Chiang Mai Tours : Elephants Safari

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Experience a full day of fun with a trip to a Chiang Mai elephant camp. Start the morning off by watching the elephants bathe and have fun in a river. Once they’ve cooled off and refreshed themselves, it’s time for them to go to the camp’s riverside showground to play football and paint pictures for you. Next comes the moment you’ve been waiting for: go on an unforgettable elephant ride through the tropical jungle. Other activities in this Chiang Mai elephant tour include a visit to a local Lisu hill tribe village and an orchid and butterfly farm in addition to rides on an ox-drawn cart through the forest and a bamboo raft down the river. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Sites and Activities

Pickup will be between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM if your hotel is in the Old City and Night Bazaar area. Pickup will be between 8:30 AM and 8:45 AM if your hotel is within 3 km outside of the Old City.

  • 10:00 AM : Arrive at the Mae Tamaan Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai
  • 10:15 AM : Bamboo rafting (approximately 45 minutes)
  • 11:30 AM : Watch elephants bathing and putting on a show (approximately 40 minutes)
  • 12:10 PM : Lunch at a restaurant near the river at the elephant camp
  • 1:00 PM : Ride an elephant (approximately 25 minutes)
  • 1:30 PM : Take an oxcart ride (approximately 20 minutes)
  • 2.30 PM : Depart from the Mae Tamaan Elephant Camp
  • 3:00 PM : Arrive at the Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm (approximately 30 minutes)
    Optional Tours: Monkey training school, cobra show, Tiger Kingdom, shooting range, bungee jumping, and all-terrain vehicle. Please arrange this trip with your tour guide.
  • 4:00 PM : Depart from the orchid and butterfly farm
  • 5:00 PM : Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai

Please Note: You will be allowed to spend as much time as possible at each event depending on the weather, traffic, and other visitors. Therefore, the times of the activities in the above schedule may vary.

About the Chiang Mai Elephant Camp Tour

After a peaceful drive through the countryside, this tour begins deep in the jungles of Chiang Mai. First hop on a traditional bamboo raft and take in the beautiful sights, cool breezes, and soft sounds of nature while gently floating down the Mae Taeng River. Afterward, take a short ride in a minibus to the Mae Tamaan Elephant Camp and get your first glimpse of the elephants as they take a refreshing bath in the river with their mahouts (elephant trainers). Be sure to take a photo while these playful animals are in the water! After cooling off, the elephants will play football, paint pictures, dance, and haul logs for you at the camp.

After enjoying a traditional Thai lunch near the river, take an unforgettable elephant ride through the jungle to a local hill tribe community handicraft center. The handicraft center has displays of intricate beaded jewelry, elaborate clothing, and hand-woven baskets, all handmade by the people of the Lisu hill tribe.

Return to the elephant camp on a traditional ox cart and then visit an orchid and butterfly farm. Discover the many species of orchids that thrive in Thailand’s tropical climate and even sit inside a butterfly enclosure and experience the touches of their gentle wings as they flutter around you. 

This Tour Includes

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel or guesthouse
  • Transportation via minibus with air conditioning and driver
  • All entrance fees (excluding tour add-ons)
  • Thai buffet lunch

What to Bring

  • Walking shoes
  • Any comfortable hot-weather clothing
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Camera (Optional)

Additional Information

Add-on activities to this Chiang Mai Elephant Camp Tour are also available at additional cost. Please speak with your tour guide about including any of the following activities:

  • Long Neck Karen hill tribe village
  • Monkey training school
  • Cobra show
  • Tiger Kingdom
  • Shooting range
  • Bungee jumping
  • All-terrain vehicle

If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please inform your tour guide. We can serve vegetarian food upon request.

Pick up and drop off

Included in each tours from any Chiang Mai City Hotel or Guesthouse in a 3KM radius. From out of town we need to make arrangement or you need to meet us in the city to a meeting point.


  • This is a Join in Group Tour, approximately 12 persons.
  • Tour operated by our Tour Operator Partner

Join-in Tour Price

1 Adult ฿1,150.00
Children (age 2-9)
1 Child ฿575.00

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Tour Faqs

  • Will I get wet?

    The rafting is smooth and seated: you should not get wet.

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