Everywhere you go in Thailand you see symbols of majestic Asian Elephants. Their revered imagery adorns everything from Buddhist temples to the royal navy flags, so an elephant wedding ceremony is the quintessential Thailand wedding.
An elephant ceremony is a unique way to celebrate your love, for marriages, renewing your vows or crowning your honeymoon with a special day. The beautiful river that runs through the Chai Lai Orchid and the surrounding mountains makes this a dream location for nature lovers. Your ceremony can be simple and spiritual, or playful, with colorful dancers, music, and fireworks.
Chai Lai weddings are entirely custom made: we can tailor the celebration to reflect your personal spiritual beliefs, and we can also host small receptions on site (up to 30 guests).*
13:00 – Pick up from your hotel in the city and drive to Chai Lai Orchid, one hour into the mountains of Northern Thailand
14:00 – Meet the elephants. With the help of a mahout, get to know the elephants, bathing and feeding them.
After getting to know our elephants, we recommend spending this day relaxing and enjoying our beautiful jungle home. Go for a romantic walk in the jungle, take a dip in the river, or enjoy the elephant happy hour in our cafe.
08:00 – Delicious breakfast for two
09:00 – Thai massage in the comfort of your own room
11:00 – Hair and makeup
13:00 – Head to the local temple where the monks will be waiting for you
13:30 – Buddhist blessing and merit making, followed by a location photoshoot in a stunning natural environment of your choice. Many couples choose to go to a nearby waterfall.
15:30 – Return to Chai Lai Orchid and enjoy a refreshing cocktail in our riverside cafe
16:00 – After some time to relax and, and if you wish, change, your photographer will arrange an epic wedding photoshoot with our elephant Seavoy
18:00 – Romantic candlelit dinner for two with Prosecco and topped off with your choice of cake or Thai desserts
20:00 – At dusk, make a wish for health and happiness in your new union by releasing a lantern into the sky.
08:00 – Delicious breakfast in our riverside cafe
09:00 – Head off for a beautiful guided trek through the jungle. The length and difficulty of the hike can be adjusted to fit your ability, just let us know! On average our guests prefer to hike 2-3 hours through lush jungle terrain. Along the way you will see a wide variety of animals and plants, and your guide will share their expert jungle knowledge.
Cool off in the lazy Mae Wang River on a traditional bamboo raft ride. Depending on the seasonal height of the river, rides can be from 40 min to 1 hour in duration. While most areas of the river are very shallow, lifejackets are available upon request.
16:00 – Your transportation will be waiting for you to return to Chiang Mai.
*Please note: we strongly recommend that you register your marriage in your home country before or after your wedding at the Chai Lai Orchid. We are unable to arrange the official, legal aspects of your marriage, and any ceremony held during your wedding here will not be legally binding.