This 1 day trip combining our guest’s favorite activities into one unforgettable adventure. You will have the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to bond with an elephant by spending one-on-one time with them. After befriending the elephant herd, enjoy fresh Thai food in nature and g next to a babbling jungle river. Then take in beautiful landscapes on a hike through sun-soaked rice fields and lush jungle. Your guide will lead you to find hidden jungle waterfalls where you can plunge into the refreshing water. This will be a day unlike any other! This is our most popular tour so please reserve in advance.
Get picked-up from Chai Lai (9AM) or from your Chiang Mai hotel (between 8-9AM). Transportation is a traditional Thai songteaw (covered pick-up truck).
Arrive at an authentic elephant jungle sanctuary! Feed all the elephants in the herd, swim and play in the river, learn how to make elephant medicine and enrichment activities for the elephants and meet a baby elephant. You will plenty of time for photos, and learning how to communicate with them. Walk with your elephant through the jungle to forage and then cool off together by bathing them in the river!
We offer only ethical elephant tours. The elephants we love and support are trained each day through positive reinforcement, helping them learn to respond to voice commands. Managing them responsibly helps us ensure these elephants can safely receive veterinary care because they trust the humans around them
This tour offers a delicious picnic lunch in the lush Chiang Mai jungle. Enjoy a traditional vegetarian meal and fresh seasonal fruits as you look out onto the babbling Mae Wang river. Please let us know beforehand if you have any dietary restrictions so we can accommodate.
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 as you take in the epic beauty of Northern Thailand.
Hike to a secluded jungle waterfall where you can cool off by taking a dip! This is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings in the jungle.
This tour also includes visiting a beautiful Karen Hill Tribe village where guests will have the opportunity to explore the traditional Karen way of life. See traditional Karen houses, and learn from your local Karen guide how indigenous people raise animals, plant crops, and enjoy their rural lifestyle. There are local artisans in each village, so this can also be a place to grab a one-of-a-kind souvenir from a local craftswoman.
Glide down the lazy Mae Wang River on a traditional bamboo raft! Bamboo floats! And make for an ingenious and totally eco mode of transportation. A guide from the Lahu hill tribe community will use a bamboo paddle to steer you around the winding Mae Wang river on this handmade bamboo raft. 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, life jackets are available upon request.
Return to the Chai Lai Orchid elephant camp and say goodbye to your new elephant friends. Your transportation will be waiting to drive you back to Chiang Mai. This tour typically finishes around 5PM.
This tour is well organized but relaxed. In order to give you the best experience and maximum time exploring your preferred activities, there’s no set schedule. It’s Thai time!
This trip is well organized but relaxed. In order to give you the best experience and maximum time doing your preferred activities, there’s no set schedule. It’s Thai time!