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Elephant Caring in Chiang Mai

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About: Known for their reverence of the sacred animal the elephant, the city of Chiang Mai has an abundance of sanctuaries that offer ‘up close and personal’ interactive experiences with these gentle giants. Take note to do your research before choosing a sanctuary as some camps practice unethical methods, treating the elephants poorly and unfairly.

What to check: You can look for sanctuaries that focus on the creatures’ care and protection, help build the local elephant population, rescue and rehabilitate them. These usually require you to reserve beforehand, and only allow a certain number of visitors per day. While the last few factors may take a bit more time, at least you know the establishment follows strict regulations to keep the elephants healthy and happy, prioritizing the animals over the money made from tours and activities.

Our pick: One such establishment is the Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, who have made their mission to not only provide tourists with an excellent experience, but also to protect and treat their elephants ethically. As one of the leading elephant sanctuaries in the area, they have an amazing track record for sustainable and ethical elephant treatment. They allow only small groups in at a time, and offer activities such as petting, feeding, bathing, and playing with the intelligent creatures.

Working at an elephant camp: If you’re an animal lover who would like to dedicate some more time to the elephants’ cause, Chiang Mai has several elephant camps that allow you to assist the elephant handlers for a day to a week. You’ll help take care of the elephants, learning about them firsthand from an expert, and more. Take note that this is not a tourist activity where you’ll get to play with the elephants all day – it’s also a lot of work!

While learning about elephants through books and television is all perfectly fine, nothing compares to the moment you are able to see them with your own eyes and personally interact with them. With a touch of your palm, you immediately create a bond with an elephant – making it even more difficult to part with the city of Chiang Mai!

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Wat Umong and Doi Suthep Temples Evening Tour – Half Day

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Wat Umong and Doi Suthep Temples Evening Tour – Half Day

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$25/person

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Chiang Mai Michelin Food Walking Tour – 2 Hours

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$30/person

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