai. We arrived to a magical place with a suspension bridge that carried us across a small river and into the relaxing resort.
While checking in, the baby elephant lightly touched me on the shoulder with her trunk and I offered her a banana. Mr. Korn gave us a very warm welcome to …